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Are you in the market for a new home? Maybe you’ve been looking for a while or maybe you just started looking. Either way, there are a few important things that you should be paying attention to when it comes to finding the right home for you. And those things have to do with the plumbing. You want to make sure that you’re not signing on for a home in North Las Vegas, NV that actually needs a whole lot of plumbing work, and your plumber can tell you a lot about what to look out for.
Stains in the Ceiling
If you notice any sort of stains on the ceiling it could be a sign that something happened there. Brown stains especially could mean that there was a water leak. Now, it’s possible that they got that water leak taken care of, but if the stains are still on the ceiling it means they didn’t do everything that they could have. That’s definitely something you want your home inspector or a plumber to take a look at so you know what you’re getting into.
Problems with Drains
When you’re touring a home, you should absolutely check the sinks and shower drains. Basically, anything that has a drain you should run some water through. The exception is if the water has been turned off, which you will be told by your agent. If the water was turned off, however, you should have someone take a closer look at all of the plumbing. If you can check it all out make sure you pay attention to how the water comes out as well as how fast or slow it drains.
As mentioned, you should be looking at the actual quality of the water that’s coming out of each of those drains. Is it coming out smoothly? Does it look clear? Does it look fresh? If there’s any discoloration or if there are any particles in the water that’s a bad sign. It means that there could be a problem somewhere in the line and that’s definitely going to be a problem for you if you decide to buy the house. Talk to a plumber or home inspector to find out more about what you should be doing with this information.
If you notice any leaking pipes, dripping faucets or puddles of water that’s something you should be looking into quickly. You don’t want to find yourself with a home that has a major or even a minor leak because it could be a sign of something more serious. Make sure you’re pointing out these things and that you get a home inspector or plumber to look at them as well. The leak could be something that’s easy to fix, but if it is then the homeowner should be taking care of it with their plumber.
Old or Outdated Water Heater
Take a close look at the water heater and see if there’s a date somewhere on it. If the sticker has been removed you should be able to ask the agent or homeowner just how old the water heater is. And you may even be able to tell just by looking at it whether it’s old or if it’s relatively new. If the water heater is old you want to make sure a plumber takes a close look at it to see if there’s anything wrong with it or if it’s expected to last a while longer.
Water Damage in the Cupboards
Anywhere that you can get a good look at the plumbing you should be taking a look. If it runs through cabinets and cupboards or even closets make sure you look closely. Can you see anything that looks like there might have been water pooled in that area at one time? How about any smell that seems musty or moldy? Any of these signs mean that you might have some type of water problem or water damage that, even if it’s been cleaned up or stopped, could have caused some damage elsewhere in the system or in the walls and flooring, which your plumber can help you find.
Mold or Mildew Smell
In general, if you notice this kind of smell anywhere in the house it’s a really good sign that you should be doing something about it. You want to make sure that you’re getting a professional plumber to take a look and find out where the smell is coming from and just what it could mean. You definitely don’t want to have a problem somewhere in your floors or walls that you don’t know anything about until after the house is yours. It could be a much bigger problem than you even realize.
No matter what you’re planning to do with a house that you’re buying the most important thing is that you evaluate it closely. Getting a plumber to take a look is going to be a great way for you to make sure that the home is in the best shape possible. While there are other things you need to know about a potential home, you absolutely don’t want to buy something that has a lot of water damage or plumbing problems. You’ll end up with a whole lot of expenses that you absolutely don’t want to deal with.
When you’re looking for a new home or when you have any kind of plumbing problems with your current home, you need to call Craig’s Plumbing of North Las Vegas, NV. You’ll be able to get the problem taken care of by our team of experts or get more information about what it’s going to take. That way, you can make the right decision about buying a house. You’ll be able to double check all the facts and ensure that you’re buying a house that’s going to be a great home for your entire family, without you having to put too much work into it just to enjoy it.