Moving to a new house is a stressful time. Whether it’s organising the movers, transferring your money and settling on a date for the big day, there are numerous things to take into consideration when changing address. One headache you want to avoid when setting up in your new abode is any plumbing problems. If found too late, they can be costly and could delay a move in date, putting the celebrations on hold. So, when inspecting a potential house, what should you keep in mind when it comes to the house’s plumbing system?
Check around the taps for any sitting water and to see that they can be turned off easily. A tap that is leaking can be fixed inexpensively so long as there are no other problems associated with it. Keep an eye out for any quick fixes too, such as tape, that may be masking long standing problems.
As for the toilet, check for any discolouration around the bottom of the toilet. Moreover, if the toilet is on the second floor, check the ceiling underneath it for any strange colours. If the floor feels weak around the toilet, it can mean the seal has been weakened.
- Water heater
Make sure to check the hot water system. If it’s old or has been damaged this can mean it’s life will be shorter than expected. It will be an unwanted expense on first moving in so best to sort it before that. Check that it’s actually doing the job too. Test the hot water to see it works and how quickly the house heats up. If the house has radiators check that they are all in working order too.
Ensure that the toilet is functioning properly and that all the buttons or levers are connected properly. As well as this, make sure to flush the toilet, to see that the water goes down freely. If there are any bad odours around the bathroom it could mean that there are problems or blockages in the pipes.
Ensuring there is nothing wrong with your new house before you move in can be a near impossible job. There will always be some small problems but if you make sure to do a routine check while viewing the house you could end up saving yourself a lot of time and money in the long run, something that everyone wants to avoid.