Plumbing Issues To Watch For When Looking At A New Home

Posted on: 12 May 2016

Are you looking into moving to a new home? Are you wondering how you can tell if a potential new dwelling has or will soon have plumbing issues? If you're not a licensed plumber, it can be difficult to tell whether or not there will be issues in the future. Fortunately, there are a few signs that you can check for when you're being shown the new place. Here are some things to watch out for:

Low water pressure: If the water is on in the home, turn on the taps and check the water pressure. If most of the sinks are normal, except for one sink that is especially low, then that sink probably has a blocked aerator. This is easily fixed by removing the current aerator and either cleaning it out or installing a new one. If all of the sinks have low water pressure on both the hot and cold sides, that indicates an issue that may only be fixed by professional plumbers. Usually, either someone installed additional plumbing fixtures at some point in the past, dropping water pressure in the entire system, or hard water deposits have built up on the insides of the pipes, resulting in a much lower flow. Both situations will require calling plumbers for a diagnoses and a fix.

Slow toilets: If you don't expect the water to be on when you are walked through the home, consider bringing a few gallons of water with you. These can be poured down sinks and into the backs of toilets so that you can check for issues with draining or flushing. It may feel silly, but doing this can help you to avoid homes with leaks or other issues that require calls to your local plumbers. A toilet that flushes slowly often indicates an issue with either the sewer line itself or with the toilet's vent stack. A clogged vent stack may or may not be comparatively easy for you to fix on your own, while a problem with the sewer line will require a visit from a plumber. Without having lived in the home for some time previously, you may not be able to easily tell the difference between the two. 

Smelly or jammed garbage disposal: Most garbage disposals are fairly simple to clean out and un-jam, if you research online how to do so. Unfortunately, if the garbage disposal was left in this state, then it could indicate a larger problem in the making. Flushing fatty food down the garbage disposal is never a good idea, because the fat can collect on the walls of your sewer line and start to create clogs. While you may not have any slow drains right now, they could start to clog soon after you move in. Fortunately, many plumbers can recommend or will have bacterial and enzymatic cleaners to sell you that will help to dissolve and eat away at this fat before it becomes a problem. While some of these cleaners are not cheap, they should be less expensive than having a plumber snake out your sewer line.


Diagnosing Plumbing Issues

After we moved into a new home, I could tell that the plumbing system was having problems. Our drains never really drained quickly, and there was always the faint smell of sewage in the background. I knew that I wanted to fix the problem, but I didn't really know where to start. However, I knew that I didn't want to take care of the problem, so I called in the experts. My friend, who worked as a plumber, came out and worked hard to diagnose the issues. After we got things fixed, our house smelled and functioned better. This blog is all about diagnosing plumbing problems.


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