Water spots can be signs of leaky pipes.

Before you sign on the dotted line, inspect the plumbing in your new home thoroughly. Home buying is a huge undertaking that requires a significant amount of your time. After what can be an exhaustive search, you may finally find the home of your dreams and become ready to purchase it. Don’t allow your dream to become a nightmare by failing to inspect the plumbing system. Although some issues can be minor in nature, others can cause major damage and lead to costly repairs.

Water stains

Water stains on a wall or ceiling often indicate a leaking roof. Sometimes, the unsightly stains are an indicator of leaking pipes instead. Although a leaking pipe is considered a minor repair by most people, the damage it causes can add up in repair costs quickly. A leaking pipe also invites mold and mildew growth, especially in the warm, dark confines of a wall or ceiling.

Water heater

Old, outdated and inefficient water heaters can be costly in more ways than one. Water heaters use a large amount of the home’s energy to maintain constant water temperatures. As the appliance ages, the amount of energy it uses can increase significantly and drive up your energy bills.

Extremely old models could potentially rupture and cause extensive water damage to your home or basement. Hiring a licensed plumber to perform a routine water heater inspection before closing on your new home can alert you to potential problems.

Septic tanks

A septic tank is an underground tank that collects the sewage and wastewater from a building or residence. The solid waste is allowed to decompose through bacterial activity, and it settles to the bottom of the tank. The effluent, or wastewater, is dispersed by draining through a leach field. The systems are extremely durable as long as they are maintained properly.

A neglected septic tank system that is not pumped or inspected on a regular basis could experience leach field failure. This costly repair happens when solids enter the leach field system and restrict drainage. A thorough inspection by a professional before you purchase your new home is money well spent.

Wells and water softeners

Some rural homes do not have access to municipal water connections. A well is installed on the property to provide fresh water to the home. A pump is used to disperse the well water through the homes water system for you to use and enjoy. A water softener connected to the well filters and softens the water before it enters the home. Having the well and its equipment — pump, pressure tank, pressure switch and water softener — inspected by a professional plumber before you close on the property could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs.

Do your homework, and inspect the plumbing in your new home thoroughly. Spending a few dollars beforehand can save you thousands down the road. Homebuyers can contact the experts at Delta The Educated Plumber for more information.

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