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Have you been looking for a house to call your own? If you are in the market to buy a house, congratulations! Whether you are a first-time or a seasoned one, this is always a fun milestone to celebrate. However, we know there are many crucial factors and certain steps to take during the search process. But while you continue your house-hunting endeavors, we want to remind you that it is important to pay close attention to the plumbing system of each potential home. Being aware of what plumbing problems to watch out for makes all the difference in finding the home that fits your family’s needs. Fortunately, your team here at Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain has put together a list of five red flags that every homebuyer should be aware of whilst touring potential homes. 

Red Flag Number 1: Is the Age of the Water Heater a Red Flag?   

Usually, house listings will have information about the water heater in the home, but in case the listing doesn’t offer this information, you can quickly assess the age and condition of the water heater during your tour. Although it will only give you a very rough idea, recognizing signs of excessive dust buildup, corrosion, or puddles around the unit’s base can indicate the water heater’s age or the maintenance it has received throughout the years. Water heaters typically last 8-12 years with the appropriate care. Therefore, depending on the age of the water heater, if you decide to pursue a home with an older water heater, you should mentally prepare for a replacement in the near future. 

Red Flag Number 2: Is Low Water Pressure a Red Flag? 

Low water pressure is another important thing you want to remain watchful for, as poor water pressure can be inconvenient and pricey to fix. So, it would be a good idea to check the faucets and showers during your walk-through by turning on the water and letting it run for a few minutes before moving on to the next space. 

Red Flag Number 3: Are Damaged Drains & Water Lines a Red Flag? 

Thirdly, try to focus on the drains and visible water lines while you’re examining the water pressure.  When you’re checking the water pressure of a sink or shower, just take a quick look at each drain to see if there’s any corrosion building up. It’s rare to find, but it could also lead to headaches and can be another problem that will dig into your wallet. Additionally, it’s crucial to inspect all visible water lines, like those located under the kitchen or bathroom sinks. Be on the lookout for leaks or signs of discoloration, and while the faucet is running, check for dripping water. 

Red Flag Number 4: Is Water Damage a Red Flag?   

Water damage is a real issue that you should be aware of beforehand. So, you’ll also want to be mindful and keep these tips in mind: 

  • Inspect the bases of all toilets in the house for any signs of pooling or puddles, which may indicate a leak. If you find any, look around the area for signs of water damage. 
  • Be sure to look up and inspect the ceilings throughout the house for brown spots or water stains, as they may be a result of past leaks from a pipe or the roof. 
  • As you continue your tour, don’t forget to check the basement and crawlspaces if you c and for water stains or any indications of a leak. They are often forgotten due to their location but are still just as important. Water damage can sneak up on you and turn into a much larger problem. 

Red Flag Number 5: Are Excessive Repairs and No Maintenance Records a Red Flag?   

Last of all, don’t hesitate to ask any questions about the plumbing system of a home you may be interested in buying. Moreover, if you are actively pursuing the home and have made an offer on it, requesting the home’s plumbing history, including maintenance and repair records, is another tip we suggest. A lack of maintenance records could be a cause for concern, as annual maintenance is highly recommended. Plus, an excessive number of repairs to one specific plumbing area could also be a red flag that is questionable and should raise concern. 


Peace of mind is necessary when making a huge commitment, like buying a house. Because of this, we proudly provide a plumbing inspection service that you can request as a part of the terms if you decide to move forward with the purchase. Our highly-trained plumbers will thoroughly evaluate and inspect the plumbing equipment, pipes, and drainage systems of the home. They will also thoroughly examine various important plumbing sections and equipment to make sure they are functioning properly. This detailed inspection can help you gain the additional confidence necessary to determine if the house is suitable for your family or if it’s something you should move on from. Keep in mind that this appointment generally needs to be arranged by the homeowner or their realtor. 

We hope this information has been useful in your search for your perfect home. Call Upper Arlington Plumbing & Drain for all your plumbing needs today at (614) 363-1924, or schedule an appointment by clicking here!