Purchasing a new home? Exciting, right?
Don’t dive in just yet. One of the areas many new homeowners struggle with is plumbing problems. If you don’t want to incur huge bills on plumbing repair, you might want to do some due diligence before making the purchase. While a home inspector will be assigned to your home, council inspectors often do not do a thorough job inspecting sewer lines and pipes. For this reason, you might want to hire specialized help to inspect the plumbing. The pros at Express Rooter can help with this. They have the expertise required to do the necessary checks and advise on the costs of repairs. If there are any major repairs that need to be done, you can pass them on to the homeowner before signing on the dotted line. So, what do plumbing inspectors look for? Read on to find out.
1. Lead Presence in Pipes
Lead is a hazard to the environment. The presence of lead in water is caused by old fixtures and pipes. The inspector will take a sample of the water and test for the presence of lead. A positive result means you’ll have to change the old pipes and fixtures before moving in. You do not want to expose your family to lead poisoning.
2. Where the Water Meter Is Fixed
An inspector will locate the water meter and confirm that the shut off valve is working. The best test for a shutoff valve is to turn it off and check whether the water supply to the house has been cut off.
3. The Condition of The Water Heater
The water heater is responsible for providing hot water to your household. The inspector will seek to establish the capacity and location of the water heater. The location of the water heater is important since you need to determine how accessible it is should the need for repairs arise. You also want to know what sort of risk it poses should there be a leak. The inspector should also determine how long the heater has been in use. If it’s too old and worn out, then you might have to replace it.
4. Sewer and Septic Tank
The inspector should do an assessment of the sewer system. If the sewer connects to a septic tank, find out where it is located and also when it was last emptied. If there is an odor or leakage, then there’s a problem with the septic tank that should be dealt with before buying the home.
5. Pipes Insulation
If you plan on buying a home in a place with extreme weather conditions, it is important to check that the pipes are insulated. This is especially useful during winter when the pipes can freeze and cut off water supply to the home.
6. Damage Caused by Leaks
The inspector should look for any damage caused by leaks over the years. The floor under sinks and fixtures should be inspected for water damage. Presence of old water marks indicates there may have been leaks before. Look for rotten wood boards and have them replaced.