Buying a new home is a significant investment of time and money. Accordingly, whether relocating for a short time or hunting for their forever home, homebuyers should take every precaution before purchasing a new house. In particular, we urge homebuyers to ensure their prospective home’s plumbing system is in tip-top condition before signing any paperwork. While it’s always best to have one of our experienced Ocala plumbers perform a thorough inspection of a new home before making an offer, there are a few key things homebuyers can check for themselves during an initial tour. Use the following checklist from Sunshine Plumbing and Gas to ensure you’re not buying a home with plumbing problems.

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Flushing Toilet

Flush Every Toilet

The most effective way to check if a home’s toilets are in good working order is with a test flush. When touring a prospective home, be sure to flush each toilet in each bathroom. Doing so will allow homebuyers to see for themselves if the home’s toilets have any outstanding problems. Specifically, pay attention to whether toilets run too long, have a weak flow, clog easily, or make gurgling noises.

Test Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be a sign of more significant problems lurking within a plumbing system. Test a prospective home’s water pressure by turning on faucets and showers around the house. If the water pressure from any faucets around the house seems too low, it’s advisable to have it checked by an experienced plumber.

Watch Out For Corroded Pipes

Visually inspect any pipes you come across, inside or outside of the house, for signs of corrosion. Corroded pipes are a clear indication of impending leaks, of which you’ll be on the hook for repairing. Also, don’t forget to ask your realtor about the home’s pipes’ material and age. Typically, galvanized pipes will need to be replaced every 30 years.

Inspect The Water Heater

At some point during the tour, ask the realtor if you can have a look at the home’s water heater. Much like with the home’s pipes, inspect the water heater for any signs of damage. Corrosion, buildup, leaks, etc., are red flags that a water heater is suffering from problems you won’t want to deal with. While you’re at it, ask about the water heaters’ age. If it’s somewhere in the range of 10–12 years old, it may need to be replaced soon.

Check Gutter System & Downspouts

An often overlooked yet vitally important part of a home’s plumbing is its gutter system. Without a functional gutter system and downspouts to divert rainwater, water will pool around a home’s foundation, potentially causing property damage. Inspect the home’s exterior base for any signs of pooling water. If you find any, that’s a good indication the home’s gutter system is either broken or clogged, and there may already be existing water damage.