07 Aug 5 Warning Signs To Be Aware Of When Buying A New Home
Buying a home is one of the most highly anticipated events in a person’s life. Add to that excitement, the anxiety that comes with such a huge investment and many people are thrown into a whirlwind of highs and lows. With soaring home prices, especially in our paradise home of Hawaii, smart homebuyers should never consider a new home without a thorough home inspection to ensure there are no outstanding issues that could wind up costing a lot of money in the long run. Bringing in a professional inspector could prove to be priceless as they are able provide extensive experience and knowledge when looking for potential plumbing problems. Plumbing is one part of the inspection that can easily get overlooked but can prove to cause an overwhelming amount of stress and headaches once the sale is complete. We’ve provided the following tips to help you avoid plumbing nightmares and money pits and to help make sure that this exciting milestone is an enjoyable experience for you and your family.
- Brown Ceiling Stains
When inspecting a home, don’t forget to look up! One of the more unexpected problems that may be encountered during an inspection can be found right over your head. If you spot brown spots on the ceiling, it can tip you off to some potentially serious plumbing problems. Brown stains or spots are signs that your potential home may have a leaky roof or leaky pipes. In addition to the potential leaks, brown stains on ceilings or floors may indicate a deeper issue and may lead to the discovery of mold or termite introduction within the walls of the property. It can be difficult to determine the problem without an expert eye, but there’s a good chance you will be stuck with a big bill should you choose to go through with the home purchase.
- Clogged Pipes & Blockages
It may seem silly to walk through a home that isn’t yours yet and casually flush all toilets and turn on faucets in each room. However, this simple step could tip you off to some serious plumbing problems. Testing the drains ensures that everything is flowing properly. If one drain seems to be draining slowly, then you may have a blockage in that drain pipe. If all of the drains are draining slowly, then you may have to deal with a major blockage in the main sewer lines. This doesn’t necessarily mean a major fix, but it’s still something that you should be aware of because it could point to bigger problems developing in other areas of the home’s plumbing.
- Corroded Pipes
During a home inspection, there should be no part of the house that goes unseen. This includes the often hidden and overlooked areas under kitchen and bathroom sinks and in basements. Visually inspecting exposed pipes throughout the house could lead you to discover serious signs of damage or corrosion. This could save you thousands in the long run and help you to avoid the headache of discovering an unplanned pool in the basement of your new home.
- Lead or Galvanized Pipes
An expert inspector will be able to tell you what types of pipes are being used for the plumbing throughout the house. Common in homes built in the 1950’s, lead pipes can pose a very serious health risk and need to be replaced right away. In addition, galvanized steel pipes, also common in older homes, should be replaced – especially if they’re connected to copper pipes as this may lead to galvanic corrosion.
- Water Damage
Warped walls, discolored paint, bubbles or white stains on floors are all simple ways to spot water damage throughout the home. These could all be signs that water has been present fairly consistently in those locations and could point to the existence of a potential leak. A leaky pipe can cause extensive and very expensive damage to your homes and the changes of a leak spreading can become an even bigger issue. Furthermore, leaks could indicate a potential pipe burst, leading to thousands of dollars of flood damage. Avoid this issue by ensuring a comprehensive and thorough inspection of pipes and surfaces in all areas of your new home.
We’re Here For You
Here at 535 Plumbing, we have helped hundreds of customers dealing with plumbing problems in their home. We always recommend a thorough inspection when considering the purchase of a new home and we want to help our customers avoid potentially serious and costly plumbing catastrophes. For the sake of your family’s health and safety, make sure your new home meets all the proper plumbing codes and standards and contact us if you need to arrange a plumbing inspection. We will be more than happy to help!