Should home-buyers have a professional plumbing inspection done?
Yes. If you're interested in buying a new home or property, it's smart to hire a contractor or a plumbing service to not only tell you if the building's foundation is sound, but also if the pipes are in good working order.
How can plumbing problems be mitigated?
Don't use your toilet or kitchen sink like a trash can by stuffing hard to flush material down the drain or pouring fats and oils down the pipe.
Throw coffee grounds and eggshells in the garbage instead of in your sink.
Only use your toilet to flush human waste and toilet paper
Is a plumber required to be licensed?
Some states do not require plumbers to be licensed, but for the safety of your house, it is important to have a licensed plumber to do the needed work. A licensed plumber means the person completed the necessary education or training required to work as a professional tradesperson. Hiring a licensed plumbing service means the people working on your building are knowledgeable about water and gas pipes.
What is the best way to find a new plumber?
Even with a referral it is best to hire a plumber to do a simple, everyday maintenance task for you first so you can judge his or her work. If you're happy with it, save their contact information so you'll have them on hand in case you need an emergency repair.
What causes discolored water?
Water discoloration is likely due to old iron pipes, or recent use of a hydrant or water main that disturbed the usual flow of water. Keep your water running for a minute or so and it should run clear after a while.