A standard home inspector’s job is to find the problems with your home that you would never know existed. This includes plumbing issues like:
- Water heater issues
- Piping issues
- Appliance problems
But because they don’t specialize in plumbing and what they look for is limited by their licenses, oftentimes a home inspector misses things. That’s why it can be smart to spend a little bit of extra money and time on a plumbing inspection by a licensed plumber. This combined with a home inspection can give you the peace of mind that the house you’re about to purchase is a sound investment—or not.
Here are several plumbing questions to add to your home inspection checklist, plus the items that your plumber should point out to you.
To Find Hidden Water Leaks, Ask…
- Do you notice soft or warped flooring around toilets?
- Are any pipes discolored?
- Do you see rust or corrosion?
- Do you see water stains on the walls or ceilings?
If he or she notices any of these, consider getting a plumbing inspection to get to the root of the problem.
For a Hot-Water-Heater Checkup, Ask…
The inspector to tell you the energy source and capacity of the unit and to check the water heater for signs of the following:
- Leaks on the unit
- Rust on the top of the unit
For a more detailed inspection of the unit(s), call a licensed plumber for a plumbing inspection.
To Ensure Your Home’s Pipes Are Intact and Functional, Ask…
- Do all sink plungers work correctly?
- Are the drains you can see both connected and holding?
- Do vents appear to be connected properly?
- Is the static test pressure reading under 80 PSI?
- Can you confirm that there is no loss of pressure when you perform the static test on the water line?
If your home inspection indicates there may be a problem with the water lines or drain lines, call a plumber for a plumbing inspection before buying the home. It could indicate costly pipe repairs need to be done.
To Discover Appliance Problems, Ask…
The inspector to check multiple appliances in the home, including:
- Ranges, cooktops, ovens
If you’d like any of these items replaced after you purchase your home, your local plumber can take care of that!
Things a Plumber Can Inspect That a Home Inspector Typically Won’t
Issues with Water and Sewer Lines
Skipping a sewer line inspection can result in major repairs down the line. Your plumbing inspection should include both:
- A hydrostatic test of the water and sewer lines, and
- A sewer camera inspection to ensure the home’s plumbing lines are not:
- Shifted out of place
- Damaged by tree roots
Hot Water Heater Problems
A licensed technician, like those at C&W Plumbing, can let you know more than a home inspector when it comes to the water heater by looking at items such as:
- Water pressure on the system
- Whether the unit is big enough to meet your family’s needs
- What can be done to prevent damage to the home when the unit becomes old and leaks
- The age of the unit
A C&W Plumbing technician can pressure-test the gas system to ensure there are no hidden signs of leaking. Your city may require this test before they will allow Atmos Energy® to turn on the gas supply. This tends to be true if a home has been vacant and the gas to it has been shut off.
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C&W Plumbing offers a 14-point plumbing inspection prior to closing.
Your 14 Point Inspection Includes the Following:
- Dye test all toilets.
- Examine faucets for proper functioning.
- Verify functioning of all pop-up assemblies.
- Inspect all exposed water supply lines.
- Exposed drains will be inspected for leaks.
- Examine washing machine hoses.
- Inspect lawn faucets.
- Check gas connections to home and all appliances.
- Inspect water heater flue pipe.
- Check for gas and water leaks at the heater.
- Check for excessive water pressure on the home.
- Inspect main clean-outs and main water shut-off valve.
- Verify functioning of the T&P safety valve on water heaters.
- Check all emergency shut-off valves.
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