Buying a house is expensive enough without unexpected plumbing failures to add on more costs. It’s easy for home buyers to gloss over plumbing inspections when looking over the house because let’s face it – it’s not as exciting as other aspects of the home. However, if you’re serious about a home and your budget, making sure your home ticks off all the boxes on this plumbing checklist is a must.

1. Function
Go through the house and test each toilet and each shower to ensure that they are working as they should. Your toilets should be flushing without gurgling sounds and should fill back up normally. Check to make sure your showers and taps function with both hot and cold water.

2. Water Pressure
A common issue that is easy to overlook until you experience it firsthand is low water pressure. Check all your faucets to see if any are having pressure issues. If you find that the water pressure in a home is weak, this could be an indication that there is a deeper plumbing issue that needs to be addressed in the home.

3. Dripping
When you turn off the taps, wait a minute to see if any of the taps drip. If they do, that’s a sign that the house is experiencing some leak issues and will cost you more money on your water bill in future.

4. Warping Floors and Rust
Look carefully around the floor surrounding the toilet, dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine. Warped floors occur when water seeps into the floorboards and causes them to swell against each other, curling and disfiguring the floor. Check to see if there is any staining around these areas too and be sure to look at the ceilings in the bathroom in case of mould and unpleasant smells that could suggest leaking problems.