Ask the Inspector: Plumbing

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

The plumbing in your home is an essential and often overlooked system that provides clean water and proper collection and transportation of waste water. Today, water-supply systems utilize a network of high-pressure pumps and pipes made of copper, brass, plastic, steel or other nontoxic materials.

Due to the complexity of these systems, it is a good idea to have them inspected for potential problems before you buy a home. A qualified professional can provide a visual inspection of any bathtubs, showers, pipes, toilets, sinks, etc. The inspector will determine the type of pipe and look over the visible piping for evidence of leaks or malfunction, such as staining, mildew or odors. Even a small leak or condensation on pipes can cause damage to wood, wall or floor coverings.

The inspector will make certain all fixtures are installed properly and show no signs of leakage. Additionally, they will look for missing calking and any visible drainage problems. The inspector will make note if problems are identified and recommend repairs.

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Comments (1)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

It is good for a potential home owner to have a Home Inspection completed by a qualified Inspector prior to the purchase of their new home. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 04, 2011 03:11 AM

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