A Home Buyer’s Plumbing Checklist

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’re ever going to make.  And, if you don’t do your research, checking a home’s systems out thoroughly, it can be a very costly mistake.  You see, one of the most important things that should be checked before making an offer on a home is the plumbing.  And, trust us, this is absolutely essential, as you don’t want any surprises after you sign a contract and move in.

That’s why we’ve put together this checklist of the top plumbing issues you need to have inspected before purchasing a home.  From your hot water systems to sewers, pipes and beyond, here’s what you need to have checked and cleared before you sign on the dotted line to make sure that your property isn’t at risk:

  • Plumbing Inspection – It’s vitally important to book a comprehensive and detailed plumbing report by your trusty plumber or building inspector.  They have the qualifications and expertise necessary to ensure that all of the latest technology is used to identify any and all possible plumbing issues.  
  • Cracks & Leaks – Be sure to inspect all pipes, taps, and water systems for cracks and water leaks.  It’s best to hire a professional to check for these, as they’re able to perform a thorough leak detection analysis.  If an issue is found, you’ll want to have it taken care of immediately, before a settlement is reached, as leaks will only get worse over time.  
  • Sewers & Pipes – During your inspection, check the base of the pipes and taps to see what kind of material they’re made from.  It may be of concern if your sewer systems are made from clay, as these can more easily break causing you serious damage and financial strife.  Consider replacing them, or try to negotiate the cost of replacement, but be prepared to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000.
  • Tiles & Waterproofing – It may seem odd, but you’ll want to check on tiles in bathrooms, around kitchen sinks, etc. by knocking on them.  If more than 20% sound hollow, then this is a sign that waterproofing has been compromised. Needless to say, without reliable waterproofing measures in place, you could be met with moisture and mold issues down the road, which can ultimately threaten the structure and safety of your property.   
  • Roof & Guttering – Roofing needs to be checked for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is for damaging leaks.  Have the roof checked for loose or damaged shingles and gutters. Any cracks or leaks can lead to damp areas in the ceiling and walls, even flooding in the home.  
  • Hot Water Systems – It’s important to check the age of all of your home’s hot water systems.  Generally, hot water units only have a lifespan of 10 – 15 years, so be sure to find out your systems’ age before you sign a purchase agreement.  To find out whether a system is dated or not, you can find the age and warranty information on the badge.
  • Water Efficiency – You definitely want to take the time to check all toilets, showers, and taps for water efficiency.  Not only is this good for the environment, but it will also save you money in the long-run. So, if a home’s systems appear pretty dated, it’s time to get the fixtures tested, or you’ll want to ask for a replacement with new models that are efficiency compliant.  

Whatever you do, before you sign a contract, be smart, and get a complete plumbing inspection to have each and every one of the above-mentioned elements checked.  It’s only with this information in-hand that you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with your home purchase. And, remember, if you have any questions, you can always contact your trusted team, here, at Tritan Plumbing.


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