What Are the Benefits of Plumbing Inspections
As a potential homeowner, it seems as though you’ve been doing nothing but scheduling inspections. These inspections add one more level of stress to buying a new residence, and it would seem that all of these inspectors could take a look at more than one issue for you.
But the reality is that all of these individual inspections are in the best interest of you, the future owner. And one of the most important of these inspections concerns the home’s plumbing system.
Why Buyers Shouldn’t Be DIY Inspectors
There are lots of reasons why it’s a bad idea for potential homeowners to act as their own pre-purchase building inspectors. One is being erroneously misled by emotions and enthusiasm. The other is lack of expertise.
It’s very easy to be tricked into overlooking problems by new paint and fancy fixtures, and this is especially true with plumbing.
According to Archicentre, a watchdog service for Australian architects, 30% of the homes that it inspects have major plumbing problems. And this just isn’t a Down Under problem.
Many American buyers are too dazzled by plumbing cosmetic surgery or don’t ask the right questions about plumbing systems before signing on the dotted line.
Why Buyers Should Use A Licensed Plumbing Inspector
Not all professional building inspectors are qualified to inspect plumbing systems. A potential buyer absolutely should engage one who is, as the money saved can be in the tens of thousands. Such an inspector can:
- Check hot water heater and all building piping
- Check all sinks, toilets, and traps for leaks and drainage issues
- Test for hard water and chlorine
- Inspect all shut-off valves for proper operation
- Verify water pressure
- Conduct video inspections of sewer lines
As a New Home Owner, What Can Be Done Before Moving Into a New House?
Even if a home gets an “A+” from all inspectors and the deal is about to be sealed, a buyer should take extra steps to avoid future nasty plumbing surprises.
They should examine the warranties on all existing plumbing system equipment, to determine when professional maintenance and replacement is needed.
They should obtain diagrams of the home’s plumbing systems (which should indicate what and when work was done).
And they should make sure that even minor leaks are corrected, hot water heaters are blanketed, and pipes are appropriately insulated, to insure that their dream home is energy efficient and damage free for years to come.