3 Hidden Plumbing Defects That May Be Lurking In Your Newly Purchased Home

Have you recently purchased a new home? Did the inspection report say that there were no issues with your new purchase? Unfortunately, having a home inspection before signing the mortgage and purchase papers does not guarantee that there is nothing wrong with the house. Unless you hired a general contractor to do a more thorough inspection, the appraiser is typically only looking for obvious defects and code violations. There are many things that he or she may have missed and that can only be revealed by someone with more knowledge or equipment. Plumbing is an oft-overlooked area that can result in serious issues down the line if not caught in time. Some things that you should have a plumber check for as soon as possible include:

Plant roots in sewer line: Although pretty, trees can be extremely destructive entities. The smallest hairline crack in your home's sewer line can result in tree roots growing into the sewer line and causing a clog. Eventually, simply removing the roots won't be enough to solve the issue. You'll need to pay for the line to be dug up so that a sewer repair can be performed. The sooner you catch the issue, the less of your yard will need to be dug up so that the pipes can be replaced.

Collapsed sewer line: Modern sewer lines are typically made from PVC pipes, but this hasn't always been the case. Historically, other materials such as iron, clay, and even a cardboard-like material called Orangburg pipe. As you might expect, no matter what the pipes were made from, none of them will last forever. Even PVC pipes will eventually start to break down and decay, sometimes with little to no warning that a sewer repair is going to be needed. Having your plumber inspect the line on an annual or semi-annual basis will give you a better idea as to the line's condition and if you're going to need to replace it in the near future.

Improper fixture addition: If you're suffering from low water pressure, the cause may be a previous DIY project by one of the home's former owners. When adding an extra bathroom, simply adding plumbing to these additional fixtures may not be the correct way to do things. Without the training that a plumber receives, it's easy to inadvertently create a serious drop in water pressure or to damage the septic line to a degree that it requires a professional sewer repair to function correctly. Fortunately, a professional plumber, such as from Brad's Plumbing, should be able to fix these issues so that they don't cause bigger problems in the future.

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