Purchasing a Home? Check the Plumbing!

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It is always advisable to hire a licensed home inspector to check out every aspect of a home you wish to purchase.  Increasingly, consumers are additionally protecting themselves by requesting home warranties, which will cover expenses not billable under homeowner’s insurance for a certain amount of time after purchase.  These are excellent steps to take, as plumbing problems can be completely out of sight one minute and disastrous the next.  It is estimated that 44 percent of consumers have to call a plumber within the first year of home ownership.  In the hopes that this will not happen to you, there are some things you can check for signs of plumbing difficulties ahead during the inspection phase.

  • Check the yard of the home for any areas that appear excessively wet or which have odd plant growth. This can be a sign of standing water coming from a leaking pipe.
  • You may wish to hire a licensed plumber to perform a video inspection of the underground sewer pipes to check for any current or potential future problems.
  • In the kitchen, make sure the garbage disposal and dishwasher connections are tight. Check the flow of water in the faucet, as well as the areas under the sink for any signs of water damage.
  • Inspect the water heater for rust. Additionally, check the age of the tank, as any heater over 15 years old will need to be replaced.
  • Locate the main line cleanout and be sure it is easily accessible.
  • Check any exposed piping in the basement for signs of leaks or repairs.
  • In the bathroom, check the flow of water in the bathtub and sink. Flush the toilet, then look around it for any signs of water damage. Place your feet on either side of the toilet; if the ground there feels soft, the floorboards are weakened or rotting due to a water leak.

Summer Plumbing Problems

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With the news media reminding us each of every year, it is fairly well known that significant problems, such as frozen and bursting pipes, can be brought on by winter weather.  However, what you may not know is that there are several plumbing problems that happen more commonly in the summer months than any other time of year.

The first plumbing issue that arises more often in the summer is a clogged garbage disposal.  First, the disposal tends to get a tougher workout in the summer months, when you are more likely to be entertaining at home.  Second, summer fruit and vegetable remains such as watermelon rinds and corn husks can wreak havoc on the blades of the disposal.  Finally, you may be making the mistake of dumping dirty grease down the sink after grilling out, which will coat the blades and cause buildup on them.  Be sure to run cold water before and after using the disposal to help clear out the food.  Grinding some ice cubes can help to remove any buildup on the blades.

Another thing you may find breaks down more frequently in the summer is your washing machine.  Between the kids being home from school, trips to the beach and the pool, and summer vacations, you may find yourself doing twice as much laundry as usual.  It’s advisable to only run the washing machine when you are home, so you can stop the cycle immediately if you notice any problems.

Finally, a third plumbing issue that often arises in the summer is sewer line backups.  If you live in an area with excessive rainfall, it can cause damage to the pipes in two ways.  First, any shifting soil around the pipes can cause them to crack.  Next, once the cracks occur, excess rainwater can seep in through them, thereby causing the sewer line to back up.  If you discover water backing up into any drain in your home, you should call a licensed plumber immediately.

Hydro Jetting

plumbers hydro jetting pipesHydro jetting is a process used by professional plumbers to clean your pipes and drains using extreme water pressure of between 1500 and 4000 pounds per minute.  This method is useful for extreme clogs that cannot be tackled by traditional means.

For example, if you are experiencing a clogged sink, your first instinct may be to go to the hardware store and purchase a plumbing snake.  This is a long, flexible metal tube with a hand crank at one end and a corkscrew auger on the other.  The idea is that you will turn the crank to extend the cable down the drain until you reach the point of the blockage.  You must then push through the blockage and then remove the snake from the drain, hopefully bringing up some of the goop causing the clog along with the auger.  A snake can be a wonderful tool if you have a minor clog or a single item stuck in your drain.  However, if you have a longer-term problem building up, it is only a temporary fix. [Read more…]

Signs Your Pipes May Need Replacement

Drainlayer Worker Pipes RetroThe pipes in your home are used constantly on a daily basis.  However, as they are largely out of your view, they are usually not an item you think too much about until a plumbing issue occurs.  While many plumbing issues can be resolved with repairs, there are times when you may need to consider replacing the piping altogether.

First, if your residence was built prior to 1986, the possibility exists that your pipes could cause lead poisoning.  This is a very serious matter, as lead poisoning can result in impeded development in children, and high blood pressure and kidney damage in adults.  If you live in an older home, contact a licensed plumbing professional as soon as possible to have your pipes inspected for lead. [Read more…]

Should I have a plumbing inspection done on my new home?

Benefits of a Plumbing Inspection for New Homeowners

 

Plumbing InspectionBuying a new home is an important and sometimes challenging venture and that means it is important to check out everything before buying a new home. It is important to note that a plumbing inspection is especially important before buying a new home because there may be plumbing issues that need to be taken care of before moving in such as cracks or leaks in pipes. 

In addition, a plumbing inspection is needed to ensure that if there are any plumbing problems, they can be corrected before you move in. There are many benefits that come from a plumbing inspection such as saving time and money. By having a plumbing inspection you will find out if the home you’re interested in, is worth your time and investment. Most importantly, having a plumbing inspection will give you peace of mind.

It is important to note that a plumbing inspection on a new home will also save you money on water bills because the plumbing inspection will disclose if there are leaks in the faucet or pipes. Moving into a new home is a major event and you want to ensure that your new home will provide you with peak performance. When your home is running smoothly and efficiently, it makes your life more convenient and less troublesome.

Some are not aware of how a plumbing inspection can help you plan for the future. If you are thinking about expanding your new home in the future, you will need to find out if your current plumbing system will allow further expansion of your home. Most importantly, a thorough plumbing inspection should cover the following items: sinks, tubs and showers, toilets, water heaters and main line stoppages.

For more information on how a plumbing inspection can help you, call a professional plumber today!

Are you in need of a home plumbing inspection in the Marietta area? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call today!