A home inspection is more important to the purchase of a home than new buyers may originally think. In fact, it is one of the most integral steps towards determining if a house is really move-in ready. Far too often, buyers will be led into the purchase of a home without checking on important features like the status of the plumbing or wiring, leading to a hefty cost in repairs that makes up for the cheapness of the home’s up-front cost.
In order to help you avoid these mistakes, Henrik Plumbing can help give you the run down on the best plumbing questions to ask before finalizing that purchase on a new home. It’s vital that you understand the state of the plumbing in a home before you agree to buy it, or else you might get stuck with huge repair costs that you’d rather not face. Henrik’s repiping in Aliso Viejo offers an affordable and easy way to repair these pipes in your new home without breaking the bank. Here’s how to ensure that you won’t be dealing with a leaky faucet or broken toilet any time soon!
1. Is the Water Heater Too Old?
The integrity of the water heater degrades over time. The older the unit is, the harder it needs to work to be able to produce hot water effectively. And harder work means a higher price on your energy bill at the end of every month. Mots heaters have a lifespan of about 7 years, so it’s important to get a thorough assessment of these units to ensure that you won’t have a problem running hot water every day.
2. How Recently Was the Sewer Line Replaced?
Sewer lines should be replaced often to avoid clogs, leaks, springs, or other stuck debris. A stopped-up sewer line can do some serious damage to your internal pipes, making it impossible to even properly flush after a while. Make sure unapproved items have not been flushed down the toilet, such as wads of paper towels and sanitary napkins. Ask for a camera inspection if you want to get a more in-depth view of the sewer line. Remember that Henrik Plumbing offers repiping in Aliso Viejo in the event that your new home’s sewer line is in less than tiptop shape.
3. Do the Pipes Freeze in the Winter?
Depending on where you live, some pipes may start to freeze during the coldest months of the year. If you feel that this may be an issue for your home moving forward, be sure to get a thorough inspection of your internal piping systems to make sure that they are strong enough to withstand the winter times. In most California residencies, there shouldn’t be too much of a worry about freezing pipes over clogged or leaking pipes.
4. Is There A Sump Pump Installed?
Sump pumps are not required, but most homes prefer to have a sump pump for the better regulation of waste and water. You can check up on this during the inspection to see if a sump pump has been properly installed; if not, our Henrik Plumbing professionals can help you find the best quote and installation package to get a sump pump put into your new home.
Check Up on All Plumbing Concerns ASAP!
Before you finish your home inspection checklist, be sure to follow up by asking if there are any other plumbing concerns that you should be made aware of. It doesn’t hurt to double check and do a final inspection of all your piping before signing the official transfer papers. If you have additional questions or concerns about repiping in Aliso Viejo, or you are looking to schedule an appointment with Henrik Plumbing, you can reach out to them online or call at (323) 258-5858.