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Plumbing Questions You Should Ask When Buying a New Home

Buying a property is an exciting time for many people, from first-home buyers to investment property moguls alike. Getting swept up in the process is easy though, with many buyers foregoing crucial details, like plumbing checks.

Any plumbing maintenance after signing the contract, just like the home, is now your responsibility to take care of. Oh no!

So, what plumbing questions should you ask before buying a new home?

Read more from Fremantle Plumbing to find out.

How old is the plumbing system? What type of plumbing is used?

Despite many new housing developments across Perth, there still exists many beautiful character homes and 20th century properties up for sale.

Depending on the age of the property, the plumbing system may need to be completely replaced.

Although the current owner isn’t obliged to undertake this task, this may assist you with negotiating the sale price.

The best thing to do is confirm when the plumbing was installed, and what pipes were used.

A plumber Fremantle specialist will ensure a modern plumbing system to suit a modern lifestyle. However, it doesn’t hurt to ask these questions of the real estate agent before property purchase.

When was the hot water system installed?

Hot water is one of the creature comforts of home and something to definitely checked before buying a property.

Most hot water systems last around 10 years before they need replacing. Be sure to ask when the hot water system was installed, so you can keep track on when it needs to be replaced.

  • Excessively high utility bills,
  • Insufficient water heating,
  • Cloudy water,
  • Reduced water pressure, and
  • A leaking tank,

There are all indicative signs a water system needs to be repaired or replaced before its expiry date.

A Fremantle plumber is who to call to get your lovely hot water working again.

How are the toilets and taps?

It’s all well and good for a toilet to flush, but there’s other things to check for, such as:

  • Leaks,
  • Water discolouration, and
  • Warping at the base of the toilet.

Prior to handover, the owner must organise any water leak repairs.

A home contains many taps – from the bathroom and laundry to the kitchen and outdoor areas. Test all the taps by switching them on and check for noises, water discolouration and water pressure.

A plumbing inspection by an independent Fremantle plumber will ensure you’re not flushing your money down the toilet, figuratively of course.

Is there any water damage?

Water leaks in the plumbing likely leads to water damage in the home.

Rather than just checking the ‘wet’ areas (bathroom, kitchen and toilet), the walls and ceilings are a must to check, too.

Even though owners need to ensure the property is in top working owner prior to settlement, it’s vital to not go into the purchase unaware of the current or future plumbing situation.

The Perth plumber for you

For peace of mind in your property purchase, conduct your own assessment with a Perth plumber and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.


  • We know what to look for, and
  • We will search for and identify any warning signs of a future plumbing problem.

Contact a licenced, local plumber in Perth to conduct a thorough inspection of your home.

Need plumbing checks for your new home?

Contact Fremantle Plumbing today for a local plumbing team ready to provide plumbing installation, maintenance and inspections for your new home.

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