Plumbing, Drain, Leaks, Maintenance Records, Pipes, Plumbing Inspection, Plumbing System, Water Damage, Water Heater, Water Line, Water Pressure, Water Stain

If you are currently in the process of searching for your next home, you’re likely already aware of how buying a house is a thrilling undertaking. It’s true that it can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. There are a lot of critical factors to consider and things to take into account before deciding on a home. But amidst the busyness of things, we want to remind you not to forget about one crucial element – the home’s plumbing system. While you are looking at homes, assessing each space and area for your family’s needs, be sure to keep an eye out for red flags in the plumbing system. You may be wondering how to do this, luckily, we’ve got you covered. Your Loveland Plumbing & Drain professionals have created a list of 5 warning signs (or red flags, as you might call them) that any homebuyer can pinpoint while touring potential homes. 

Red Flag Number 1: How Old is the Water Heater?   

Most house listings will contain info about the water heater and other units in the home. But in the case, a listing doesn’t mention the water heater, you can quickly inspect the unit yourself to estimate its age and condition. Suppose you notice excessive dust accumulation, signs of corrosion, or water puddles around the base of the unit. In that case, it may indicate poor maintenance or underlying problems with the water heater. Remember that water heaters typically last 8-12 years, so if you decide to move forward with a home that has an older water heater, you may need to plan for a replacement soon after your purchase. Though it shouldn’t be a deal breaker, it’s good to be aware so that you are not blindsided shortly after making your move if the water heater were to start acting up. 

Red Flag Number 2: Does the Water Pressure Function Well?   

During a house walk-through, it’s easy to overlook the importance of checking the water pressure. However, it’s crucial to test the faucet and showers for low water pressure. So, as you walk through the home, check the water pressure in the bathrooms and kitchen. While poor water pressure can be fixed, it can also turn out to be a costly repair. Thus, knowing the water pressure beforehand can prevent another unwelcome surprise. 

Red Flag Number 3: How Do the Drains & Water Lines Look?   

Next, you’ll want to focus on the drains and visible water lines. As you check the water pressure of the sinks and showers, take a quick look at the drains and see if there is any rust buildup. Though this is usually a rare issue, it’s not impossible; again, it can be costly to resolve. Additionally, you should inspect all the visible water lines, such as those under the sinks. Just perform a quick once-over underneath the sinks to check for indications of discoloration, and while the faucet is turned on, check for any dripping water. 

Red Flag Number 4: Are There Signs of Water Damage?   

Water damage is a real issue that should not be ignored, making it essential to know what to look for. Here are some useful tips on how to identify areas with water damage.  

  • Inspect the bases of the toilets in the house and look for any signs of pooling or puddles. If you notice any, it might indicate leakage in the toilet and water damage nearby. 
  • Previous leaks from a pipe or the roof may result in brown spotting on the ceiling, so be sure to look up and inspect the ceiling throughout the house.    
  • Be sure to check the basements and crawlspaces (when possible) for any water stains or signs of leaks as you continue your tour. 

Red Flag Number 5: What about the Home’s Plumbing History?   

Lastly, feel free to ask questions about the plumbing system of a home you’re considering moving into. It’s important to know its condition, so you should never feel like it is a bother to ask probing questions. Additionally, asking for the home’s plumbing maintenance and repair history is also a good idea. Having records could be helpful later on, and a lack of maintenance records over an extended period of time could be a red flag. On top of that, an excessive number of repairs to a particular area can be considered a cause for concern as well. 


To ensure your peace of mind before making a big commitment, you can request to have a plumbing inspection service completed on the home. Although it may seem unnecessary, our licensed local plumbers perform a detailed evaluation and inspection of all the plumbing equipment, pipes, and drainage systems. They will examine various important plumbing areas and ensure everything is functioning properly and meeting the required standards. This can give you the confidence you need to make a decision about whether or not this home is suitable for your family, or even provide you with a way “out.” On the plus side, it may also give you leverage in negotiations for a better deal. Keep in mind that for this to be completed, it usually has to be arranged by the homeowner.  

Hopefully, these points have provided some useful insights as you search for your dream home. We would like to emphasize that while these points are not necessarily deal breakers, they are merely things to be aware of so that you won’t be caught off guard after moving into your new home. 

If you need a reliable plumbing company to assist you with your plumbing needs, we are available to help you. Call Loveland Plumbing & Drain today at (513) 644-0556, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here