When you search for a new home, you are very likely to look at many old houses within your price range. If you have finally settled on and purchased a home, you may unfortuntealy discover many unusual problems with your home after you have moved in, including problems with the drains and the plumbing. Here are some signs that your "new" house may have a major plumbing issue.
Flies and More Flies
When a house sits idle on the market for a very long time and it is devoid of human life the entire time, you may suddenly discover that the residents in the house during this period were all flies. Sewer flies and drain flies to be exact. Drain flies are also known as "fruit flies" because they are drawn to rotting and decaying things, which can be residual stuff left behind by the previous human occupants. Sewer flies are big flies that resemble house flies, except that they are drawn by the stink of sewer gases and bad plumbing. If you find that you have tons of microscopic flies moving about, or that you have big flies crowding your space and apparently emanating from a drain or base of a toilet, you have a sewer, plumbing and/or drain problem.
Every Time You Flush, You Get Raw Sewage Back-Up
Actually, it does not even have to be every time, but if you find that you have raw sewage backing up into your basement several times a week, that is definitely a sign of a plumbing/sewage problem. In houses that have sat idle for months, even years, there is no one there to flush the toilets and drains regularly. There is not a single person to do maintenance on the plumbing or perform drain cleanings either. These issues can also signal problems with tree roots that have grown into the pipes underground and choke off the flow. As such, stuff gets trapped in the lines and builds up a blockage only a plumber can remove.
You Take a Shower and a Bath at the Same Time
When you take a shower the first time in your new home, and the shower suddenly turns into a tub full of water around your knees, that is another sign of plumbing issues. The drain in the shower/tub is exceptionally slow to drain, meaning that you have a blockage or that something in the plumbing line disallows the continuous flow of water down the drain. Since nobody wants to take a bath and a shower at the same time, you should probably get a plumber to come take a look at the drains and plumbing in your new home.
Talk with a professional plumber to find out more about these problems and what you can do to fix them.