It’s expected that more than 6 million homes will be purchased in 2020. There are numerous tasks to complete when buying a home, such as a termite and home inspection. One of the major parts of a home that’s often overlooked during the house hunting process is the plumbing system.
While a home inspector might look at certain parts of the home’s plumbing, it’s best to hire a professional plumber to perform a more thorough examination.
Home Inspection Of Plumbing
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) says a typical home inspection covers the “interior plumbing” of a home when it comes to checking out the water and sewer lines. The interior plumbing of a water service and drainage system usually includes the distribution piping for your toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, faucets, garbage disposal and heating system.
While the home inspector should survey your exposed pipes and run the water to ensure faucets and drains are operational, it’s unlikely the inspection includes a sewer camera inspection to detect possible buildup or leaks. It’s possible for a home’s plumbing system to appear to be working fine, but tree roots could be infiltrating underground pipes, and corroding pipes might be causing small holes or cracks.
Sewer Camera Inspection For New Home
One of the best investments you can make while purchasing a new home is to hire a professional plumber to perform a sewer camera inspection. By accessing a preexisting entry hole, a plumber can insert a waterproof, high-resolution camera into your pipes. The camera is guided through the maze of your plumbing system, offering a real-time view of the pipes’ conditions.
The inspection can reveal the level of grease buildup accumulated in the pipes, clogs within the system, tree root invasion and small holes that might not be detected during a normal home inspection. When armed with this information, you can request the current owners have the pipes and drains cleaned, or submit an offer that considers the cost you’ll pay out of pocket for repairs.
Common Plumbing Problems
Some of the most common plumbing problems in a home can be detected by simply looking for warning signs. Even if your home inspection doesn’t pinpoint any challenges, check for visible signs of pipe corrosion or leaking. Pipes will likely be exposed in the bathroom, basement and crawlspaces of a home. Look and feel for water in these spaces.
When going through the home, run water from each faucet to see how long it takes for the water to drain. If you notice the water is sitting in the sink or tub for an extended period of time, you may be dealing with a clog. You also want to ensure each toilet has the proper water pressure to remove waste. Flush each stool throughout the house. Water should quickly whisk away, and the bowl should refill. If you hear gurgling sounds from the toilet when you turn on the sink or shower, a blockage in the plumbing could be to blame.
A home will be one of the biggest investments of your life. Take the time to hire a professional plumber to properly inspect the pipes. Don’t allow your new home experience to be thwarted by leaking pipes or clogged drains.