You have a lot of responsibilities as a homeowner. You have to keep up with your roof, landscaping, appliances, and more, but how much thought do you give to your plumbing?
Your plumbing is mostly unseen, so you may not think about its condition until it’s too late. Unfortunately, most plumbing problems must be significant before you see the signs, and you could save yourself a lot of stress and money by taking preventative steps.
Find out why a comprehensive plumbing inspection is essential to keeping your plumbing in optimal condition by fixing minor issues before they become a big problem.
Why Plumbing Inspections Are Important
When you get a home inspection to buy a home, it’s often on the surface level. These inspections usually look for obvious issues with your plumbing, like faucets that don’t work, not the issues that may be lurking within the walls.
A plumbing inspection is a comprehensive inspection of your plumbing system that ensures that all the components, from the sinks and showers to the pipes and outdoor lines, are in good condition and free from problems.
It’s important to get a plumbing inspection if you’re buying a home to make sure that you don’t end up with expensive problems once you’re the owner. Always spring for a plumbing inspection before you sign on that dotted line.
If you’re selling your home, getting a recent plumbing inspection can be a good selling point for a prospective buyer. This proves that you’ve taken care of your home and that they won’t get in over their head with a plumbing system or sewer that needs to be replaced at great cost.
These aren’t the only times you should have a plumbing inspection, however. It’s good to have plumbing inspections regularly to identify minor issues or damage that can lead to expensive repairs, often at the worst time.
Here are some benefits of a plumbing inspection:
Find Hidden Issues
Leaks are often a source of water damage in your home. At best, you’ll waste water and notice issues like water stains on your walls or ceilings. At worst, you could have significant damage, mold, and rot from a leak that went unnoticed.
Plumbing inspections include visual inspections of your entire system, so you can detect these leaks early and correct them before they can wreak havoc on your home with rot, mold, or worse.
Plumbing repairs can get expensive quickly, especially if you’ve had a problem brewing for a while. If you catch these problems when they’re small, such as a crack in a pipe or a loose fitting, it’s much cheaper and easier to fix.
Who Can Do a Plumbing Inspection?
You may not think about it, but your plumbing is an important aspect of your home. You need water for many things, including cooking, showering, brushing your teeth, and cleaning, so if something goes wrong, it can be extremely disruptive.
If you want to prevent problems, the best thing is to schedule plumbing inspections early from a licensed plumber. Even if you know a little about plumbing, a professional has the tools, experience, and expertise to ensure that you have a thorough examination of your entire system.
What to Expect with a Plumbing Inspection
The details of a plumbing inspection may depend on what you have in your home, but it generally includes:
Entry Point Inspections
During your inspection, your plumber will check the tubs, toilets, sinks, faucets, showers, pipes, and supply lines in your home. They’ll check all of these components for any signs of problems like leaks, cracks, or damage.
Outdoor Plumbing Inspections
Your plumber will also check your outdoor faucets and fittings, such as your pool components, hoses, or irrigation systems, to ensure they’re in working order and protected from the elements.
Water Heater Inspection
Your water heater is susceptible to a lot of problems that can be inconvenient, if not extremely hazardous. Your plumbing inspection will include a check of your water heater to ensure that there aren’t any leaks or damage to the pressure relief valves, connections, and other fittings.
Sewer Line Inspection
A plumbing inspection will include your sewer line and its components. Your plumber may need to use a camera to inspect the supply line and look for damage that can affect your sewer and lead to a collapse or breakdown.
How Often Should I Have a Plumbing Inspection?
Plumbing inspections need to be performed if you’re buying or selling a home. Otherwise, you can get a plumbing inspection every two years for a newer home.
If your home is older, however, you may need annual plumbing inspections to care for older plumbing systems. Experts recommend annual inspections if your home is over 40 years old.
Ready to schedule your plumbing inspection? Contact us at Adeedo to schedule your appointment!