When you buy a home, you’re excited that you’ll have a place of your own to call home. While you’re likely to ask questions about the house, such as the age of the HVAC system or if the home is in a flood zone, there are other questions you need to ask. Below are some plumbing questions you should ask before buying a home in Richmond, VA.
1. Do the Pipes Freeze in the Winter?
The average winter lows in Richmond, VA, do go below the freezing level, so it’s essential to ask if the pipes inside the home are prone to freezing. Winterized pipes retain warmth during the winter months, which helps to keep pipes from freezing.
2. Do the Toilets Leak at the Base?
Leaks at the base of the toilet lead to significant damage to the floor underneath and, if it continues, can further damage the pipes under the toilet. Check for warping or discoloration at the base, and gently push the toilet to see if it shifts or rocks.
3. Does the Basement Flood?
Even if the house doesn’t have a finished basement, it’s always a good idea to check how often the basement floods. Frequent floods cause foundation problems and create an environment that allows mold and pests to thrive.
4. Does the House Have a Water Softener?
A water softener helps the pipes stay free of buildups from mineral deposits. If you wish to install a water softener, ask your local plumber about installing one.
5. Has the Sewer Line Been Replaced?
If the sewer line of the house you’re looking at hasn’t been replaced recently, it’s best to ask about a camera inspection of the sewer line. This checks for leaks in the pipe, blockages from plant roots, or items that other people flushed that haven’t deteriorated.
6. How Is the Shower Pressure?
When touring a house, turn on the shower to inspect the water pressure to ensure you have a solid stream of water.
7. How Is the Water Pressure?
Aside from shower pressure, another area you should test is the overall water pressure. You can test this by turning on all the faucets simultaneously.
8. How Old Is the Water Heater?
The average service life of a water heater with a tank is anywhere from 10 to 15 years if it’s been appropriately maintained. If the water heater in the house is in this age range, you’ll have to invest in a new water heater.
9. When Were the Water Lines Last Replaced?
Another question you should ask is if the exterior and interior water lines have been replaced and, if so, when. Depending on the material they’re made from, they last anywhere from 20 to 100 years.
When you’re looking to purchase a house, asking the right plumbing questions can save you a lot of money as you don’t want to buy the house only to discover that the pipes need replacing. To alleviate any of your plumbing concerns about a prospective home in Richmond, VA, contact Assure Plumbing & Septic about any questions you have.