Buying a home is one of those lifetime milestones that can be exciting, challenging, joyful, and stressful all at the same time, and this is partially due to the fact that you don't want to buy a home and inherit someone else's issues. The inner-working functions of a home are not always easy to spot until you spend some time as a resident, but there are some issues you can try to observe and look for during a showing, especially when it comes to the plumbing. Here are a few issues you can look for when you walk through a home for the first time as a prospective buyer.
Turn on the sink faucets and let them run for a minute.
Testing the water function in the house is as easy as making sure there is good water flow when you turn on the faucets. Turn on the faucet in the kitchen, bathroom, and even the tub or shower to ensure the water pressure seems normal and that there are no signs of rusty discoloration or murkiness in the water itself. Lack of water pressure could indicate a leak in the main water lines leading into the home. Discolored water can mean that the pipes the water is flowing through to get to that point are outdated, rusty, and in need of a replacement.
While you're at it, check for drainage issues.
Letting each faucet run for a minute or so will also give you a look at another plumbing component: the drains. A home that does not have issues with drainage will slurp up the expelled water quickly, and there will be no hesitation or water standing in the sink or basin in wait. However, if the water is slow about draining, this could mean there is a clogged drainage line or even that it has been a while since the septic tank has been cleaned.
Flush the toilet and pay attention.
You may think a homeowner or realtor will look at you strangely when you flush the toilets during a showing, but this is a perfectly logical thing to do when you are checking the home's septic drainage lines and system for signs of problems. The toilet should flush readily, without lagging, but you should also be listening carefully for gurgling sounds through the house and watching for regurgitation through other drains nearby. If you spot either, this is a good indication that there are septic or sewer issues in the home.
Contact a company such as Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for more tips.