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The Importance of a Plumbing Inspection

June 2nd, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Plumbing is an essential part of a person’s home. One of the main issues people have with their home relates to plumbing. A plumbing inspection will help a new homeowner to predict any plumbing problems, which can cause serious issues for the homeowner in the future.

Before moving into a new house, the owner should familiarize themselves with the infrastructure supporting it. For example, knowing where the water shut-off valve is, as well as the water meter’s location. This needs to be pointed out to the novice during a plumbing inspection. At times homeowners are distracted by the excitement of owning a new house; they forget to make sure everything in their home is safe.

A brief inspection of the lawn is critical in preventing plumbing issues. Water leaks in sprinkling systems that can result in areas of burgeoning grass growth or swampy lawn areas. It’s always better to try to stop problems from happening, rather than attempting to solve them yourself.

The most important part of plumbing is indoor plumbing. It is essential all aspects of a home’s plumbing is verified to be working as recited. Due to the absolute necessity of bringing water inside, pipes need to be checked. These pipes are examined to assure sufficient water for a refreshing shower or the flushing in a toilet. If the home is two stories or more, inspecting the plumbing is even more critical as any leaks can cause severe damage. Additionally, a plumbing inspection covers looking at the water heater in the home. Generally the life span of a water heater is between 9-12 years. If the inspection discovers an older water heater, a recommendation to replace will be made.

Next, ensure that the water heater is large enough for the amount of people living in the home. If a family of four needs a 40-gallon capacity, the age of the water heater must be determined. Sediments can accumulate inside it and reduce the amount of available water. An extra measure is to have the heater and its pipes wrapped to conserve heat. The kitchen will need an intense inspection as well. Faucets should not drip and dishwasher couplings need to be firmly fastened.

Under the sinks is key to observe, as any pipe leaks will have discolored or warped the flooring there. Toilets need intense inspection to ensure they do not run incessantly or leak around the base.

Getting a proper plumbing inspection is essential for a happy, safe environment for a homeowner to live in. A plumbing inspection isn’t just good to get when you first purchase a home, but it should happen every year.

In addition to plumbing inspections, at Precision Home Inspections we specialize in buyer and seller inspections for homes, townhouses, and condos. We have Four-Point inspections, covering the HVAC systems (heat, ventilation, and air conditioning), the electrical systems, and the plumbing system, and the roof. We also perform Wind Mitigation, well as many other types of inspections. For more information on the inspections we offer, feel free to visit our website.