Buying A Home: Beware Of Plumbing Issues

April 25 2016

Having a quality plumbing system in your home is an extremely big deal. Of all the things that could fail in your home, you should hope that your plumbing system isn’t one of them. That is why it is so important to have certain plumbing elements inspected in any previously owned Honolulu home before purchasing it.  It is crucial to have the main sewer line, water heater(s), and toilets inspected. Taking this precaution can save you thousands of dollars and headaches in the long run.

The Sewer

If the main sewer line is clogged, or the piping is beginning to deteriorate, you are looking at a mess, literally. It is important before deciding to purchase a home to have the main sewer line checked to prevent surprise costly repair services. It is smart to have a professional plumbing company of Honolulu do a camera inspection of the main sewer line to ensure that there are no blocked drains or other plumbing issues that have been buried under the house. Checking the sewer line with a camera will help you to determine what kind of shape the pipes are in, and if you are at risk for a clog or breakage in the line.

Water Heater

The lifespan of a water heater is approx. 10 years. If you are buying a home that is ten years or older, you will want to ensure that the water heater has been recently replaced. If the heater has not been replaced recently, you may want to factor that cost into the price of the home. Not sure what kind of condition the water heater is in? No problem, call the experts at EPS Plumbing of Honolulu. We would be happy to take a look and give you an estimated remaining life span of the water heater. You will also want to ensure that the included water heater is the correct size for the water sources available in the home, and make sure that the water heater is located in an area that could not be a threat to your home if it were to ever overflow.  Generally water heaters are located in the basement of a home, or for homes without basements you can find them tucked away in closets on the main level.

Toilets

You want to make sure that all of the toilets in your potential new home are stable and free from leaks. One of the most common plumbing issues in Honolulu is a leaky toilet. Toilets can begin leaking small amounts of water around the base of the toilet leaving the flooring discolored and soft around the base of the toilet. A really easy way to tell if any of the toilets have a leak at the base is to firmly grip the toilet and pull, If the toilet shifts or gives at all it means that there could be an ongoing leak from the toliet that the owner is unaware of, or has chosen to ignore. If the toilets are shifting there could be lots of underlying issues hidden within the drywall. If this is an issue, it is probably best to move along to a different home in your search.