Plumbing Checklist for New Homeowners

If you’re a first time buyer, prospective landlord or new homeowner, checking for obvious or hidden plumbing issues should be at the top of your to-do list before committing or signing on the dotted line. When armed with the knowledge of what to look out for, you can anticipate a range of potential plumbing or drainage issues, and possibly even save yourself a significant amount of time and money while doing so.

Here’s our checklist to help you identify any plumbing or drainage issues within a property before you move in or decide to let:

Check for low water pressure

There are various ways to check for low water pressure, but the easiest one is by simply flushing the toilets in the property and looking at whether the water empties and fills with no trouble. It’s also good to check the various valves and pipes that are connected to the toilet for cracks or damage. Similarly, a quick and easy way to check water pressure is to turn the shower on and run your hand under it for five seconds – this way you can get a good indication of the pressure of water at what is meant to be its most powerful outlets.

Make sure the temperature functions are working

Checking the temperature functions of the taps on your sinks, baths and showers can help to see if the water heater in your property is working properly. If not, it’s worth taking a closer look or calling someone in for an inspection. Often, if the water heater is over ten years old it will need to be replaced, and a tell-tale sign of age is if the temperature takes a long time to rise, if at all.

Look out for dripping or leaking taps and pipes

Often a sign of low water pressure, rust or mould damage, you might not take much notice of a leaking tap on the off-chance you spot one. However, making note and enquiring about the root cause could help you in identifying damage that could become a bigger issue later down the line. It’s good to check all taps, especially how easily you are able to turn them on and off, and whether any drips or leaks are attributed to this.

Dripping Tap

Check the taps, drains and pipes surrounding the property

Are there any blocked drains or pipes that are attached to or near the property? Have you checked the exterior taps attached to the property? If you have any issues with blocked or faulty taps and drains, it may be worth flagging this up with an estate agent and seeing if any issues or blockages can be cleared prior to you moving in.

Know where the water mains stopcock is

This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s essential to know where a property’s water can be stopped. It is surprising how many people aren’t aware of where to find their water mains stopcock is, but in an emergency situation it can make all the difference. It is therefore crucial that everyone that lives in the property is aware of where to find it and how to use it.

Look for corrosion

Even by simply looking at a pipe or floor you can tell the extent of issues that damaged or dodgy plumbing may have caused. This is particularly important when you are checking your bathrooms or flooring near to a dishwasher or washing machine. Keep an eye out for any corners of carpet that are peeling, or water marked flooring that may be starting to chip away – this could be a sign of significant water damage, or a leak that is slowly spreading.

Contact Anglia Drain Doctor today

Often, the issues that we can’t clearly see within a property are the ones that pose the most risk. If you’re not sure where to look, or have identified an issue that you feel needs urgent attention, get in contact with the team at Anglia Drain Doctor today. We provide expert guidance and emergency plumbing and drainage services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to customers across East Anglia.