Moving into a new house is an exciting time for you and your family. However, if you come across plumbing problems that you weren’t aware of before, it can be a frustrating experience.
It might be surprising, but people moving into a new house and discovering new problems is common, even people who have home inspections done can face these issues. If you are about to purchase a house, pay attention to plumbing issues that might be lurking.
If you’ve already purchased the house, unfortunately there’s not much legal recourse for you, and lawsuits are an expensive business. If the plumbing issues are minor, you will probably not mind getting them fixed; however, major plumbing issues can be costly to repair.
If you’re about to move in or if you’ve already moved in, look out for these common plumbing issues that you can encounter. It’s imperative you address them before they spiral into more significant problems.
1. Look Out for Leaks in Faucets and Pipes
Leaky faucets are not a major plumbing problem, but they can be very annoying. Plus, they waste a lot of water. It would be best to look for signs of a leak inside the cabinet under the sink.
Leaky pipes, on the other hand, qualify as a major issue. Leaking pipes can damage your walls and weaken the structure. As happened with one buyer, using the main shower for a couple of weeks led to waterlines appearing on the ceiling.
Furthermore, leaky pipes are harder to notice, so it’s best to get a plumber to inspect all the pipes for any leaks. Hint: Look for discoloration around faucets, sinks, and toilets, which is a sign of leaks.
2. Low Water Flow? Main Valve Issues
Main valve issues affect the water flow in your faucets and showers. These valves can easily get clogged and affect the water flow. Oftentimes, homeowners tend to overlook the issue and live with the lower flow.
However, professional advice is to get the valve fixed or replaced as soon as you can. Even if you’re handy with plumbing issues around the house, fixing this will require a professional residential plumber.
3. Corrosion in Pipes – Silent but Problematic
This is another silent problem that goes unnoticed and is harder to spot. Mostly, the problem only comes to light when the pipes have been completely ruined. Even if you inspect the plumbing thoroughly, missing corroded pipes is expected, so get professional help.
4. Sewer Line Issues – Mostly Overlooked
More often than not, we only pay attention to plumbing issues with incoming water, not the outgoing wastewater. Water draining normally and toilets flushing properly is no guarantee of good condition of your sewage drain pipes.
Sewage drain pipes face numerous issues such as leaks, cracks, and tree roots. If you suspect any problems with sewage drain pipes, it’s better to have a professional inspect thoroughly.
5. Clogged Drains or Toilets
Clogging can occur even in new plumbing, and all homeowners are aware of how annoying of a problem it is. There are several hacks you can try to unclog your drains and toilets. If these hacks don’t work, it’s time to call a professional to deal with the issue.
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