How A Plumbing Inspection Can Save You Money
What Makes it Important?
A plumbing inspection is an all-encompassing scrutiny of the condition of a home. It is a process that can eventually bring peace of mind when finally signing that sales contract.
In fact, understanding what to expect in and out of the property is one sure fire way of ensuring you make an informed decision about the future upkeep of the property as well as the value.Such an inspection accomplishes major aspects. One, you get the chance to distinguish the condition of the home, its plumbing systems, as well as the structural soundness.
Two, any underlying concerns are brought to the attention of the seller before a closing deal is made.A comprehensive inspection includes a careful examination of every part of the property including the air conditioning system, the heating system, the interior plumbing, insulation and visible structures.
Home Inspection Contingency
It is advisable to hire a professional inspector. The expert will not only pinpoint visible defects but will also highlight positive aspects of the structure and maintenance that may be required to keep your new home in good shape.
Understand that plumbing defects can be expensive to repair if not caught early enough. A home inspection can be used as a contingency in your purchase.
It provides that should any defects be discovered in a home inspection, you as the home buyer can back out of the deal without being penalized. However, this is in a certain timeframe. Remember, buying a home is a major deal, and the seller may not let you walk scot-free if the defect is not significant.
What Should be Inspected?
When it comes to the plumbing system, there are critical areas that cannot be overlooked. If you know what to look for, you can inspect the entire structure before closing a deal. Do not be tempted to take anything at face value.
First, make an appointment with the Realtor selling the home or the homeowner. For your DIY process, show up with clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. Here are some of the areas you must observe:
Check the Water Meter
Locate the water meter. Find out if the shutoff valve to the water supply of the home is in good working condition.
If the home gets supply from well water, then the shut-off valve is placed somewhere in the home.
In most cases, it is located under the kitchen sink. Using the shut-off valve, the moment you shut the water off, there shouldn’t be any water flowing in the bathroom, kitchen, or any other area in the home.
Are There Lead Pipes in the Home?
The type of material used in the piping system could give you clues about what to expect down the road. Are there inferior pipes around the home? If there are, that could offer an added leverage in your negotiations or allow you to walk out of the deal if the home stands as a liability.
Most homes that were built before or in 1986 normally have lead plumbing. No matter how useful lead is, it is an environmental toxin. Not only is it harmful to children but adults too. Therefore, if the property has galvanized plumbing, you may want to avoid it.
Aside from lead; look for leaks and cracks in pipes. Might they need replacement? Ensure that in times of intensely cold weather the pipes are not prone to freezing. That can be done by wrapping them.
Inspect the Water Heater
An average water heater has a life of about 10 years. When a failure occurs, major flood damage can be caused to the property. The water heater has to be examined thoroughly to ensure you don’t experience any undesirable surprises the moment you move into your new home. Also, find out if the heater is big enough to accommodate your needs. Usually, for a family of four, at least a 40-gallon tank is needed.
Where is the water heater located? How old is it? Find out if there is any buildup of mineral deposits in the tank. It is possible for mineral deposits to settle at the bottom of the tank leaving little room for the water. With little room in the tank, little water will be heated, and it may not be enough for your needs. Also, if there is corrosion in the tank, its life could be rendered shorter. In cases where you notice obvious signs of corrosion or you are sure the tank is old, request for a replacement before moving in.
What Type of Sewerage System Does the Home Have?
Whether there is an installed septic tank or the waste is directed to a municipal sewer system, determine the type of system the home has. If there is a septic tank, where is it installed?
How much does the tank hold? Where are the lines to the tank located? You want to get a full picture of where all the lines are located. It is important to find out from the property owner when the tank was last serviced. Are there signs of seepage around the tank? Is there an odor?
If any of that is noticeable, those are signs of a problematic septic tank. Understand that septic tanks are very expensive to repair or even replace. That means that if there is any problem with the tank, you must have the owner fix it before closing the deal.
Check All Faucets
The kitchen and bathroom are important too. Examine the toilet. Do you notice a weak flushing capacity? That is a symptom of a huge problem within the plumbing system.
Weak flushing could range from accumulated minerals and deposits under the rim of the bowl to major accumulation in the main plumbing lines.
Before buying your new home, ensure there are no leaks or any unaddressed plumbing concerns. You want to be sure all plumbing issues both present and potential are mentioned to the real estate agent before an offer is made.
Looking to schedule your plumbing inspection today? Give the plumbing professionals at All Types Plumbing Drain & Rooter Services a call at (435) 833-9393, serving the area of Tooele, UT.