Monthly Archives: May 2016
A lot of families move into a new home only to discover an immediate need for a sewer system repair right of the bat. It is highly recommended that upon the possibility of buying a new home you investigate the pipes and/or plumbing in general. A sewer system repair can be quite a burden, both in regards to your finances and stress. Check out these tips to ensure you do not move into a plumbing trap:
Look for small leaks in your possible purchase. Leaks lead to cracks in walls, damage to wood and metal. Leaks in the bathroom or kitchen can point out a major problem that needs to be fixed—preferably before you commit to buying your new home. Should these types of problems not be addressed, they would become your problem to fix after you move in. The plumbing system could undergo further damage, increasing the costs of what likely already would have been costly plumbing repairs. Call Gene’s Water & Sewer for help! An expert plumber can carry out an inspection, assisting you in your effort to not get shafted into a water or sewer system repair.
Depending on the age of the home, a wide array of plumbing systems use all sorts of different types of piping. Knowing the pipe type will help you potentially avoid plumbing problems if you buy the home.
While you eye up the plumbing and pipes, it is imperative that you take note of the structural design and system in the home. Ensure that the pipe size and strength supports the volume of water in the home. Obviously, higher volumes require more potent piping, as well as increased support. Leaks may develop and in such cases, even a burst. To prevent a sewer system repair, call a residential plumbing service professional to carry out an inspection. Better safe than sorry.
History of the Pipes
Ask how old the plumbing is in your possible new home. You will want to know this, especially if the the home and therefore its possible plumbing is over 50 years old. Older homes are more likely to have galvanized steel pipes, not good for the plumbing of today. These types of pipes are prone to build-up and corrosion and will need to be replaced.
Seek out foul smells emanating from the plumbing system. Distinct and unbearable, an odor is a great indicator of piping damage and need for repair. Consider bringing in a licensed residential plumber in to inspect the entire plumbing system. A professional plumber will give an accurate and detailed report the general condition of the overall system and help prevent you from having to pay for a water or sewer system repair.