Before buying a property, you should schedule a whole-home plumbing inspection with a licensed plumber. A major purchase, like a home, should be well researched in order to save you from any future problems. This is why home inspections are generally required by lenders prior to closure to protect their investment. Not only will a plumbing inspection determine if there are problems that need to be fixed immediately, you will also learn the plumbing history of the home. Here are a few of the main areas that are covered during a plumbing inspection.
Water Supply, Pressure, and Shut Off Valves
Municipal water supply meters and/or water pumps should provide correct readings and be in proper working order. Water pressures should be analyzed by checking that the lines are located ¾” to one inch directly from the home’s main water source and the pipes are at least a ½” in diameter to provide adequate flow. The water supply shut offs should be inspected and the homeowner should know their locations to prevent massive water damage should a plumbing issue arise in the future.
Kitchen and bathroom faucets and water supply lines will be checked for leaks and drips. A dripping faucet or running toilet can cause a huge spike in your utility bill and even the smallest leak can destroy the cabinetry and flooring. These leaks can also produce mold and mildew growth, which can lead to serious health problems.
You plumber can determine the age of the home’s water heater and if it will provide enough hot water for your family. For example, a family of four should have at least a 40 gallon tank. The plumber will also check for mineral deposit buildup in the tank and for any corrosion that may lead to a short life.
A sewage system inspection will first determine whether the home has a municipal sewer system or a septic tank. If the home has a septic tank, your plumber will locate the tank and the lines and determine how much the tank holds. They will also look for signs of standing water or seepage around the tank or noticeable odors. Since septic tanks can be very expensive to replace or repair, it is important that any problems are fixed prior to closing the deal.
At Peak Plumbing we want to help our clients identify and address any plumbing problems before making their investment in a new home. Contact us today to discuss plumbing inspections and any other plumbing needs you may have.