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Moving to a New Home? Don’t Forget a Plumbing Inspection

One of the happiest days of your life can be the day you move into your dream home.  That day could also be the start of a virtual nightmare if you don’t invest in a home inspection before purchasing a home.

Plumbing is one of those things that are pretty tough to access because so much of it is out of sight behind walls, in the basement or in the crawl spaces. Everything may look fine to the naked eye but it is extremely to have a professional plumber such as JMS Express Plumbing do a thorough inspection before you finalize any purchase.


If a plumber is called after the purchase of a new home, you may be at risk for expensive surprises that could have been avoided with a little bit of careful planning.

There are three major plumbing issues that are often overlooked before a buyer purchases a new home that can be very expensive.

The Water Heater

Any water heater that is over then years old is always suspect. Water heaters that heat a home in addition to supplying the hot water will often need to be replaced before the ten-year mark.

The age of a water heater can be determined by its model and serial number.

Location is another thing to take a careful look at. A water heater located close to wood flooring, carpet, drywall or valuable assets of the property is a risk for damage.

It’s also very important to make sure the water heater is big enough for your needs—particularly if you have a young family.

Sewage Issues

If your home seems to drains that clog all the time you could have some serious problems. Frequent clogging could be related to an issue with the main sewer line.

Sewer lines can deteriorate over time and can require repair or replacement. Catching a sewer issue before you purchase is critical if you want to avoid a hefty replacement fee.

Plumbers will conduct a camera inspection to determine if clogging within the home is more serious than anticipated. The camera can catch problems along the sewer line that is impossible to determine by a simple home inspection.

Leaky Toilets

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Small leaks around the toilet have a tendency to go unnoticed and unrepaired for years. When inspecting a home, plumbers look for warping and discoloration around the toilet’s base, soft flooring around the toilet that moves when pressure is applied and a toilet bowl that can move from side to side.

While a leaky toilet may seem like a minor plumbing issue, over time the moisture causes rot in the subfloor and can get between the subfloor and the finished floor.