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Buying a Home? Don't Forget The Plumbing Inspection

April 08 / 2019

With purchase season upon on, many home buyers are out shopping for that perfect dream home. While you are envisioning what color you want to paint the walls, and which flowers you want to plant in the garden, don’t forget to consider the condition of the plumbing. There is nothing that will throw a wrench into your home improvement plans more than an unexpected plumbing emergency. Even if you aren’t remodeling, a surprise plumbing emergency could pop up at any time, especially if you are unaware of the condition of your plumbing. This is why you don’t want to forget the plumbing inspection when you are purchasing a home. [caption id="attachment_2662" align="aligncenter" width="677"] Image Credit: Love to Know, https://bit.ly/2Ul7iUc[/caption]

Know What You Are Getting Yourself Into

When purchasing a home, most lenders will require a home inspection before the close of escrow. This is a thorough inspection of the home to help ascertain the stability of the investment for the lender. A home inspection can also help the home buyer know what they are getting themselves into. Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover; just because the home is beautiful and well put together on the outside, does not mean there aren’t hidden issues waiting to present themselves to unsuspecting new buyers.   In addition to a home inspection, a plumbing inspection should also be performed. Plumbing issues are one of the most common things that can go wrong for home buyers. A plumbing inspection will include video pipe inspection and thorough leak detection. Both of which can help demonstrate the true state of a plumbing system.  

Video Pipe Inspection

Video pipe inspection is one aspect of  a plumbing inspection that can demonstrate the plumbing in real time. A cable with a camera is fed down the drain and shows exactly what the plumbing looks like from the inside. This can show if there are any clogs, leaks, cracks, broken pipes, or corroding materials. Over time wear and tear can take their toll on a plumbing system, which can lead to all kinds of plumbing problems. A video pipe inspection is a great non-invasive way to see what exactly is going on. [caption id="attachment_2663" align="aligncenter" width="300"]plumbing inspection Image Credit: The Blue Book, https://bit.ly/2WPemoI[/caption]

Leak Detection

Leak detection is also an important part of a plumbing inspection. Aside from checking the areas you have easy access to, modern day plumbing technology allows plumbers to see what is going on behind the walls and underground by using thermal cameras or ultrasonic leak detection equipment. Both are non-invasive, which allows plumbers to see if there are any leaks underground, in the foundation, or behind closed walls without having to do any demolition. [caption id="attachment_2664" align="aligncenter" width="300"]plumbing inspection Image Credit: Power Tech Video, https://bit.ly/2G8YmHF[/caption]

Prepare for Future Repairs

If you are purchasing a new home, knowing the condition of the plumbing can help you prepare for upcoming repairs. Some plumbing repairs can be quite costly, so knowing in advance can help you prepare financially. The art of surprise are also greatly diminished with a plumbing inspection, allowing you to make repairs before there is an issue.   A plumbing inspection that brings major plumbing issues to light, can also give the buyer some negotiating power. Perhaps they can negotiate a better price based on the amount it would cost to make repairs, or back out of the contract completely if the problem is really significant.  

Who Should Get a Plumbing Inspection

While older homes may be more subject to wear and tear, new homes can also be susceptible to plumbing failure. Perhaps faulty materials were used, or there was improper installation. As a general rule of thumb, all home buyers should have a plumbing inspection done to protect their investment. It may cost a little, but it is well worth it.   For more information on plumbing inspections for home buyers or to schedule your plumbing inspection, contact Rooter Hero today!  

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