Buying a New Home? Three Plumbing Questions to Ask

Are you currently on the house hunt? While there are many things to consider before purchasing a new home in the Buffalo area, plumbing should always be a top priority. Knowing what plumbing questions to ask during your house hunt will help you make the best decision as a future homeowner. As you’re looking for a new home in the Buffalo area, here are three essential plumbing questions to ask:

Has the sewer line been replaced?

Before buying a home, it’s essential to know whether the sewer line has ever been replaced. If the line has been replaced, ask how recently the replacement was done. Problems that indicate a sewer line issue are tree roots or leaks in the line that aren’t caused by clogs. A professional plumber can perform a camera inspection to evaluate your sewer line.

How old is the water heater?

Being aware of the quality and condition of the water heater in a house is important for getting a sense of its lifespan. If the water heater is in poor shape, chances are you’ll need to have it replaced as soon as six months or less. Asking if the home has a tank-style water heater or a tankless water heater will also play a role in its projected lifespan.

Has the basement ever flooded?

If a home’s basement has ever experienced flooding (or frequently does), this is a warning sign not to ignore. Even if a basement isn’t refinished, flooding is still a concern. From mold and infestation to foundation problems, basement flooding is a serious issue that should be investigated. In some cases, the sump pump may be malfunctioning and needs to be replaced. Always inspect the condition of the basement before buying the home, and when in doubt, have a professional plumber do an assessment!

Do you have plumbing questions? Get in touch with The Plumber, Heating & Cooling in Buffalo and schedule an inspection with one of our technicians today.

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