Plumbing Checks When Buying A New Home
The plumbing system is often overlooked when you are looking to buy a new, below i have listed a few basic plumbing checks to carry out when you are looking to purchase a house. As you may quickly realise to your cost the plumbing is one of the most important elements of a home – if it doesn’t work it will have a big impact. Consequently i have listed a few things to check when you are looking to purchase a new property. These simple checks can save you a lot of time and money.
Taps, Toilets & Showers
Check all of the outlets: I would suggest running all of the taps, showers and flushing all of the toilets in the house. This will tell you a few things, firstly you can confirm that they all work, secondly you will get an idea of the water pressure in the house (if the shower furthest away from the boiler has good water pressure its likely that the rest of the house does too).
Look for water stains: Look for water stains on the ceilings and walls, water stains can be a sign of leaking pipes. These may not be expensive to repair in themselves but the damage that water leaks cause can really mount up. If you do see areas of water staining i would suggest getting your plumber to take a look at the house and provide you with a quote on how much it will cost to fix the problem and any existing damage.
Check the boiler: I understand that unless you are a professional plumber this is easier said than done. I would suggest just taking a look at the boiler to see what type of boiler has been installed and when it was installed. Over a 10 year period a boilers efficiency decreases by about 30%. If you are going to live in this new home you will incur this cost. It is also worth taking into account the age of the boiler because the older it is the more likely it is to break down and consequently you are more likely to have to replace it in the near future.