If you are in the market to buy a home in the near future, a standard home inspection will be required prior to your purchase. A typical home inspection will take about 2 to 3 hours to complete and include examinations of the home’s roof, air conditioning unit(s), electrical system and plumbing lines.
However, a licensed home inspector who does not specialize in these areas may overlook critical issues that can cost new home buyers significant amounts of money down the road. In fact, the majority of standard home inspectors will not have the necessary expertise, skill-set or equipment to identify those hard-to-find problems.
For this reason, it is advised that you hire individual home inspection specialists for your air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems. Technicians who specialize in these areas will go above and beyond a standard inspection and help better identify commonly overlooked issues.
When it comes to your new home’s plumbing system, there are important areas that should be examined very carefully prior to your purchase. Among those include:
• Sewer/Septic Tank – an underground camera inspection of your home’s main sewer line and septic system is extremely important to determine if there are unseen problems brewing beneath the home’s surface. Using the proper equipment, video line inspection sessions can be recorded and provided to home owners on a flash drive for future reference, if needed.
• Water Heater – an average water heater lasts about 10 years and when failure occurs, it can create tremendous flood damage to a home. Be sure the water heating system is thoroughly examined to ensure you don’t get any unexpected surprises once you’ve moved into your new home.
• Toilets – a weak flushing capability from a toilet can be a symptom of a bigger problem within your home’s plumbing system. The causes of weak flushing may range from accumulated deposits and minerals under the bowl’s rim all the way to larger obstructions in the home’s main plumbing lines.
• Piping – the type of material used in a home’s piping system can give clues as to whether you may have problems down the road. Determining if there are inferior pipes in a home, including Polybutylene piping, can provide added leverage in the negotiation process or can allow you to walk away from a purchase if the home’s plumbing configuration poses enough of a liability.
Again, the above components can be inspected by any licensed home inspector, but it is advised that they are performed by an experienced plumbing technician.
Andrews Plumbing and Repairs can provide comprehensive plumbing inspections and will go above and beyond the standard plumbing inspection process.