A crucial, yet overlooked area by most home buyers is plumbing issues within a home. There is a lot of money that could be saved by simply checking these common areas before deciding to purchase a home.

#1: Check the water heater

Water heaters last for around 10 years and are not cheap to replace. Check the state of the water heater before you decide to purchase your home. Look for signs of corrosion, dampness, lack of hot water and leaking.  All of these signs show that a water heater needs to be replaced.

#2: Check for toilet leaks

It is important to check for any leaks coming from the toilet, because they cause the floor around the toilet to rot. Leaks may indicate that the toilet is not draining properly and may also mean that a chain or flapper needs replacing. To check for leaks, look for signs of discoloration on the floors and test whether the floor sinks beneath your feet or if the toilet bowl wiggles when moved.

#3: Check the pipes

When inspecting the house, be sure to inspect the pipes and look for leaks, signs of corrosion and check the size of the pipes. If the pipes aren’t big enough, you’ll see restricted flow coming from the home’s drains. They should also be properly insulated, so be sure to ask about that during your inspection.

Buying a home is a big leap so it’s important that you know exactly what you’re paying for. If you are unsure of anything related to your drains and plumbing, it’s best to call in a professional. Here are Drains Plus, we specialise in blocked drains and drain cleaning.