Homebuyer’s Plumbing Checklist

If you’re currently in the process of looking to buy a new home, here are a few things to check and talk to your realtor about.

Flush the Toilets

As you walk through the house, be sure to give every toilet a flush. This will allow you to see if any toilets have a weak flush, runs too long, has a gurgling noise, etc….

Water Pipe Size

Ask your realtor about the water pipe size. To ensure you’re not stuck with low water pressure, be sure that the pipes are a minimum of 3/4 inches from the water source to the home, and a minimum of 1/2 inches to faucets.

Water Pressure

You’ve asked about the pipe sizes, but you should still go around and turn on all of the faucets. You’ll get the best gauge of water pressure by turning on each of the showers and faucets and seeing for yourself.

Water Heater

Ask your realtor where your water heater is. You can then check for rust and ask when was the last time it was replaced and professionally serviced. Tank style water heaters usually last about 10 years and tankless water heaters last about 20 years. This will give you a good idea about how soon you’d be needing to replace your water heater after buying the house.

Basements & Crawlspace

Basements and crawl spaces are often overlooked during a house tour. Make sure that you look, or hire a Hukill’s professional to inspect these areas for possible water damage or leaky pipes.

Lead Piping

According to the CDC, one in every six child has an above average amount of lead in their blood. Unless you’re willing to replace all the piping in your new home, stay away from these types of homes.


Determine whether the sewage goes to the city sewer system or a septic tank. If the house does have a septic tank, request information about when the tank was last serviced and emptied.

Call Hukill’s Inc.

As always, call Hukill’s Inc if you’re unsure what to look for or what questions to ask when searching for your new home.


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