If you’re in the process of buying a new home, know that a plumbing inspection is a must. During this inspection, a reputable professional plumber in Fremont will perform an evaluation of the property to identify potential problems.
The results of this examination should factor into your decision about buying the property—and if so, how much to offer the current owners for it.
Check the Water Heater
Check the hot water system of the home for leaks and other issues, including discoloration or rusting on and around the water heating unit. A brown, rust-colored stain can mean the presence of a corroding water heater and that a replacement is in store.
Also, check the label of the water heater to find out when it was installed—this information should be visible. If not, ask the homeowner for more details. Water heaters should be replaced every ten years or so, so consider this an added cost to the home if you do decide to go through with the purchase and if it’s near or more than ten years old.
Check the Water Pressure
One of the best ways to gauge a home’s plumbing system is by turning on the faucets and flushing the toilets. The flow of the water is very telling of the health of your pipes. Clean pipes will facilitate a strong, high-pressure water flow that dissolves quickly and easily down the drain when rinsed or flushed. Clogged pipes can indicate an issue with blockages somewhere in the pipelines.