Plumbing Inspection Tips for Homebuyers

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Buying a home is exciting but somewhat scary, especially for first-time homebuyers. To ensure everything goes smoothly, don’t skip the plumbing inspection. Remember to look out for common plumbing problems that are often encountered when purchasing a home. The following tips are provided to help you avoid plumbing nightmares and money pits and to help make sure that this exciting milestone is an enjoyable experience for you and your family.

Common Plumbing Problems to Look Out For

Once you’ve found the perfect home, inspect it for the following plumbing issues before signing the contract:

  • Household leaks: Check the water meter before and after a 2-hour period of no water use. Did the meter change? If so, there’s a leak. Also check all faucets, showerheads, and toilets to make sure everything is running and flushing well and there are no drips.
  • Water stains: When checking for leaks, also beware of stains on the floor or ceiling. These are signs of internal pipe leaks, which can be very damaging and may invite mold and termites into the home.
  • Corroded pipes: Visually inspect exposed pipes throughout the house for any signs of damage or corrosion, especially in the basement.
  • Lead pipes: Common in homes built in the 1950s or earlier, lead pipes can cause serious health problems and may need to be completely ripped out and replaced with all-new piping.
  • Galvanized steel pipes: These are also common in older homes and should probably be replaced, especially if they’re connected to copper pipes because this causes galvanic corrosion.
  • Water heaters: We recommend replacing water heaters that are over 10-15 years old or are not functioning properly.
  • Septic tanks: If the home has a septic tank, beware of seepage or smelly odors around the tank. Costly repairs may be required.
  • Lateral waste line: One of the biggest and most expensive problems you might come across are damaged lateral waste lines. This will be covered in detail in our next post.

Professional Plumbing Inspection

Don’t skip this step! For the sake of your family’s health and safety, make sure your new home meets all the proper plumbing codes and standards. Contact us to determine pricing and availability for your upcoming new home plumbing inspection. To request an inspection from the City of St. Louis, click here.

If you have questions about plumbing inspections or repairs, give us a call at tel:(314) 501-9950 or email We’re here to make your home-buying experience go as smoothly as possible—at least when it comes to plumbing.