Buying a home in the Phoenix area this spring? There are many systems you will need to check, one of the most important is the plumbing system. There are many items on a plumbing checklist you can do yourself, but there are some, such as a sewer line inspection, where you should enlist the help of a professional plumber.
1. Hot Water System
Ask the realtor or homeowner the age of the water heater. A water heater will typically last 10-15 years. Inspect the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of age and deterioration.
2. Overall Condition of Pipes Looking for Damage or Water Leaks
Check taps, pipes, appliances (including dishwashers, clothes washers, ice makers) for signs of leaks. Check for stains or signs of mildew that could indicate a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and can get worse over time, have a plumer check the system and repair any leaks prior to closing.
3. Test the Sump Pump
A broken sump pump can lead to major water damage. To test the sump pump, slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. It should turn on and remove the water.
To check the toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait a few minutes and check the bowl to see if the colored water has seeped in. Also check around the base of the toilet for signs of water leaks. It's also a plus if the home has newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. Older toilets can use a lot of water, increasing your utility bill.
5. Sewer and Drain Lines
Ask about the current age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection is cheap insurance that will help find potential trouble like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.
6. Garbage Disposals
You can test the disposal by grinding a few cups of ice.
Need a plumbing inspection before your next home purchase in the greater Phoenix Area? Call Anthony's Plumbing, we will find all the problems and recommend solution for repair.