Fix these common plumbing problems before inspection

Fix these common plumbing problems before inspection

Those trying to sell their homes can easily dig up all sorts of advice about boosting home value and getting a home sold quickly. Adding fresh coats of paint, removing clutter, upgrading to stainless-steel appliances and beautifying landscaping are just a few common suggestions to give a home that extra “oomph.”

But on top of these cosmetic improvements, it’s also important to make sure the things that are out of sight and out of mind, which are often overlooked, are working properly so as to avoid a ping on your home inspection or a potentially deal-breaking fallout during negotiations with a buyer. One of these “hidden” areas of your home is the yards and yards of plumbing running through your walls and foundation.

So be sure you aren't wasting time with inspection by making certain these common plumbing problems are repaired before the inspector or an unforgiving homebuyer visits:

1. Weak Water Pressure: You may have gotten used to showering under a dribbly stream, but weak water pressure can be more than just an inconvenience: It can be a sign of more extensive problems-- which can be diagnosed by a plumber -- and should be checked out promptly.

2. Water Leaks: It’s been said that no other “little problem” in your home can cause damage faster than a water leak. Not only will leaks rocket your water bill sky high, but leaks can also leave you with serious water damage, voided warranties on household items and more.

3. Running Toilets: Not only are running toilets annoying and noisy, but they waste a lot of water. Typically, repairing a running toilet isn’t too difficult and can be done quickly and inexpensively.

4. Clogged Drains: Clogged drains can be messy, inconvenient and many cannot be cleared with a simple bottle of cleanser from your local hardware store. This is one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face, especially around the holidays. One Houston plumber told the Houston Chronicle that the busiest day of the year for plumbers is the day after Thanksgiving.

See more information about what buyers will be on alert for when buying a home with this Plumbing Checklist for Homebuyers infographic.

Small repairs, like fixing dripping faucets or replacing fixtures, can be a quick weekend project for the DIY readers. However, larger problems -- or half-hearted fixes like duct tape on a leaky pipe -- will be caught by a home inspector, so if you need, you may need to hire a professional plumber.

Other common plumbing problems to be mindful of are those that come along with extreme weather conditions -- for example, the current drought conditions in Austin can cause cracked pipes due to the dry and rigid soil. An Austin plumber will be able to tell you what damage, if any, has been done before you list your house.

So when it comes time to sell your home, don't forget about what you don't see, like leaky pipes or weak water pressure. Inspectors and potential buyers will be paying attention to the hidden things, so you should too.

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