New Home Plumbing Checklist, Part 2

New Home Plumbing Checklist, Part 2

We’re back with the second in our blog series on what should be on your new home plumbing checklist. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can read it here. Today, we’re going to focus on specific items to which you should have your home inspector pay particular attention. We’ve also included a list of questions to ask about these pieces of equipment.

Water Heaters

If you’ve ever had to take a cold shower, you know just how important water heaters can be. Here are some items to discuss:

  • Is it a gas or electric model?
  • How old is the unit? (Pro Tip: It’s customary for installation teams to write the installation date on the water heater, so you know the age of the unit.)
  • Is the unit properly vented?
  • Is the unit elevated and does it have proper anti-flooding mechanisms?
  • Is there any rust or other corrosion on the pipes, pilot area, or handles?

Kitchen & Bathroom Plumbing

Leaky faucets are usually a simple fix, but you want to make sure there aren’t any additional problems. Check out this list for more!

  • Are there any warped boards or cabinets near any water lines? This is usually indicative of a previous (and often serious) leak. Be sure to check your disclosure reports to find out for sure.
  • Is there any visibly extensive rust or lime buildup on any pipes or faucets?
  • Do all drains, toilets, and faucets work properly?
  • Does all of the under-cabinet piping look to have been completed properly (no short cuts)?

Miscellaneous Plumbing Items

There are lots of little places where plumbing appears. Take a look at these important questions to discuss with your home inspector.

  • Is there evidence of leaking at any exterior faucet such as warped boards or damp siding?
  • Does the home have a water softener or reverse osmosis (RO) system? If so, these need to be checked closely, including all lines and fittings.
  • How do the hookup lines to the washing machine appear? Corrosion can pose a potential problem.

We hope we’ve been able to help you navigate the new home plumbing checklist. We want you to have lots of questions to ask when buying a new home. Don’t forget, National is available for repairs and estimates of all varieties. Give us a call today!

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