You already know that when you shop for an older home, you are at risk of dealing with certain problems, like an HVAC system that isn’t energy-efficient or a roof that needs to be replaced. But you may look beyond those issues to the “bones” of the house, or the basic structure. So long as the house has good bones, you likely consider the rest cosmetic.
Even if a house has good bones, it may not have good plumbing. You may not even realize it unless there’s a pipe sticking out of the wall and gushing water all over the floor. Most problems occur behind the walls or under the foundation, so they don’t reveal themselves until they have caused major damage. You can’t even look at the pipes and see that they are worn or are getting old because the pipes are hidden in walls and floors.
You should never assume that things are OK with the plumbing if you don’t notice any problems when you are touring the house. Even if it’s a newer house, there might be serious plumbing problems waiting to be discovered. You need to ensure that the plumbing is included in the inspection before you agree to buy the house.
When to Schedule an Inspection
You should always schedule a plumbing inspection if you are looking at an older home. Even if the plumbing system is designed to last for longer than the house is old, the plumbing can still experience problems because the pipes have started to age and become worn or corroded. Don’t take any chances, even if the owner or realtor says that there are no problems with the plumbing. Always schedule the inspection.
You should also consider scheduling an inspection if you are looking at a newer home. Ask for any plumbing records or history of repairs, as well. You need to know what you’re dealing with in the plumbing system, and that could include lingering problems that will become bigger in a few months or a few years.
What the Inspection Might Find
The inspection might simply find that you have a healthy plumbing system, which will assure you that you are making a good investment with the home. Or it might find that you have some minor issues, such as a clogged drain or a small leak in one of the bathrooms.
The inspection also might find that you have major plumbing problems. For example, it could find that your water heater is on its last legs and will need to be replaced as soon as possible. Or it might find that the pipes have become corroded and are on the verge of bursting or leaking in many locations. You might discover that the house needs to be re-piped entirely if it is to avoid damage and function properly. These are the kinds of things you need to know about to make the right decision for your potential new home.
Re-Piping Your Home
You may need to consider re-piping your home if it has an older plumbing system or if the inspection shows that there are major problems waiting to be addressed in the plumbing. Re-piping will help you avoid the piecemeal repairs that can quickly add up. You can save a lot of money and ensure your peace of mind by re-piping sooner rather than later.
Your choice in piping material can also have a significant impact on things like your water pressure, energy efficiency, and rate of repairs. For example, PEX piping is a flexible material that is resistant to corrosion, won’t freeze, and is energy efficient. When you talk to your plumber about your re-piping options, ask about which material would suit your property type and the local climate best.
In California, Integrity Repipe can re-pipe your home to ensure the integrity of your plumbing and protect your home. Our plumbers are experts in PEX re-piping, but they also re-pipe in other material types. Not only do we perform total home re-piping, but we also perform repairs on smaller sections of your plumbing. Our professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us in Mission Viejo today to schedule your consultation or inspection.
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Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656