Are you thinking of buying a home? For many of us, owning your first dream home is an exciting and life changing experience. If you have spent a great deal of time in finding the perfect home in an ideal location, you might feel tempted to just sign the contract and skip a proper home inspection. However, it is important to note that while you might save some time and move in sooner, you may run into potential problems that are very costly to fix, this is especially the case with plumbing issues which are difficult to notice with the naked eye.
So, what kind of plumbing issues can a home inspection uncover and what should you look out for?
Stains from water or mould build-up
Hidden leaks often go undetected or unnoticed due to the plumbing and pipes being behind walls or underground. In a home inspection, be aware of any staining and mould build-up on the floors, ceilings, walls or door frames from water damage. This may indicate a hidden leak or a potential issue with the plumbing. You may also be impressed with a fresh coat of paint in the home; however, this is a common method to hide previous leak stains which can potentially be a reoccurring problem if not remedied completely.
Moisture and wetness surrounding property
As for the outdoor areas and surrounds of the property, look for any unusual moisture or ‘wetness’ as well. For example, are there any unusually lush or green patches of lawn that stand out from the rest, especially if the weather has been very dry? Is there water pooling in spots or are there any puddles that seem out of place? Also look for excessive cracks or unevenness in the concreted areas such as the driveway and patio, this may indicate an underground leak which may become a costly nightmare after you move in. Professional leak detection using specialised equipment such as sonar is necessary in locating underground leaks.
Installations and Renovations
Other structural aspects to look out for is whether the home has had any renovations performed, especially in the bathroom and kitchen areas. In older homes and homes which have had renovations, it is important to check that the plumbing in wet areas have been properly installed, and whether good quality materials were used. Bathroom and kitchen renovations are very costly and is probably the last thing in your mind straight after you move in with a mortgage. Pay special attention to the tiling, grout and seals, and investigate thoroughly if you notice any peeling or cracking around basins, tubs, and sinks.
Lastly, check the overall age of the plumbing system which includes the hot water tank, whether clay pipes were used (in older homes), and the conditions of the flexi hoses. It is worthwhile to carry out a comprehensive inspection to give you the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your new home.
Wild Water Plumbing is a customer focused business serving the local community of North Shore and Northern Beaches for over 11 years. We offer affordable upfront pricing and the best value for money options to meet your plumbing needs. If you’re buying a home and require plumbing services such as leak detection or maintenance, let us help you! Give our friendly team a call on: 0405 692 151 and let us help you move into your home sooner; with the peace of mind you deserve.