Pipes, toilets, and other plumbing essentials are not always on a person's mind when they are searching for a townhome. They set out in search of beauty and elegance while assuming that the things beneath the surface are good to go. However, a variety of different things can fail after a person moves in that will leave them wanting to rip out their hair. A warped flapper inside the commode will cause the water bill to grow enormously in a short amount of time. This device seals the liquid inside the tank and is necessary for the toilet to flush properly. Remove the tank lid, but be extremely careful because it is likely heavy, and if it gets broken, the pieces will be very sharp. Many times, by just looking at the flapper a person can discover a problem, and on other occasions, they may need to run their finger along the piece of equipment. If it is rubber and not vinyl material, the discoloration will come off on your hand. Don't be afraid to get a little dirty and inspect the plumbing in the townhome to save yourself money and headaches in the long run.
Look underneath the sink cabinets too. Stains on the bottom or running down the wall could indicate a present or past issue. However, aside from leaks, the pipes protruding through the drywall can cause people a lot of grief. Holes, cracks, and crevices should be sealed off properly to prevent bugs from coming inside the townhome. In many cases, plumbers use escutcheons to cover the area around the pipe, but nothing is done to close off the location properly. While this aspect may seem minor, you may find yourself in need of an exterminator after moving into the home. Avoid these incidents by just taking a little time to inspect the property.
Depending on the age of the townhome, it might even be worthwhile to find out what type of piping is running throughout the building. Galvanized materials were often used when building older structures. It holds up for a period but is also notorious for becoming clogged with rust. Once blockages occur, it can be nearly impossible to get the water flowing again without repiping. If a pinhole starts spraying in one location, it is highly likely that soon afterward another leak will form. This type of material tends to make the water rust-colored after a period too. Protect your investment by having a reputable plumber inspect the townhome, and look over the items for yourself as well.
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