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Buying a Home? You Should Get a Plumbing Inspection.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Buying a new home can be a stressful experience, and one worry is that you will find your Kansas City dream home only to discover that there is some structural or other problem which would cost thousands of dollars to fix.

Spotting those problems before you close on the property is a good idea. That means you need to get a plumbing inspection. Basic home inspection will cover only basic plumbing problems, and getting a plumber in to do a more detailed look before you sign is a good idea. Most people tend to wait until after they have bought the home and are on the hook for any problems found.

During a regular home inspection, the home inspector will generally make sure all plumbing fixtures work and check them for obvious leaks. They will also look at things like the garbage disposal and sump pump. However, this inspection is a bare minimum and can miss some real problems.

If the home inspector flags anything with your plumbing, you should go ahead and get a plumber to take a look, especially as they can also give you a quote on repairs. This will allow you to decide whether to move on with the purchase or whether the problem is a deal killer. You may also be able to get the seller to pay for the repair, especially if you are in a buyer’s market.
For a full plumbing inspection, the plumber will do the following:

  1. Check the water heater, including its age. They can also evaluate whether the water heater is big enough for the needs of the home, which can result in a chilly problem if not corrected. If the water heater is more than 9 or 10 years old, expect to have to replace it. They will check the heater’s venting, temperature, and pressure, and ensure the gas line is correctly installed. Problems with the water heater can be hugely dangerous.
  2. Visually inspect all of your plumbing and check the shutoff supplies. They will check for toilet leaks. Leaks at the bottom of toilets are a problem that is common and not always fixed immediately. The home inspector will also do this, but they generally do not do as thorough a job as an actual plumber.
  3. Check that your water pressure is normal. Water pressure should be between 55 and 60 psi. Be aware that this is affected by local conditions. Water pressure lower than 50 psi causes problems for showers and laundry. Over 65 is worse, as it can cause damage to your fixtures.
  4. Use a diagnostic camera to inspect the pipes under the home. This may be an extra cost, but is often worth it. Make sure they check the main sewer line, where deterioration or clogs can cause serious issues if raw sewage backs up into your home.
  5. Check for poorly-done DIY repairs that may need to be redone or may be causing more damage. For example, sometimes people will caulk a toilet leak badly and cause pooling of water that damages the floor underneath.

This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about repairs that may be needed. Of course a plumber is not there to tell you whether to buy the house or not, just to help you determine whether the problems are something you can deal with.

If you are buying a new home in Kansas City and want to get the plumbing inspected, ideally before you close, contact Lutz Plumbing to get a quote today.

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Should You Be Filtering Your Tap Water?

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Great tasting water straight from the tap is what we all want when we reach for a glass. The water used for cooking and drinking should be sparkling, fresh, and just great tasting. How can you achieve this? With the wide selection of water filtration systems available and the experts at Lutz Plumbing, it is much easier than you may think.


Why Filter Water?

Water quality varies from one local utility to another, so you want to make sure you select a filter that catches the contaminants in your area. You can order a report from your local utility to find out what contaminants are common in your water.

Filtering water is especially important if you are pregnant, older, or if someone in the home has a suppressed immune system. Bottled water is an option, but bottled water is not as strictly monitored as municipal water, and environmental groups discourage its use because of all the plastic waste generated. Not only that, but it is also much less cost-effective.

Using fresh filtered water also has health benefits, with the reduction in bacterial contamination and chlorine. Some water filters also provide an even more comprehensive range of contaminant removal, producing healthier water for cooking, drinking, and with some filters, bathing.

Types of Water Filters

Water filters are designed to remove specific contaminants, so check the packaging to make sure the filter you purchase meets NFS certification for substances of concern in your water. Also, check for NSF certification for the removal of lead and organic contaminants.

Calculate how much water your family uses and consumes. Factor in cooking water and your budget and you’ll get an idea of which type of water filter would work best in your home. Below is a list of the types of water filters that will introduce fresh, sweet tasting, water into your home.

Carafes work well for individuals or couples who don’t use as much water as larger families. Most of these do an excellent job of removing lead and chloroform

Faucet mounted water filters can switch between filtered and unfiltered water, but their water flow can be slow, and they don’t fit on all faucet types. (like a pull-out sprayer)

Countertop water filters sit on the counter and allow you to filter large amounts of water without altering your plumbing. They can take up a lot of space on your counter and they also don’t fit on all faucets.

Under Sink water filters take up space under the sink, but are able to filter large amounts of water. They filter all the water from your tap while remaining out of sight.

Reverse Osmosis water filters remove a wide range of contaminants from the water using a semi-permeable membrane and filters.

Whole house water filtration systems are the most comprehensive option for filtering water entering your home. They are considered point- of-entry filters because they are installed where water first enters your home and they filter all your water, both hot and cold.

Kansas City Water Concerns

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), Kansas City area water is polluted by industry contaminants, agricultural products, general runoff, and other naturally occurring pollutants. Lutz Plumbing recommends a whole house water filtration system for the most comprehensive contamination removal, allowing your family to enjoy healthful, clean water for bathing, cooking, and most importantly, drinking!

With the help of professionals at Lutz Plumbing, you will be enjoying healthful, sweet-smelling water in your home in no time at all. Contact us to get your water tested and find out what is in your water. We will work with you to find the best water filtration system that suits your specific needs.


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