Buying a New Home? Check the Plumbing Before You Buy

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When you’re purchasing a new home, there are so many factors to consider before you sign. There are also a lot of steps you can take to ensure you’re making the right purchase. One of the most important things to do before you buy is to have the home inspection done by a reputable company.

While home inspectors will inspect your new home from pillar to post, they might only scratch the surface when it comes to plumbing. You want to be sure you have a licensed plumber to fully inspect your system before you move in. A plumbing inspection is a worthwhile investment. It’s better to pay a few hundred dollars upfront for inspection so you know what to expect and what needs to be fixed.

Plumbing System Inspection

In addition to the standard home inspection, you should also opt for a plumbing system check before you buy it. Here’s what a plumber will look out for in an inspection that a home inspection might miss:

  • Water Heater. The last thing you want to do after spending lots of money purchasing a home is being surprised by a failing water heater. Have this checked upfront to avoid shelling out more money after move in.
  • Water meters and valves. Water could be leaking and you wouldn’t even know it. A plumber can check for leaks using the water meter. When the water is shut off, the meter should stop turning. Likewise with valves, when they’re shut off, water should not flow from faucets. Inspecting the water meter and valve now can save you money and headaches down the road.
  • New home, new problems. This is especially important if you’re purchasing a brand new home that’s never been occupied. Chances are the plumbing that hasn’t been used as you would on a normal basis. Having a professional plumber inspect your system to avoid “Uh-Ohs” on closing day. The same also goes for flipped houses—if there is new construction of any kind, a professional inspection is crucial.
  • They can see what we can’t. You can check faucets and fixtures and although they appear to work normally, there could be problems you don’t see or hear. That’s why it’s important to have a trained plumber focus on inspecting your system thoroughly. They have tools and equipment like sewer cameras to really see what’s going on in your potential new home.
  • Septic systems. If your potential home has a septic tank, it’s crucial to check for leaks, seepage, and odors in addition to tank functionality. Septic tank fixes can be extensive and very costly, not to mention they can be a potential health hazard and an unpleasant mess. Do not skip out on a septic tank inspection.

Plumbing Services in Nashville, TN

When it comes to professional plumbing services, choose a company with years of experience and knowledge in the industry. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Nashville provides expert plumbing services all year long. We even take emergency calls 24/7 to give you peace of mind—no matter the time of day.

Contact us today to schedule a plumbing service.