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Buying a new property can be daunting. When you are looking to buy a property, it is important that you know exactly what you are purchasing.

Buying a home may be the biggest decision you make, and it is not something you want to dive into without ensuring you are 100% certain of the condition it is in.

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It is important that you make sure you know exactly what you are being left with and perform a pre purchase building inspection.

Doing your research can prevent costly surprises and unnecessary expenses down the track. Imagine getting ready to move into your new home only to find out there are major plumbing issues.

Having a plumbing inspection carried out in and around your property is a great way to ensure your new house is in the best condition.

There are plenty of common plumbing problems that happen in Sydney, and Australia wide. Most can easily be checked by an untrained eye, but some require expert plumbing knowledge.

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There are multiple areas of your plumbing system that you should take a look at and preferably by a professional plumber.

A licenced plumbing team will know exactly what to look for when they are carrying out their inspection. With older homes, the plumbing may be failing and have significant damage or need an upgrade.

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1. Sewer Line and drains

In older properties that have been built years ago, tree roots have a higher risk to grow inside the pipework. And over time, pipes can begin to crack and be damaged due to rust or poor installation or change in water pressure.

One way to determine if you have a drainage issue is a sink that is backing up or gurgling. You may even notice a pool of water in your yard. Having your pipes inspected will let you know their condition. Your plumber can use a high definition CCTV camera down the pipeline to bring up any cracks or tree root infestation.

2. Water Heater

Whatever brand or model of the hot water system at the property, they can run into issues. Some problems your water heater can experience are water leaks, rusty water, or low water pressure and temperature. On average, hot water heaters have a lifespan of 10 years. If the tank is older than that, it may be time for an upgrade.

All water heaters have various capacities and it is best to have one that is suited for your needs and lifestyle. A visual inspection could identify faultily installation and condition of piping and valves.

3. Fixtures (taps, shower, toilets)

Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms on your property. It should be fully functional and assist with washing and waste removal. Sink and shower taps need to be used easily and be free from leaks and drips. Your toilet could have issues with the flush mechanism or you may notice slow draining water or running water inside the toilet bowl.

Inspect your washroom for leaks coming from fixtures or water damage on your cabinets and other surfaces. Or if you could have a blocked sink.

4. Water Meter

A water meter that is still ticking even when taps are not being used, is a sign of a leak. If you don't fix this, it could mean hundreds of dollars being accumulated in water bills and could be bad news for the environment. The leak could be concealed and need to be inspected by a professional leak detection company.

Checking the water pressure is a good idea also as low water pressure is an indication of faulty water pipes and valves.

5. Pipes

Underground pipes can get old and rusted or begin to crack and split if there are tree roots growing inside them. Or you could find that your pipes are moving and making a hammering sound inside the walls. Take a look at your walls, can you see watermarks and mould?

Pipes are very important to the plumbing in your new home. When they are compromised, it may mean further issues in the future such as flooding. Have a professional plumber check the condition of your pipework. In some cases, you may be able to repair them but in more extreme damage, pipe replacement will be the better option.

Your plumbing system is an integral part of your property and you need to make sure things like drains, toilets, showers, sewer lines and water heaters are working in the best condition.

A licenced plumber in Sydney will be able to carry out the necessary inspection and report back their findings so you can fix any plumbing problems fast.

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