5 Plumbing Inspection Tips Every Homeowner Should Know


If you’ve just bought a home or are thinking of doing so, you’ll probably use a home inspector. While this is the smart thing to do, a home inspector generally does not take an in-depth look at the plumbing. Yes, they will have some knowledge and can give you good advice, but for expert advice on plumbing inspection, you really need to consult a plumber. Here are some tips you need to know when it comes to plumbing inspection.

1. Is There Lead In The Pipes?

Older homes may have lead plumbing since older pipes contain lead. This is an environmental hazard. If this is the case, the home may require re-piping. You can test the water to see if it contains lead. Soft water is the problem. Soft water may cause leaching from the pipes.

2. Is There Insulation On The Pipes?

Freezing pipes can cause a problem for homeowners like stopped water, breaking pipes and leakage. Having the pipes wrapped can help to avoid pipes from freezing.

3. Is There Water Damage From Leaks?

If you’re about to buy a home, check all the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure to check the toilet and shower as well. Check the floors around fixtures, check the cabinets under the sink. You can see signs of water damage, if there is any. Pay attention for rotting floor boards or a warped floor by the toilet. All this can indicate a serious problem. If you can spot this, make sure it’s taken care of before buying, otherwise you’re looking at expensive repairs when you move in.

4. Is There Low Water Pressure?

Check the water pressure by turning the tap or shower full blast. There should be a strong and steady stream. If the pressure is low, no matter how much you turn the taps, then beware. Assuming faucets and shower heads are not clogged, you may have clogged pipes, a water heater that’s damaged or a leaking or burst pipe behind the walls. It’s time to call a plumber.

5. Slow-Draining Tub & Sink

This is quite natural and there are ways to sort it out. We’ve all encountered this and fixed it with simple methods. However, what if these methods don’t improve it? The problem may then be the plumbing, so, it could mean pooled water in the main drain or possibly a broken pipe. This is a health risk because this could mean water and mold behind the wall.

If plumbing problems are overlooked, these can end up being leaks and floods. Imagine coming back home to a swimming pool you didn’t know you had! Some of these repairs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Don’t make a costly mistake; get the advice of a good plumber when doing a plumbing inspection.

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