When buying your home you may not know what all is included in a plumbing inspection and why it is such a good investment. Below are all the things included in a plumbing inspection to make sure your new home will be move-in ready without the worry of plumbing issues coming out by surprise.
Sewer Camera Inspection
If you are looking into an older home or even a home that’s on a more mature property then you probably have older trees as well. While these trees can be beautiful above the surface they can wreak havoc below the surface. Tree roots love to find water inside of sewers and you won’t be able to tell if you have a root infestation without the use of a camera inspection. You could wait until the first downpour of the season to see if a problem arises, but if it does by that time you’d be too late. Having this camera inspection done can identify any problems including root infestations and be able to either resolve them or come up with maintenance plans to keep them at bay.
Checking Water Meters and Valves
Checking your valves and meters is a good way to indicate if there is a leak or not present in the home. If you turn off all the faucets and look at the meter and it is still turning then that indicates a leak is present. If the meter is still turning indicating a leak it could be a serious problem. You can test the valves by shutting off the main water supply and as long as there is no water coming to the faucets then it is a good sign!
Water Heater Inspection
Having the water heater inspected could be one of the most important parts of a new home plumbing inspection because water heater issues can end up costing a fortune if not caught in time. While most water heater issues are easily fixed, corrosion is an issue that you don’t want to ignore. Not only can a professional plumber check for damage on water heaters, but can also tell its age. By being able to tell its age, you will know about how much longer you have before you will have to worry about replacing the water heater. On average a household of 4 can expect the water heater to last around 10 years, so if it’s getting close or you have a larger family size it’s good to know whether or not you have to budget for a new water heater soon or not.
Faucets, Sinks, and Toilets
Checking these fixtures for leaks and water pressure quality can save you hassle in the long run. If there is an issue with either the flow or a leak you can prepare to have it fixed before moving in making for an easier transition. If it’s more than a simple leaky faucet and is a major issue, having a plumber take a look and evaluate the situation can keep you from buying a potential money sinking property. Not a lot of homeowners take into account the actual damage that plumbing issues can cause especially if it hasn’t happened to them before. Ensuring that all faucets, sinks, and toilets are in working order and cleared by a professional plumber can give peace of mind and make you feel more comfortable with your new home purchase.
It is important to know whether or not your property uses a septic system or if it is connected to the sewer because there will be different maintenance for each. For example, a septic system has to be pumped and you will need to know the dates of the last pump to keep on top of the maintenance for the septic. There are also different products that can be used with septic systems rather than the sewer system so it is important to have all the information. A professional plumber can ensure that everything is functional with your septic and that it is ready to go without any issues.