Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

Checking Out The Plumbing In A Home You Are Considering

If you are in the market for a new home, then you want to make sure you purchase a great home that will serve you and your family well for many years to come. This means making sure the house has all the features you want, verifying that the house is the right size, and making sure that you aren't going to run into some major issues once you get into the home. Not looking into the plumbing can land you in some big trouble once you move in because you can find yourself dealing with some major plumbing problems.

Find out the last time the septic tank was emptied

If the home is on sewer, then you won't have to worry about this part. However, if it is on septic, then you will want to find out how long ago the septic tank was emptied. If it's been a few years, then you should plan on having it emptied so you know you're going to be good for a while.

When you have a home on septic, it's important to make sure the wrong things don't go down the drains, such as harsh cleaners, cotton, feminine products, plastic, cigarette butts, condoms, grease, oil, and any food other than what's okay to go down the garbage disposal.

Flush the toilets and run the water in all the sinks

You should go through the house to flush all the toilets and run water down all the drains in the sinks and tubs. You want to see that there is good water pressure and that the water goes down as it's supposed to. While one slow draining sink may be a very simple fix, many slow draining sinks or toilets can indicate a bigger issue that may require the assistance of a plumber.

Listen for any odd sounds coming from the plumbing

While older houses can make a certain amount of sounds due to old pipes, you shouldn't hear a lot of noise coming from them. If you do hear a lot of banging, gurgling or other noises, then you may end up dealing with a plumbing system that's going to need to have a lot of repairs put into it if not a complete plumbing overhaul.


You'll feel much better about purchasing a home once you know that the plumbing is sound. Of course, the best way to know without a doubt that there are no issues is to take things a step further and have it professionally looked at by a plumber. If the problems with the plumbing are something simple, like faucets that need repairing, then you can rest assured that a quick visit from a plumber can take care of the problem.