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Plumbing Inspection Before Buying a Home

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Are you buying a home and worried about plumbing problems? You should perform an inspection that will put your mind at ease.  Besides structural inspections, a plumbing inspection is also something to consider.

Nothing compares to the joy of home ownership, especially for first time buyers.  Preparing to purchase your dream home involves much more than liking the floor plan, there’s a lot more to consider.

Moving Expenses

Besides the purchase price of a home, you’ll want to consider all the expenses and fees relating to moving, time off from work, trucking, moving company if you’re not doing it yourself and the purchase of furniture if your current furniture doesn’t look good in the new house.

Repair Costs

Although home inspections are performed, there are unplanned repairs that come up.  Whether your home is new or old, plumbing issues tend to arise at any time.

Most common plumbing problems are related to hardware and connections, leaks in various areas, and hot water heaters that stop functioning shortly after moving in.

Make sure you save extra cushion money for these unplanned repair costs.

Regular Plumbing Maintenance 

Stay consistent in maintaining your home plumbing, implementing regular inspection and maintenance can prove to be a huge cost savings over time.

Plumbing Inspection

Keeping an eye on your plumbing hardware will help you avoid larger plumbing emergencies.  

While you may be in awww of the new home, before you purchase one, take a closer look at the hardware in kitchens and bathrooms or wherever you see a connection.

Each home has a variety of different water sources in its design. These are the locations where problems are likely to arise.

  • Faucets
  • Shower Heads
  • Pipes
  • Connections

Our Bay Area plumbers have assisted many homeowners by inspecting a home before purchase.  This will ease your mind during the purchase, and help you rest easy without any worries.

Investigate Leaks Early

Reports by the Environmental Protection Agency have revealed that the average household leak can result in the loss of 10,000 gallons of water.

Often these leaks occur in places that homeowners are unaware of. Basements, for example can leak for quite some time without being spotted.

If you are aware of a leak it is important to do a thorough investigation. Finding the source of the leak is the only way to fix the problem.  Our professional plumbing company offers plumbing video camera inspections, and advanced leak detection to help you find the problem quick.

When standing water is allowed to remain in place, additional damage can occur to the surrounding areas, floors, walls, etc…  The earlier you detect and repair plumbing problems, the less costly it will be.

If you’re looking to purchase a home, rely on our Bay Area residential plumbing services to help you make a decision prior to purchase.  

Pride of home-ownership comes with buying your dream home without the hassle of plumbing problems and additional unplanned costs.  View a list of our Bay Area plumbing service areas, we look forward to helping you when you need us.


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3 Common Residential Plumbing Questions & Answers

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As a trusted plumbing company, we regularly get asked plumbing related questions, whether our plumbers get asked on-site or we get answer requests on the web. We’ve compiled a quick list we hope you’ll find beneficial.

TOP RESIDENTIAL PLUMBING QUESTIONS

My toilet keeps running long after flushing, how can I quickly stop that?

A running toilet, can waste a lot of water, it can also be quite annoying to hear the sound non-stop.

The reason your toilet keeps running is the rubber flap in the back of the tank. Take the top off the back of the tank, flush the toilet and watch the flap. Does it close the opening all the way? If not, re position the flap directly over the hole, and that should stop it.

Our hot water runs out quickly, I haven’t called a plumber because we get hot water, it just doesn’t last, what can I do?

Answering this question will depend on the type of water heater you have. Type and size of the water heater will have an effect on the amount of hot water produced.

If you have an electric water heater, one of the heating elements could’ve stopped working. There are two elements that heat up the water, one is on top and the other is on the bottom, thus reducing the amount of water available.

The size of the water heater and capacity will also make a difference, usage, etc. Did your family size recently increase? Are you running appliances you never ran before or more often?

Our experienced Bay Area plumbers will look at various situations, and test to determine the reason for the problem. Our estimates are complimentary, for a more detailed diagnosis, it’s best to call a plumber on-site.

You may also want to consider a tankless on-demand hot water heater. There is no tank, and the water is heated as its being requested throughout the house, so you never run out of hot water.

I have an ongoing issue with a clogged drain, it’s happening more frequently, can you tell me what could be causing this and if it’s safe to use chemical drain cleaners often?

Drains get clogged for multiple reasons, in the kitchen for example, if you’re not careful with what you put down the drain, the buildup can cause it to clog. In the bathrooms, hair, soap scum, oil residue, etc.. can also cause continuous clogs.

If the problem is persistent, you could have issues with other areas in the pipes such as tree roots, or a clog further down the drain. A video camera inspection should reveal the exact location and allow our plumbers to eliminate the problem for good.

As to whether it’s a good idea to continuously use chemical drain cleaners. We prefer preventative measures such as drain covers that minimize what goes down the drain, rather than harsh chemicals.

Drain cleaners are toxic, it’s not a good idea to keep them around the house with pets and children around. You may want to check into drain protection covers or bacteria and enzyme solutions available on the market, safer for the environment and safer on the pipes.

For serious clogged drains, contact our Bay Area Plumbers to clear the lines quickly.

 

We hope you found some of these topics helpful and something you can benefit from at your home.
If you have plumbing, and home improvement questions you’d like answers to, feel free to contact us, we’ll have our experts give you their professional advice and share it on our site with other homeowners.

If you need a reliable plumbing company in the Bay Area, we’ve been providing services since 1991 to commercial and residential clients. Our plumbing estimates are complimentary, and we take price in providing the highest quality plumbing service, guaranteed.


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