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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale: Plumbing Tips

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

Spring is nearly here, a time of the year when many homeowners are moving and selling their home.

Here is a list of plumbing items in your home to address before you put your home on the market.

Check Your Water Heater. If it is 10 years or older, it may need to be replaced. A broken or inefficient water heater is a red flag for many people looking to buy homes. Replacing the heater is an expense, but it can also provide buyers with more confidence.

Make Sure Your Faucets aren’t Leaking. If there is a leak it typically will be inexpensive to repair. While most leaks are pretty obvious, others can be hidden. It’s important to check your home for any water leaks. Spots on walls, under cabinets, or on ceilings will be a sign.

Check Your Pipes. Have you ever noticed a brown, yellow or red hue in your water? It may mean that the pipe is rusted. Replacing rusted pipes can cost quite a bit but it is very worthwhile when selling your home. Another pipe problem is galvanized piping which can deteriorate over time and create pinhole leaks. You can discuss a proactive approach to updating pipes with your plumber.

Mold and Water Damage. Water damage and mold are something a home inspector will not ignore. Mold can lead to many health issues including headaches, respiratory trouble and more. Making sure any water damage issues are properly addressed is important. Small black areas around older tubs and on drywall can be an indication of a problem.

Upgrade Your Plumbing Fixtures. Upgraded sinks, faucets, and toilets can raise the value of your home, make your home showing more attractive and attract more buyers.

Check for Draining Issues in Showers and Baths. The best ways to tell if you have any drainage issues are to check if there is standing water, foul odors, or simply long drain times. Drain issues can be resolved with a snake down the drain, but in some cases, it may be a bigger problem. Products we have for drain issues are snaking, hydro-jetting, and our Total-C enzymatic drain cleaner which reduces build-up, sludge and foul odors.

Main Sewer Line. Main sewer line backups can cause all sorts of trouble very quickly for homeowners. Most of the time it can occur at inconvenient times, like when visitors are coming. A proactive approach to dealing with the main sewer is to call your plumber and have them put a camera down the line and then talk with you about the condition of the line. While there is a cost to doing camera work, it is a fraction of the cost of replacing sewer pipe and can help to head off some of the unwanted timing of sewer line issues. Whether selling the home or having newly purchased a home, this is one service that will bring peace of mind.

Contact Red & Blue Services if you have any concerns about the plumbing in your home. We are happy to assist you in getting your home ready for sale.

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Craig Webb

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