If you’re a home buyer, maybe even a first time home buyer and the house you’re looking at is an older home, beware of potential plumbing problems before you sign on the dotted line. If you have any specific concerns, have a list of questions ready for your home inspector. There are a couple of primary areas that may require a more detailed inspection, and it may cost you slightly extra; it could pay dividends in the future. If you purchase a house that’s had a home inspection and you find out a week later that your sewer lines cracked, you have no recourse. As much as we would like to think real estate agents and home inspectors want the best for their clients, they are not all the same. Potential homeowners need to step up in the home buying process with due diligence.
Have A Video Inspection Completed On The Sewer Line
Your home inspectors will examine the major systems in a home such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing system. With that said, an inspector will not complete a video inspection of your sewer line. Clay and cast iron sewer line will likely be the sewer line present in an older home. On average they have a 50-year life expectancy, some may last much longer, while others may have a shorter lifespan. So if you’re purchasing a home that exceeds 40 years, it might be best to have a video inspection of your sewer line.
Complete A Water Quality Check Of Your Steel Galvanized Pipes
Remember that steel galvanized pipes were the pipe of choice up through the 1960s after that copper pipes were the pipe of choice for home building. Steel galvanized pipes have a lifespan of 40 to 50 years. So when purchasing a new home, have your inspector thoroughly check the pipes for rust and mineral build up. A water quality test might be helpful since what we’ve learned about the galvanized pipe is that over decades of use they tend to corrode from the inside out.
Check The Age On Your Water Heater
Your water heater has a 10 to 15-year life span. Your home inspector along with plumbing professional can tell you how old your water heater is, based on the model and serial number. If it’s still working but over ten years old, the sellers might be willing to allow for some compensation.
Have No Regrets When Purchasing A New Home
No one wants to move into a new house only to find things wrong with it. Our plumbing system is an intricate part of our homes function. A broken sewer line, rusted galvanized pipes and an outdated water heater can squash the joy of a new home buying experience, if not addressed before the purchase. To consult with a plumbing specialist before your home purchase call Big B’s Plumbing today. License #986152