Spring is generally considered the busiest time of year for residential real estate in the Austin area. With the early arrival of spring this year, residential real estate is already heating up.
There are many facets to purchasing a new home; potentially none more important than the home inspection.
One of the most critical areas a home inspection covers in assessing the viability of your potential new home is the state of its plumbing. Overlooked plumbing problems at this stage may manifest into more serious issues, such as flooding or costly leaks, later.
Here are four major areas on which a plumbing inspection should focus:
1. Check for lead pipes
Homes built prior to 1998 often have lead or galvanized plumbing. Keep this in mind, particularly if you have children.
2. The water meter
Your home inspector will need to locate the meter, and determine whether the shut off valve to the home’s water supply is in good working condition.
3. The hot water heater
A general rule is that a family of four should have at least a 40-gallon tank. Also important; the age of the water heater and its location. To save on water and gas, many people forego the traditional heater and opt for a tankless water heater.
Ensuring kitchen and bathroom faucets, toilets, and showers are all leak-free and in good working condition can save water as well as money on your water bill. Every drop counts with the dry, hot summers we experience in Austin.
If a home inspection reveals plumbing problems, local experts suggest buyers contact a reputable Austin plumbing company and ask for a free repair estimate. This helps a buyer in a couple of ways; how much money they may need to spend on repairs, or, how much to ask for in concessions from the seller.
1st Home and Commercial Services provides licensed plumbers in Austin, TX, licensed plumbers in Buda, TX and licensed plumbers in Kyle, TX who are glad to provide a free estimate on home inspection-recommended plumbing repairs.