Much like how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge a house by its appearance. Home tours draw your attention to the impressive parts of the house. Simultaneously, these tours prevent you from paying attention to the less impressive aspects of the house.
One of these less impressive aspects is the house’s plumbing. Whether you just bought a house or are still searching, here are some common plumbing problems that you should be wary of.
Clogged pipes are plumbing issues in and of themselves but can also be signs of other plumbing issues. Generally, clogged pipes are a result of debris settling inside your pipes. Moreover, deep roots can also grow into and obstruct your pipes. Clogged pipes may also suggest that you have a sewer line problem. Make sure to check the pipes around the house to assess the magnitude of the plumbing issues.
Dripping faucets are a major source of water waste and rising bills. According to the EPA, leaks waste approximately 10,000 gallons of water every year, in the average household.
Consequently, whenever you tour a house, keep your eyes and ears on alert for dripping faucets. If you’ve already bought the house and notice a dripping faucet, get it fixed as soon as possible.
Blocked drains and clogged pipes tend to occur together, and both suggest a sewer line problem. Grease, hair, and an assortment of other materials can quickly block your drains.
In tandem with clogged pipes, you may face slow drainage. If you face slow drainage throughout the house, it is a sign that that you have a sewer line problem. Fixing that can be costly, time-consuming, and messy. Check the drains around the house to see if you have a localized plumbing issue or a general sewer line problem.
A constantly running or dripping toilet can significantly raise your water bill. The problem is usually due to the toilet’s flapper. The flapper is the object you pull to flush the bowl. When you pull it, water flows from the tank into the bowl. Once enough water has flown, the flapper seals the tank. A faulty flapper does not seal the tank properly, so water keeps running and dripping.
If you suspect plumbing problems or do not want to invest in a plumbing nightmare, schedule a home inspection with us at Clear Sight Inspections. We offer our services in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and New York City’s other boroughs. Our pre-purchase and maintenance house inspections will identify all of your house’s plumbing problems, so get in touch.
Reach out to us upon putting an offer on a new home. We will connect with you at our earliest to schedule a date for the home inspection and discuss your requirements. If we are unable to schedule an inspection on your preferred date, we’ll work out to pick another available date at your convenience.
For any inquiries or concerns regarding the inspection, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be ready to address all your concerns.
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