Thinking About Selling Your Home? Do You Know How To Prepare For A Plumbing Inspection?

April 01, 2022

Why A Plumbing Inspection Is Important?

Home inspections are an essential step for the savvy buyer, involving a licensed professional detailing the present condition of the home for their satisfaction. An inspector will look for issues with the foundation, roofing, windows, doors, electrical and plumbing systems, and any damage caused by mold, weather, water, or pests. They will also keep an eye out for hazardous building materials such as radon, lead paint or asbestos.

Prospective buyers are also more likely to consider purchasing property that has well-maintained plumbing. Plumbing issues, even if they’re minor, can turn into expensive, time-consuming headaches in the future. That is why it is recommended to have a licensed plumbing professional perform an inspection on your home’s plumbing system before selling.

What Does A Plumbing Inspection Entail?

A plumbing inspection can be performed on different parts of your plumbing system. You could have a prospective buyer that would like the sewer line inspected. Therefore, a camera inspection would be performed on the sewer line. Other times, prospective buyers like to know the current condition of the pipes/water lines and/or water heater. In this scenario, an inspection would be performed on both the water heater and piping system. Below, is a list of the most common plumbing inspections.

    • Camera Inspection
    • Hydrostatic Water Pressure Test
    • Water Heater Inspection
    • General Plumbing Inspection
    • Inspection performed on condition of pipes

What Are Common Plumbing Issues On An Inspection?

An inspector will check the pipes, toilets, faucets, and plumbing fixtures in your home for broken or failing components. The main shutoff valve for your home must be functioning correctly as well. Any leaks, however small, must be addressed before they can cause significant and costly water damage. Each toilet must flush and refill correctly, and showers must maintain water pressure and temperature.

Appliances that are plumbed in, such as dishwashers, washing machines and water dispensers, are also inspected for functionality. Your water heater, an essential component of your plumbing, must perform adequately and be free of leaks, corrosion and mineral deposits that can impact its operation. Next, if you experience freezing weather, your pipes must be properly insulated to prevent them from damage.

Finally, your sewage system must be working correctly, whether you have a septic tank on the property or a direct connection to the city’s sewer system. This is a particularly important step, since sewage system repairs can be extensive.

A Licensed Plumbing Company Can Help

Fortunately, a licensed plumbing company can perform a professional inspection for you, before you sell your home. Since they have professional experience and expertise, they can give you an overview of any necessary repairs and let you know about any potential code violations.  Being that most plumbing repairs are minor, techs can go over the scope of repairs so you or your potential buyer can decide the best repair options.

Call Show Plumbing at (281) 860-2000 today for a thorough evaluation of your plumbing. Our licensed technicians have the know-how and repair skills, to make sure you breeze through any plumbing repairs so you are able to smoothly sell your home.