Buying a new home is so exciting! During all that excitement, there are things to keep in mind before you even make an offer. Buying a home with serious issues can end up putting you in the hole financially. It could also be quite a nightmare to coordinate the repair of any missed issues. Here are five plumbing areas to check before you buy your new house.

Water Heater

Be sure your inspection includes the water heater. If the water heater is older than 10 years, it should probably be replaced before you move in.


Make sure the toilets in the home are not leaking at the base. Sealing those kinds of leaks could make the problem worse, so keep that in mind. Also, ensure they flush and drain correctly.

Water Supply Pipes

A home’s pipes are a very integral part of its plumbing system. A thorough plumbing inspection is necessary to ensure all the pipes are in good shape and free of rust or damage. You also want to make sure no lead pipes are still being used. This concern is usually an issue in older homes.

Water Pressure

Weak water pressure could be a sign of a plumbing problem. Be sure to check every faucet, tub, and shower head in the home to gauge adequate water pressure. Sometimes a new fixture is all that’s needed to fix an isolated water pressure problem. However, if weak pressure is a consistent find throughout the house, you’ll need to consult a plumber.

Hidden Water Damage

Be sure to check basements and crawl spaces for any hidden water damage. Water damage could mean hidden leaks, inadequate repairs, or a list of other plumbing issues.

Need a thorough plumbing inspection before buying a new home? Call the experts at Preferred Plumbing. We can help!