Essential plumbing inspection points before you buy a home

Do you know what to look for when inspecting a home’s plumbing system?

It would be wise if you do, because it is an important factor in any potential purchase. Plumbing installation is not something that can be overlooked or taken lightly. It has the ability to make your new home feel like a comfortable and inviting place to live or it could result in disaster and misery. So before you invest in living space, read this article for helpful guidelines on how to inspect a property’s plumbing system so that you don’t end up regretting your decision later.

Inspect the water pressure.

This will help determine if there’s been any major water leaks that could have caused damage to the plumbing. You can check this by turning on all of the faucets in the home, including the water heater and washing machine. If you’ve noticed a change in pressure, most likely, there has been some sort of leak in its history.

Don’t just turn on the faucet, but run it for a brief moment then stop. Listen for any unusual sounds coming from the pipes. If you hear gurgling or trickling noises, something in your house could be ready to burst and cause damage to other important fixtures such as the tubs and sinks.

As much as possible, try to test the pressure when there aren’t any other people inside the home. This is because no one wants to find themselves standing with a shower head spewing water in their face!

If you can’t do the above, ask a friend to come over and turn on all of the faucets in the home while you stand outside or listen for any unusual sounds from inside.

Take note if there are any leaks around windows or doors. These could be places where pipes are loose and need to be replaced. You’ll want to make sure if you purchase the home that these leaks will be attended to before moving in.

Check for leaks or drips in the toilet.

If you’ve ever noticed that your toilet is constantly clogged with water, it may mean there’s a problem in the tank. To allow for proper flushing, both of its parts must have equal amounts of pressure–the tank and bowl. If they are not working together properly, then it could leave residue inside that may potentially grow mold.

If you also see the tank leaking, it’s best to contact a plumber right away because water could be seeping into walls or the home’s foundation and possibly causing further damage if not repaired in time.

Take note of any exposed pipes that you may come across while inspecting the plumbing system. These pipes should be wrapped in either a rag or plastic so that they don’t get damaged from coming into contact with the outside elements. If the pipes are exposed, there’s a good chance that they’re worn out, which will mean you’ll need to either repair or replace them later.

Look for visible signs of rust near any faucets and fixtures. If you notice it, chances are that there could be more somewhere else in the home. If you see rusty water coming out, then the pipes are most likely worn out and may cause serious problems if left unfixed.

Test all faucets, sinks, and toilets for proper function.

Inspect all faucets, sinks, and toilets to see if they’re still in good working order. If there are any that seem to be clogged or not functioning as well as they should, then you may want to get them repaired before moving on with the purchase of a property. This will save you from having to make an emergency call to a plumber once you’ve already moved in.

If your shower head is leaking, it may mean that there’s a crack somewhere in the pipe. But if there are no visible signs of damage to be seen, chances are, the problem is with a cartridge inside, in which case you’ll have to get someone out to repair it.

This is just a fraction of what you need to look out for before purchasing a home. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the plumbing system from anyone who may know and if possible, get a second opinion from a plumber or someone else in the field. This way, you’ll have done everything within your power that will allow you to not have problems with your plumbing system in the near future.

Look in the basement to see if there are any signs of standing water or other issues with plumbing installation.

First check the basement for signs of standing water. This may not seem that important, but if you have a leak in your tank or elsewhere in your plumbing system, the excess water will end up here. Standing water is a sure sign that there is a problem with your plumbing installation. The most likely reason for this is condensation forming on your pipes, but you may have problems in your tank or other parts of the system.

No matter how hard you try to prevent them, plumbing issues will occur eventually. Most often this is due to a problem with your piping system, but it could also be due to a problem with your sink drain or clogged toilet. Pre-existing plumbing issues are probably one of the most important things to look for when buying a home. Fixing a plumbing problem in an older property can be costly and difficult.

There are two kinds of pipes you need to focus on: Pipes under the house and water supply lines leading into your house. The best place to check this is in the basement, but it’s also a good idea to check the pipes outside if you can.

With older properties there is always a chance that something may break under the house. This could be due to a variety of different reasons, but it’s something you should look for. Make sure there are no obvious signs of damage like cracks in walls and floors, as this may indicate that pipes have been broken or damaged and not repaired correctly.

If your water supply lines (the pipes leading from the street into your home) are broken or damaged you will see signs of this outside. Look for kinks in the piping, bulges, pits or other abnormal shapes in the piping itself. If you find a problem here it’s important to fix it as soon as possible; otherwise your water pressure could decrease over time and cause further damage throughout your home.

Inspect the sewer line to make sure it’s not damaged or cracked.

You may be able to see cracks on the outside of the pipe, but you’ll need a sewer camera inspection for an internal inspection. This is very important because damaged or cracked sewer lines can lead to expensive repairs and health hazards. While your inspector is in the process of inspecting your home’s plumbing system, he or she should take note if there are any signs of sewer line leaks. It’s advisable to hire a licensed plumber to check the sewer line every three years, and more often if there are issues.

An easier way for you to find out whether there is a problem with your home’s sewer lines is by hiring a certified inspector. These professionals will be able to give you advice on any necessary repairs. Near the end of the inspection, they will recommend whether you should contact a plumber to assess your sewer lines. If there appears to be leakage or damage in the line, you may want to get further treatment within two weeks before water damage sets it.

An open sewer pipe can cause your home’s foundation and walls to be soaked with waste water. If you hear gurgling sounds coming from the toilet, this could be a sign that there is an open drain pipe. It’s also advisable to check for excessive moisture in your basement or around exterior walls of your home. These are more signs of possible sewer line problems.

You can contact a plumbing company if you discover that there is a problem with your sewer lines. These professionals are licensed and certified to do repairs, replacements, inspections and remodeling in your home’s plumbing system. They should be able to fix your sewer line so that it doesn’t leak or rupture again.


If you’re planning on buying a home, it’s important to have the property inspected for plumbing issues before signing off on the purchase. A professional plumber can help identify potential problems and give homeowners peace of mind that they are making an informed decision when purchasing their new house.

With plumbing issues, the cost to repair can be more than what a homeowner might want to pay for during the inspection period; however, it’s important to know about any potential problems before signing on the dotted line.