New Property Abroad: Plumbing Inspection Tips That Can Save You Money

By : Nick Marr

Buying a new home is a huge investment. Apart from the money forked out to secure the property, you invested a good amount of time into the property search and negotiation process.  Before you sign off on such a huge deal, you need to know that the home is in the best possible condition. This is important to avoid structural crisis that could lead to spending large amounts on unexpected repairs. There are many systems to inspect but the plumbing is very important. A plumbing problem can be very stressful in terms of overall comfort. You don’t want to start dealing with blocked pipes or leaking sewage a few weeks into your dream home.

If the structural survey doesn’t look at the plumbing, and you don’t have the expertise for the investigation, you may want to hire a plumper to do your plumbing inspection.

Check for leaks                                                                                                                                          

Have a look at all the faucets in the house for possible leaks and drips. On the surface, this looks like a negligible issue. In a big European property, however, you could rack up water bills quickly. Don’t forget to have a look at the water supply line for the refrigerator and then take a peek inside the under-sink cabinets.

Inspect your sewer line        

Homes in Europe are constructed with different kinds of sewer systems embedded. It is on you to discover what kind of sewer system was used in your new home. Talk to the seller about the history of the home.  With septic tanks, you need to be careful as well. You have to find out when last it was emptied by the owner.  You should equally find a plumbing company that understands and has the tech to do CCTV plumbing inspections to confirm if there are any problems.

Check the water heater

Do you want to be left without hot water in your new home? You should check the water heater in your potential house so as to confirm it is no more than eight years old. Even the best heaters don’t stay efficient beyond a decade, so this is a vital check that must be done.

Examine the toilets

Confirm that there are no leaks by looking at the base of the toilets around the house. If you see any damaged flooring around the toilet, ask questions. You should equally flush the toilets around the house and watch them fill to be sure there won’t be any issues in future.

Ensure there are no lead pipes around the house

Lead is a major cause of poisoning amongst other health hazards. You should ensure that the house you are inspecting doesn’t have any lead popes. If you are buying a vintage European home, you should consider adding costs of pipe relaying into the equation, as lead was used in plumbing systems before the late 80s.

Confirm the use of wrappings

To ensure your pipes won’t give way during the winter, you need to confirm that they are wrapped. Proper wrapping ensures they won’t burst open. You equally need to confirm that vents around the home have insulation wrapped around them.

Inspect the well

Is your dream house fitted with a well system? Call in the experts to inspect the well for possible issues, including contamination.