5 Plumbing Things to Check Before Purchasing a House

Nothing beats the feeling of moving into your dream home but there are things that can sure dampen the experience. Your emergency plumbing sydney could be one of those! Here are 5 plumbing things you should check before purchasing a new house:

Sewer and Drain Line

Getting a professional to take a look at the sewer line for damage, leaks or blockages can pay off in the long run. Peeking down the drain to look and smell for blockages can let you know if professional help is required.

Water Heater

Most hot water systems last around 10 years. Ask when yours was installed and if it has caused any issues or been fixed over the years. You should be able to get an idea of its condition by looking at it. If it’s rusty and worn down, you might need a new one! Be sure to check for leaks as they can be a nuisance later. If possible, consider a tankless water heater; you’ll save space, use up less energy and heat up your water quicker.

Taps and Water Pressure

Checking all the taps individually can sound tiresome but it’s something that you’ll thank yourself for going through later. Check them for rust and if they work as smooth as they should. Old taps gather dust, rust and often lose their metal bearings due to frequent use. Make sure the water pressure is up to standard in all the taps and the shower. If the pressure is too low or too high, you made need new pipes to remedy the problem. A new shower model could be installed for improved pressure.


Problems mostly occur with toilets due to their frequent use. Check for leaks at the base, which can lead to significant damage. Be sure not to seal any leaks as that will make the problem worse. Check if the toilet is firmly set in its place, discolored at the base or warped. Be sure to flush each toilet to make sure there are no clogs and the flush handle to ensure proper working.

Visible Water Damage

One of the most infuriating symptoms of water damage later on can come from malfunctioning appliances such as dishwashers, toasters and power sockets. Pooling water is a form of water accumulation that can be easy to find if done in time, typically the result of a leaking roof or faulty water pipes. Discoloration or chipping of the walls may suggest a leak that might cause further damage in the future. Be sure to look for leaks in the walls, on the floors, around the sink, basically anywhere you think you might find a leak.