You are looking for a new house, than there are many things you need to be vigilant of and none being more important than the plumbing system that that runs around the house. Here we have compiled ways to identify some of the issues that can be problematic in the future
WHAT HAPPENS BELOW THE SURFACE?
When it comes to recognizing drainage issues, the problem is that pipes are difficult to visually inspect. Drains run deep into the earth in many circumstances, making it difficult to detect leaks or clogs. We’ve put up a list of things to look for while inspecting the plumbing in a possible new house.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR, HEAR, AND SMELL FOR
When assessing a home, there are a few indicators you may look for that might indicate a hidden pipe obstruction. Of course, in addition to inspecting the property for yourself, it’s always a good idea to enquire with the estate agent or owner about any recent plumbing issues.
1. Make sure the hot water system is in working order.
The majority of hot water systems are designed to survive for a little more than ten years. Check the system’s tag to see how old it is, as this will give you a decent sense of when you’ll need to replace it and whether it’s likely to cause you any difficulties in the near future.
2. Put the taps to the test
Check the water flow in the kitchen and bathrooms by turning on the faucets. If it comes and goes, it might be a sign of a blockage farther down the line.
Take a look at the water’s color as well. There should be no scents and the water should be pure.
3. Keep an eye out for leaks
Check for any water pooling or flowing in the shower and tap fittings. It’s possible that stains on the walls or tiles surrounding taps or showerhead fittings suggest a continuous leak.
4. Keep an ear out for sounds
Keep an ear out for any weird gurgling sounds when checking the home, particularly when testing the taps. A water hammer is caused by the pressure of water abruptly ceasing or changing direction, which may lead to pipe collapse. Gurgling noises may indicate a leak or obstruction that is causing air pockets.
5. Don’t overlook unusual smell.
A foul odour in the bathroom is one of the most obvious and unpleasant signs of a drain problem. This might indicate a clogged sewage line that is preventing water from flowing away correctly, causing it to stagnate and emit a foul odour.
6. Take a peek around the yard.
Is there any green that seems to be out of place? Is there a tree in the garden that seems to be exceptionally healthy? These might be symptoms that the pipes are leaking and not providing the garden with a consistent supply of water. Tree roots will seek out the water if there is a leak and may clog pipes.
7. Schedule a plumbing examination before you buy.
You may schedule a pre-purchase drain check with a local plumber if you have any concerns that the drains in your possible new house aren’t up to par, or if you just want peace of mind. They’ll examine your pipes using a CCTV drain inspection camera, and they should offer a detailed report of any faults, as well as a copy of the video footage, so you can see for yourself.