Home Improvement

Common plumbing problems in new homes

Buying a home is certainly a dream for a lot of people, and usually, if the house has just been constructed things can’t be better. With a newly constructed home, everything will be new and pristine and you won’t face any problem that an older house may have.

Well, that’s right unless you are talking about the plumbing system, in fact, when it comes to plumbing, especially bathroom plumbing, problems can arise unexpectedly and even a newly constructed home can hide some pretty big issues.

The most common plumbing problems you should look for.

These are the problems that most new homes face and that you should be particularly aware of, in fact, not spotting one of those issues can cost you a lot of money and time:

  • Pipes that are corroded
  • The pressure of the water that is really high or really low
  • Leaky pipes
  • Discolored floors, walls or ceilings due to water damage
  • Faulty water heater
  • Blocked drains
  • Clogged pipes

How to solve those major plumbing issues.

Don’t worry, if you discover some of those problems after you bought the house, you should immediately check the warranty agreement you received from the builder, this is a document that all constructors release and it basically state which are the problems that they will repair without charging you.

These guarantees are usually valid from a few months up to 2 years after the house has been built, and for each specific component, the time under warranty may vary a bit. Be sure to read thoroughly your warranty agreement to understand exactly which are the type of problems/damage covered and how they will fix them.

Once you have done that you can contact the builder, and if everything is fine, they will come and fix the problem. Usually, workmanship and materials are covered by the warranty so you won’t have to spend any money. This is really good when, for example, you have water heater problems since those are really expensive to fix and need quite a bit of time.

How to prevent any of these issues.

That being said, if you want to prevent these types of issues the best thing you can do is to have the entire house inspected by a professional and licensed home inspector. Obviously, hiring this type of professional figure will cost you money and may also slow the acquiring process but doing so you will definitely avoid worst problems in the future that may cost you more money and time.

If you don’t want to spend this type of money for a home inspector, you can always ask a local plumber to come with you to see the house, and if he has a bit of experience he may notice some problems right away and suggest how to solve them, or maybe, if they are really serious he may even suggest that you look for another house since those problems may be really expensive to fix.

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