Before Purchasing a Home be sure to follow the following Plumbing Checklist:
* Flush the toilets in all of the bathrooms. Make sure they empty and fill correctly. Examine the bowl and floor for water, which may mean a leak.
* Check all the faucets around the house and make sure they do not drip. A dripping faucet may seem like a minor thing, but it can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run.
* Locate the water meter and examine the shut off valve to make sure it is working. If the water comes from a well, the shut off valve should be inside the house.
* Inspect the hot water heater. You should check the water heater’s capacity, location, and how old it is. One important thing to check is the level of mineral deposits that settle at the bottom of the water heater. The more the mineral deposits build up in the water heater tank, the less room there will be for hot water.
* Find out what type of sewer system the house uses. If the house uses a septic tank find out where it is located, the capacity of the tank, and the location of the lateral lines.
* Make sure the plumbing has protection for freezing weather. The protection can be things such as wrapped pipes and vents, which will close off in the winter when the weather gets extremely cold. If the home uses well water the well should be protected from freezing weather as well.
Of course plumbing isn’t the only thing you need to inspect. Once you decide on a home you would like to buy, hire a general contractor or home inspector to inspect all major house systems, from top to bottom, including the roof, plumbing, electrical and heating systems, foundation, and drainage.