There’s nothing quite like the thrill of buying a new home. Whether you are a young couple purchasing your first home, a single person moving out for the first time, or a seasoned pro buying a new home in a new location, there’s an awful lot on your mind.

It might not be the first thing you think of, but the plumbing system in the house is just as important as the other aspects of it, and if it isn’t up to par, it could cost you a lot of money down the line. Here’s our new home buyer’s checklist for plumbing. Make sure it’s all in order before signing on the dotted line.

Ask about lead pipes

Home plumbing is no longer made with lead, but if your home was built in the mid-1980s or before, then lead could be a concern. Not only could there be some health problems that arise from it in young children, it is also an environmental problem. Ask about them before buying.

The water shutoff valve

In case of emergency, you’ll want to know where the shutoff valve is. If there is ever a burst pipe or major leak, shutting off the water supply will save your home from further damage. The valve could be in several different places. Check the garage, the water heater, the side of the home, or the crawl spaces.

Inspect the hot water heater

The hot water heater helps make life in your home livable. Ever try to take a cold shower every day? The one in your home should be of special concern. Check the age, the size, and the outer status of the machine. They don’t normally last more than 20 years, and signs of rust should be a warning.

Pipe wrapping

Frozen pipes are a big problem in Calgary, and every time winter rolls around we get plenty of calls from people with no water flow. See if the pipes on your new home are wrapped up. If not, it’s something you should look into.

This new home buyer’s checklist should help prepare you for inspecting the plumbing in your new home before you sign. ClearView Plumbing wants you to know that if you don’t get a plumbing inspection, you could be in for some unwanted surprises later on.

Written by Kyle Lumsden

Kyle Lumsden