Home Buyers Beware! How a Plumbing Inspection Can Save You Time and Money

May 01, 2024

Home Buyers Beware
Let’s face it – we all tend to forget about our plumbing. With work, shuttling kids around, and life’s endless demands, our poor pipes hardly get a moment’s consideration. The phrase “Plumbing Inspection” rarely makes its way into our everyday conversations unless we’re buying or selling a house.

But here’s the reality check: neglecting a plumbing inspection can lead to expensive and inconvenient situations.

Plumbing problems, like leaky pipes or clogged sewers, can cause a lot of home damage. Repair costs, dealing with insurance claims, and the overall hassle are headaches none of us want. Which is why we recommend to have a whole house plumbing inspection performed when buying or selling a home, to help stay away from unsuspected plumbing issues arising after move in.

Hiring A Licensed Plumber for a Plumbing Inspection is a Smart Move

Hiring a licensed plumber to perform a whole house plumbing inspection is a smart move for potential buyers. Potentially saving you money in the long run by avoiding purchasing a home with unknown plumbing issues. A whole house plumbing inspection ensures a smoothly running home for you and your family to move into. Let’s find out how it works:

·  Home Inspection:

When buying a home, knowing any necessary repairs is key to making an informed decision. A thorough plumbing inspection will uncover the truth, giving you insights on needed repairs or services. If extensive plumbing issues are uncovered, this allows you and your realtor to make an informed decision on how to proceed.

·  No Surprises:

Plumbing issues often rear their heads unexpectedly because the system is hidden. An inspection helps you stay ahead before finalizing your home investment. For example, if there’s corrosion or leaks on the water supply pipes, a licensed plumber should assess and provide recommendations for repairs. From there, you and your realtor can work repair costs into your decision-making.

·  Cost Savings:

Home purchases are significant investments. Certain plumbing issues can pose significant repair costs, so investing in a plumbing inspection before purchasing a home can help prevent unexpected expenses after closing. Make sure to hire a licensed plumber for a thorough plumbing assessment.

Focus of Attention During the inspection

  • Main Sewer Line: Well-functioning sewer and drain lines are key to a peaceful and smooth move in. If possible, have your licensed plumber assess the age and condition of the main sewer line. A sewer line inspection can potentially save you significant time and money, if sewer issues are discovered. It can also bring you peace of mind, if your drains are in good condition. Allowing you and your realtor to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
  • Water Heaters: Ensuring the water heater or tankless is properly operating, is an important part of the plumbing inspection. Verifying the current unit is up to code and is in good condition. If your licensed plumber finds any areas of concerns, they should present you with their repair or replacement recommendations. From there, you have the knowledge upfront on what repairs are needed.
  • Pipe Leaks: During a plumbing inspection, your licensed plumber can check the condition of your potable water lines to ensure they are in suitable condition. If water damage is detected or piping is corroded or leaks, your licensed plumber should be able to provide an estimate for repair/replacement options. Being educated on necessary repairs, allows you choose what the best next steps are.
  • Shut Off Valves: During a whole house plumbing inspection, your licensed plumber should inspect the operation of the home’s shut off valves. Meaning if there are any issues with the function of the main shut off valve or individual fixture shut off valves, you will know upfront.
  • Toilets: A licensed technician may check the toilet’s operation and for leaks that may have caused water damage. If any repairs or services are needed, your licensed plumber can present reliable solutions for various toilet issues.

Summing Up

The great thing is, you don’t need to stress about unknown plumbing issues when you have a whole house plumbing inspection performed. Our team of experienced and licensed plumbers will make sure without a doubt that your plumbing is safe, up to code, and is operating properly. This helps avoid unsuspected plumbing issues from arising at an inconvenient time. After the inspection, our licensed experts at Show Plumbing will inform you of their findings.

They may point out areas to keep an eye on or even uncover an unknown problem. Whether the plumbing issues are big or small, our licensed technicians will provide you with upfront and reliable repair or service recommendations. Providing you with the knowledge of necessary services, so you can have peace of mind and confidence when deciding on your next steps. If you are in the process of buying or selling a home and would like to schedule a whole a house plumbing inspection with one of our licensed experts, give us a call today at (281) 860-2000.