January 25, 2017 by

Before you seal the deal on that new house you’ve been eyeing, it’s important to do a thorough walkthrough of the plumbing system. This will ensure that everything is up-to-date and running smoothly. Opting out of a home plumbing inspection is a common mistake that is often overlooked by prospective buyers. If you aren’t exactly sure where to start, contact your local Roto-Rooter High Desert professional to get the process rolling.

Here are five simple, but often overlooked tips for your home inspection:

Run the faucets

Check to make sure faucets in the home are properly running in the bathrooms, kitchen and utility sink. What you’re looking for is a clear, a steady stream of water. Discoloration in the water could mean a rusted pipe, and a tiny or weak stream usually indicates a cracked one or other issues. This needs to be replaced before you sign off on the home.

Inspect fixtures

Be sure to do a thorough inspection of every visible plumbing fixture. This includes pipes under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, in the laundry room, basement and even your outdoor sprinkler system. You should also doublecheck to make sure the hot water heater and sump pump are functioning properly. You never know what you may find – such as a cracked pipe or even a leak. You should also flush each toilet and the disposal to make sure they are running properly.

Check for corrosion

Take a close look around your bathtub, shower, floors and sinks to ensure there is no corrosion or mold growth. These are common issues if the caulking along the bath fixtures is wearing out. Severe damage to the walls and floor will occur if this is not taken care of immediately. Additionally, mold is a serious health hazard and definitely not a warm welcome to your new home.

Locate the septic tank

It is important to get to know your septic tank, as in where it’s located, the capacity it can hold and where the drain field is placed. Your septic tank is more important than you think, so if you don’t know what constitutes as “good” or “needs to be replaced,” you should contact your local Roto-Rooter High Desert professional.

Avoid lead pipes

Ask your real estate agent to see a copy of the home-inspection report to see in what year the house was constructed. Typically, homes built before 1930 contain lead piping, and homes built before 1986 contain copper piping that can have traces of lead in it. The report will tell you what material the pipes are made of. If you see lead, that is a major red flag.

Your Local Septic System Service in Victorville, CA, is Roto-Rooter High Desert

Buying a new home requires a proper inspection from true professionals. Roto-Rooter High Desert can handle your local septic system service requests in Victorville, CA. For more information, contact our experts today!