Buying a house is certainly a costly endeavour. And with all the expenses that you will be burdened with, it makes sense that you will try to save some money in some aspects. One task that you may be tempted to handle on your own is checking the condition of the plumbing in a home that you are considering purchasing.
While carrying out a plumbing inspection is important, it won't be effective if you handle it on your own. Before you underrate the importance of leaving this to the professionals, consider the following reasons why you should pay them to carry out a plumbing inspection before you buy a house.
Investigating the condition of the water heater
Hot water repairs and replacement can be incredibly expensive. But if you move into a new house and do not know if this appliance is at the end of its life cycle or not, you likely will end up shouldering these costs. Instead of taking this risk, it is best to invest in a plumbing inspection so that you are aware of what you are buying right from the start.
A plumber will not only scrutinize the water heater for signs of potential leaks, but they will also investigate its age, as this will give them an idea of how much longer it will be able to operate at optimum. Moreover, they will determine how efficient the water heater is and if it is simply best to upgrade to a newer, more efficient model. This information can help you negotiate the asking price of the home.
Investigating the presence of hidden clogs and leaks
The second reason why you should invest in a professional plumbing inspection rather than elect to carry it out on your own is to have peace of mind that any hidden problems will be uncovered. Clogs, for example, are hard to notice right from the start unless the blockage is severe. Hence, you may run the water for a while but if you do not notice signs of slow drainage, any blockages present in the plumbing will remain unbeknownst to you.
A certified plumber, conversely, is equipped with an arsenal of tools such as drain snakes, sewer line cameras and other leak detection paraphernalia that allows them to carry out a comprehensive examination of the plumbing network. Thus, they are better placed to diagnose the presence of any potential issues that would otherwise remain concealed until you have already bought the house and have lived in it for a while.