Whether you are moving into a new home as a tenant or buying your own home, there are some preliminary checks that you should do before you get settled (when renting) or even purchase the house in the first place (when buying) and this includes the plumbing. Here are 5 key plumbing checks you should carry out when moving into a new house or apartment.
Put Your Water Leak Detection Cap On
It’s important to inspect all your taps for leaks or drips. That includes taps in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and any taps that might be located in the garden or courtyard. While you’re at it, check your shower heads for leaks and damaged seals. Early water leak detection can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run and avoid serious damage to the property.
Look Out for Water Stains
Whether you are moving into a new home as a tenant or inspect a property prior to purchase you should check the walls and ceiling for any signs of dampness or mould or water stains. Any of these three issues could indicate there is a leaking pipe somewhere in the home requiring repair.
Inspect the Hot Water System
Hot water is vital for cooking, washing your clothes and bathing. If you are buying a new home, it is important to check that the hot water heater is in a safe place as well as the age of the hot water system. If the water heater appears old, corroded or to not be functioning properly you can request that a new one be installed as part of the purchase agreement. If you are going to be renting the property, you can request that a plumber be sent out to inspect the hot water system.
Make Sure the Toilets Work
One issue that often gets overlooked by home owners is a leaking toilet. If the toilet cistern is constantly running after flushing during the day or night this can lead to hefty water bills. If you are renting this is an essential item to flag on your condition report or notify your real estate agent about as soon as you move in. Alternatively, if you are purchasing the property this is an important plumbing feature to inspect before buying.
Beware of Drainage Issues
One of the most annoying plumbing problems in the home is a blocked or clogged drain. Detecting drainage issues can be as simple as flushing the toilet or letting the tap run above a sink to check if they take a while to empty.
If you have just bought a new home and discovered one of these plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on 0400 978 442.