Spring time is finally here in Ottawa and this is a great time to buy a new single family, townhouse or condo.
Whether you are looking in Kanata or Barrhaven, Nepean or Orleans, John the Plumber has you covered. Our plumbers can fix virtually anything related to your plumbing in your home, and we can do inspections on homes that need it. Why would you have a licensed plumber come in to do an inspection before you buy your home? Here are a few good reasons, especially in older neighbourhoods.
Back in the day, cast iron was used to run waste water from your home – Ottawa has thousands of homes with cast iron pipes, and they can be riddled with issues. Counter slopes, cracks and breaks from age and earth, tree roots and gravel can grow right through and compromise the pipes as well. Remediation of old cast iron is very costly, and it is not a problem that will go away on its own, no matter how careful you are with what goes down the drain. A camera inspection, or CCTV, can tell you if the cast iron sewer line is sound or not, and this can be a deal breaker on buying a new home.
Is the home you are looking at have poly B pipes? Though not necessarily a deal breaker, a licensed plumber can give you his or her professional opinion on these and advise you if you are interested in changing them. Many homes have poly B pipes in Ottawa, and though this does not need to discourage you from purchasing the home of your dreams, you should be aware of what issues can arise and confirm that your insurance covers any water damage, to be on the safe side.
Water that has been off to a home that has been vacant for an extended period of time should be looked at by a licensed plumber. The water should be turned on and the home checked all over for leaks, possible burst pipes. Under the sink, in the crawl space and outside your home too, you will want peace of mind that you’re not going to come home to any flooding. Does the home was weeping tile, sewage pits or a sump pump? These can all be inspected as well.
The hot water tank can also be a source of many issues; even on a rental plan, a faulty mixing valve replacement is generally not covered and hot water tanks are costly to replace.There should be no evidence of old water leaks that were not taken care of as they can breed mold and be detrimental to your health.
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