You wouldn’t buy a used car without opening the hood. In most cases, you would take it to your mechanic for inspection. Similarly, when buying an old home, you would dot your i’s and cross your t’s. Have you ever heard of someone who got rid of their car because it was starting to cause them problems? Maybe the same is happening to that old house you have your eye on. New pipes, new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), as well as a new sewer line, could run into the thousands of dollars to remedy. Old houses have that nostalgic look, and for many, it’s a perfect place to start a home. Before you sign on the dotted line, have the plumbing thoroughly inspected, and that needs to include a camera inspection of the sewer line.
Have The Plumbing Inspected On The Old House Before You Purchase
Having an expert from a plumbing company do the inspection is the best choice because they will cover all your bases. They’ll check for leaks under the house irrigation, as well as inspect your water heater. Even the water pressure is inspected. Everywhere water runs through the house, inspections are completed. Having the plumbing inspected on an old house is taking preventative measures. According to Home Advisor, the average homeowner that experiences water damage costs them $450 to $6000 in clean-up costs. Nationwide states that water restoration companies charge $18.22 to $23.43 per foot for the clean up only. A home buyer never wants to experience buyer’s remorse.
Your plumbing inspection will include:
- Pipe checks underneath and outside the home
- Toilet, which includes water levels, flappers, and filler mechanisms
- Sinks, faucets, tubs, and showerheads all get checked
- Water heaters get a water temperature check as well as a check to the pressures relief valves
- A sharp eye is open to bad DIY repair jobs
- The sewer lines are inspected.
- And much more…
Don’t Fall Prey To A Money Pit
If you’re buying an old home, don’t be swept off your feet by its charming look. The last thing you want is to fall prey to a money pit. Real prevention is not waiting for bad things to happen; it’s preventing something from happening in the first place. The first investment you should make in the home is a home inspection with a plumbing inspection from a reputable plumbing company.
Have Your Sewer Line Inspected
One big issue in older homes is your sewer main. A homeowner can have the drain cleared using a hydro jetter, leaving them sparkling clean. The hydro jetter can even clear tree roots. You would never even know you had a problem with your sewer line. A camera inspection of your drain by your plumbing expert will identify any issues in your sewer lines, such as cracks, breaks, or root intrusions. In the ’50s through the late ’60s, clay sewer pipes were installed, and they have an average life expectancy of 70 years. Cast Iron and lead pipe have a slightly longer life expectancy, but lead pipes are at high risk for leaching lead. Save yourself the headaches that an old home can bring and have your plumbing inspected by your plumbing professional.