When you think of buying a house, you basically think of its outer shell and the property it sits on. However, if you are like most prospective home buyers, you don't give a great deal of thought to those mostly hidden components that also go along with the package deal, like the plumbing. The fact is, plumbing may not be one of your first concerns when you step into a home you are considering buying, but if you end up inheriting major plumbing issues with the house, you could be facing a headache and costly repairs. Here are four things to be alert to in a home you are considering buying as far as plumbing repairs are concerned.
What kind of plumbing lines are in place?
Get a good hard look at those plumbing lines that may not be so evident, such as the sewage drain lines in the basement or the main water lines leading into the house. Be on alert for plumbing lines that appear outdated, like those made of cast iron or terribly aged copper.
Do the plumbing fixtures need major upgrades?
Take a look at the major plumbing fixtures in the house, such as
- the toilets
- showers and bathtubs
- hot water heater
- garbage disposal
If these things are outdated, you can run into thousands of dollars worth of repair work just to have them replaced. Therefore, it is best to keep these things in mind when you make your final offer.
How old is the septic tank?
You may think septic tanks are an infinite implementation, but these things do expire. Knowing how long the septic tank has been in place will give you a better idea of how much longer the tank in place will last. For example, a concrete septic tank can last 40 years or more, while a steel tank more than 15 to 20 years old is probably starting to deteriorate.
How is the water quality?
You may not be able to tell a great deal about the water quality, but what you can do is run a fresh glass from the faucet and look for signs of debris or discoloration. Rust-colored water can mean the main feed lines need to be replaced because there is rust in the lines. Flakes of white, scaly material could mean hard water is a big deal in the house and clogs maybe a problem because of it.