Plumbing Checklist for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a new home may come with a checklist.

Buying a new home can be a stressful and expensive endeavor for anyone, and the last thing you need is an unexpected plumbing repair or upgrade overlooked before signing the dotted line. That being said, a home inspection checklist is vital, as it can uncover hidden plumbing problems and subsequently make or break a home purchase. Use this checklist to make sure your don’t overlook any looming issues in your potential new home.

Pre-purchase Plumbing Checklist:

• Make note of dripping water from sinks, faucets, tubs, or showers, as this signifies a leak. Additionally, check under the sink for leaks or any other signs of plumbing problems.

• Look around dishwashers, refrigerators, sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets for signs of cracked or warped flooring. You want to be sure that the floor is solid and check for water stains or other signs of leaks.

• Flush and inspect the toilets—all of them—to ensure they work properly and don’t have low water pressure. The water should empty and fill without any difficulty. Be sure to inspect all parts of the toilet, specifically the fill, supply, and flush valves.

• Turn on all showers to check the pressure and make sure the temperature function is working correctly. Your showers are an ideal way to test if you don’t have enough water pressure or if the water heater isn’t working correctly in your home.

• In rooms directly below upper-floor bathrooms, look for stains on walls or ceilings or a musty smell.

• If you have a basement drain and a sump pump, make sure both work properly.

• Find the water heater and check for rust, as well as the date—if it’s over 10 years old, it might need to be replaced soon.

• Determine where the sewage goes, either to the city sewer system or a septic tank. Request information about when the tank was last emptied or serviced.

Early Maintenance Tips Once You Purchase Your New Home

• To keep your garbage disposal in tip-top working condition, run it on a regular basis. Running it 60 seconds a day under cold water can keep it running clean and smooth. Your disposal is susceptible to corrosion that will eventually make it inoperable if it is not run regularly.

• Check the hoses for your dishwasher and washing machine as these hoses can spring leaks. Look for bulges or signs of wear and tear and replace any hoses 10 years or older.

• Listen for a gurgling sound coming from the hot water heater. This is an indicator that the hot water has sediment build-up at the bottom of the inside of the tank. Flushing the water heater can help, but this could also mean your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life.

This straightforward and easy-to-follow plumbing checklist will allow you to avoid and prevent any hidden home nightmares you may encounter as a new homebuyer. Remember, a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and it is in your best interest to confirm everything is in order.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion and call the professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, the go-to plumbing company in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about plumbing in your new home. Call or visit our website to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule!

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