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Inspect the Plumbing Before You Buy!

Why You Should Get a Plumbing Inspection Before Buying a New Home

home-for-saleThere are a number of reasons why you would need to carry out a plumbing inspection of the house that you would like to buy.

The primary reason is that you simply want to make sure the piping and sewerage systems are in order, just as the real estate agent claims.

However, there are more specific reasons you should have a plumbing inspection before putting your signature on the dotted line. These reasons include:

1. Prevent Long-Term Damage from Leaks and Clogs

Even newly installed water supply, drainage, and sewerage systems can end up with leaks or clogs. Hasty pipe fitting is a sure precursor to leaks and also exhibits poor workmanship. Carelessness on the part of any one member of the plumbing installation crew can allow for clogs due to debris and other related waste.

Whatever their cause, leaks and clogs when undetected can lead to immense repair costs. Water from leaks can spread through concrete, weakening entire walls or even causing entire ceilings to collapse.

Clogs in supply pipes can cause pipes laid in concrete to burst while hidden, leading to staggering water bills. A clogged sewerage system can lead to the costly job of exposing the entire concrete-encased system just to fix one stubborn clog. Having a plumbing inspection will, therefore, save you from both physical and financial headaches.

2. Avoid the inconvenience of paying for the repairs.

checking-for-hot-waterThe cost of repairing any faults found in the supply, drainage and sewerage systems discovered by a plumbing inspection, would fall on the real estate agency selling you the house. The agency is thus left with two options.

The first would be to bear the cost of repairs which would not affect the going price for the house. The second would be to deduct the expected cost of the repair from the going rate of the house. Either way, you as the buyer wouldn’t have to part with a single coin. This scenario would still have the same outcome even if you were buying the house from its owner.

However, failing to schedule the plumbing inspection before buying the house would have you paying for the fixing of any leaky pipe and/or clogs in your house.

3. Avoid Annoying Incidents

There is nothing that can be as downright annoying as having to deal with a clogged toilet when getting ready for the day. Having the water supply suddenly cut off while you are in the middle of a shower can be quite an uncomfortable experience.

Waking up to the foul odor of sewer gas emanating from the sump in the basement can leave you wishing you could move out. To avoid these and other frustrating scenarios, it would be prudent to have a plumbing inspection before buying the house of your dreams.

4. Ensure the health and safety of your family.

There’s nothing that has a more direct connection to your family’s health than the water supply, drainage and sewerage systems on your home. This is because disease-causing agents can use any if not all three plumbing systems, as avenues to you and your family. This is why you need to ensure that the integrity of the entire plumbing in a house is above board before you and your family move in and turn it into a home.

What is involved in a plumbing inspection?

When a plumbing inspector gets to a house, he or she first carries out a visual inspection. Through the use of sight and a light prodding, the inspector conducts the following checks listed below:

• Checks to make sure pipes and fittings are solid

The inspector will grip and gently but firmly pull at exposed piping. By doing so, he or she is making sure that the piping is firmly positioned and that no loose joints are present.

• Looks for visible leaks between pipe fittings, valves, taps, and p-traps.

Leaks are indicative of faulty joints between pipes that are bound to get worse. Leaky valves are indicative of wear. The inspector would then note the locations of the leaky joints and valves for later replacement.

• Checks whether supply valves can be turned off and on.

Valves that look okay can at times be completely non-functional. These are noted for replacement.

• Checks connections and operation of the water heater.

flush-the-toiletThe inspector makes sure that the water heater is in good working order by turning it on for a duration of time. From the power rating on the heater, he or she can determine the expected temperature of the water.

• Makes sure the toilet and fittings therein are in good working order.

The inspector checks that the toilet is working correctly by flushing it a few times and noting the time it takes for all the water to completely clear.

He or she then records the rate at which the reservoir fills. Ultimately the inspector ensures that there are no leaks in the pipes in the entire sewerage system.

It is worth noting that above are just a few of the checklist inspections that our inspectors carry out during a simple visual inspection.

Furthermore, our inspectors come equipped to conduct video inspections to confirm the extent of the faults discovered in during the preliminary stage.

To make use of our services in Easton, PA just call AmeriServe at (610) 258-2591 and you will be put through to one of our professional and experienced plumbing inspectors. No inspection job’s too big for us.

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