10 hidden plumbing issues a home inspection might uncover
Purchasing or moving into a new home? A plumbing inspection can sometimes uncover some nasty plumbing surprises. Don’t get caught out!
Congratulations, you’re thinking about buying your first home or are moving into a new place! This is an exciting step in your life and we understand that you want it to run as smoothly as possible so before you move in there are some things you will want to ensure you check off your list to make sure your home is up to scratch and won’t give you any issues a few months after you move in.
A thorough plumbing inspection is a surefire way to ensure you don’t get any nasty little (or big and expensive) problems after you move in. Here’s a list of the ten common issues we pick up when we conduct plumbing inspections in Bribie Island homes.
#1 Water Stains
If there are water stains around your home then there’s a good chance this points to a potential leak. We check all your showers, bathtubs, bathrooms (toilets, etc) and kitchen to ensure that no water stains are visible.
#2 Mould and Mildew
We understand that mould and mildew is something you have to combat in a wet area like a bathroom, but an overabundance of mould or mildew in joins, connections, walls and grout could be a sign that something is amiss. It’s best not to take any chances with mould or mildew as they can lead to some pretty nasty health problems.
#3 Old Hot Water Units
On average a hot water system will last about 10-15 years if it’s serviced regularly. We check the hot water unit’s date to ensure you’re not moving into a home with a potential ticking hot water bomb that could cost you a bucket load (no pun intended) if it suddenly goes on the blink.
#4 Dodgy Tiling
If you’re seeing cracked tiling and loose grout, this could be a sign of some dodgy work being done sometime in the past. If the tiling isn’t done well, there’s a good chance the waterproofing underneath has gotten the same treatment. In the long run this can cause issues with finding leaks and in the worst case scenario, a new bathroom.
#5 Low or Inconsistent Water Pressure
Water pressure can be a good indication of how old your plumbing might be. Low water pressure isn’t always an issue with the mains and it’s worthwhile asking neighbors about their water pressure if yours is low (if your neighbour’s water pressure is fine and yours is low, this could indicate an issue).
#6 Soggy backyard and mould spots in the yard
If there are wet patches in the yard, soggy spots under the grass or areas of mould and mildew in the yard, this could indicate issues with leaking pipes under the ground or poor drainage issues. Either way it’s worth investigating the backyard to see if any of these tell tale signs exist.
# 7 Inheriting Neighbour’s Plumbing Issues
If you’re moving into a townhouse, apartment or terrace home it’s worth keeping in mind that there may be shared drainage and piping so the upstairs neighbour’s plumbing issue could quickly become yours as well.
# 8 Renovations that aren’t up to scratch
This can be a hard one to spot if you’re not trained in a particular trade as dodgy renovations can sometimes be covered up to look like quality work. It’s worth finding out who the companies were that have conducted any renovation work on your potential new home. If the work has been carried out by a reputable company, then there’s a very good chance the work is up to scratch.
Cheap fittings and poor quality materials can be a sign that a plumber or tradie isn’t overly quality focused and is happy to use cheap and nasty components on their jobs to cut down pricing or boost their bottom line.
# 9 Clay pipes
Not something we see a lot of these days but they’re still around. Clay pipes are renowned for breaking, so if you find that your home has clay sewer piping, keep in mind you may be up for replacements at some stage in the future.
#10 Dodgy work
Unfortunately there are thousands of stories around of bad work, unfinished jobs, cowboy tradies and plain unethical business practices. To ensure you don’t inherit any of these issues we check for any tricks like hiding access points to work done (something they might be hiding). Recently painted walls can be a sign of covering up leaks and a newly painted or renovated roof might have had issues with leaks and drips.