Once you find the home that has the perfect number of bedrooms, the right yard, and the ideal kitchen, you'll want to take a closer look to make sure there are no problems that could cost serious money down the line. Before you have your real estate agent draw up a contract and schedule a home inspection, investigate these common plumbing problems on your own. You can learn a lot about a home's plumbing from a few simple tests.

Flush the Toilets

As you check out each of the bathrooms in your potential dream home, flush the toilets. You may learn that the toilets are running, or have improper water pressure or clogged drains. Lift the toilet lid and look in the tank. If you see cracks, condensation, or water stains, it may be necessary to replace the toilets in the home. The real estate agent showing the home may be able to have the homeowner handle any of these plumbing repairs before you put an offer down on the house.

Investigate the Hot Water Heater

Hot water heaters are not cheap to replace, so take a look at the hot water heater and test the hot water in each of the faucets in the home. When you look at the hot water heater itself, look for any of the following signs of trouble:

  • The pilot light is out
  • The pilot light flame is not blue
  • There are signs of rust or corrosion on the hot water heater
  • The hot water heater has never been serviced

If you see any of these problems and still want to buy the house, be sure to have a contingency put into the purchase contract that requires the current homeowners to replace the hot water heater.

Check the Water Pressure

Check the water pressure in all sinks and showers. Low pressure in just one faucet could mean that the fixture needs to be cleaned, but low pressure throughout the house could be a sign of a much larger issue. There could be a problem with water pressure in all the homes in the neighborhood, or the home you are looking at could have leaky pipes. If the pipes need to be replaced, you could be looking at a considerable expense. You may be able to negotiate with the homeowner to split the cost of the replacement pipe installation in the home.

A home inspection won't catch everything, and you probably want to know about any potential problems with your potential dream home before you make an offer. Use this list as a guide, and be sure to look for any water damage or other signs that the home will need a plumber. This will prevent you from having to make expensive repairs right after buying your new home. If you need the services of a reputable plumber in your area, consider contacting A Absolute Plumbing & Heating.