The plumbing aspect of the home inspection will include all readily accessible drains, sinks, faucets, pipe assembleys and water heater(s). Our inspector will observe and report any improperly functioning systems and installations. All of these notes will be included in the plumbing section of their report.
Generally we’ll start with a visual to make sure there is piping installed where it is suppose to be. You’d be shocked how open sinks have missing traps and if we test sinks and faucets without checking this first it can make quite a mess! After we’ve verified we’ll fill up each sink and test hot water simultaneously. This gives the inspector a chance to see how the faucets and hot water function as well. From there we’ll pull the stopper and ensure there are no drainage problems or blockages.
We’ll look for any signs of leakage both current or passed. This will include water stains or potential mold growth around pipes. The visual check of the pipes will also be include checking for corrosion or cross connections. The majority of our inspectors have the ability to offer mold testing as an add on service. Having this option available can save you money by not having to have secondary inspector come out at a future day and time.
Issues with plumbing in a household can be a simple DIY fix or require costly repairs from a licensed plumber. While we are sure you will be extremely happy with our assessment of the system, it is important to realize this along with other aspects of our services is limited to what we see at the time of our inspection. It is entirely possible that something has compromised the integrity of a pipe that we cannot see and a failure happens. This is rare and ususally due to extreme conditions like bitter cold but we feel it is important to know that even systems that pass a home inspectors inspection are subject to failure in the future.