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Get A Plumbing Inspection Before Buying A New Home

You decided that you need a plumbing inspection for your home but don’t want to pay a plumber to do it. You can do some plumbing inspections by yourself, but know that you won’t be able to find everything that a plumber can find if you were to call one out to the home that you are planning to purchase.

checking-a-water-heaterMost people who do plumbing inspections in a new home will simply check the faucets, examine the water heater, flush the toilets, and make sure that the garbage disposal works correctly.

Since do-it-yourself plumbing inspections are very basic, it’s likely that the person won’t be able to see the developing clogs in the piping system that were caused by the previous owners. If piping under the ground is old and needs replacement, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to determine this.

There are a lot of problems that can be in the plumbing system, so if you want to make sure that your new home is ready for move in, then allow a professional plumber to conduct a plumbing inspection to make sure that you know about any problems that the plumbing has.

Why You Should Hire A Plumber For Plumbing Inspections

A lot of people like to do things themselves, especially if they want to save money, but cutting corners to save money may end up costing you more money in the end. A plumbing inspection on a new home should never be conducted by yourself or other family members that may move into the home unless they are certified plumbers.

There can be some costly repairs that are needed for the plumbing in the home, and it’s unlikely that you’ll get even the most honest home seller to tell you about it, even if they know exactly what the problem is. A person selling a home will never want to talk about the home’s bad points.

The fact that plumbing inspections are never a requirement plays in their favor, so don’t expect them to tell you that the sink is shooting sludge, the toilets are backed up, and the piping needs changing. Here're the reasons why you should get a plumber to do a plumbing inspection in your new home:

  • flush-the-toiletA plumber knows about potential problems that you've never heard of.
  • Plumbers can check all the pipes and drains.
  • Plumbers can send cameras through the pipelines if necessary.
  • A plumber knows the exact fixes that are needed.
  • Plumbers are the only ones who can maintain or repair a water heater.
  • Pipe replacements should only be done by plumbers.
  • Plumbers have specialized tools that can remove clogs.

Since you know that plumbers have all the tools necessary to find any plumbing problem in your home, feel confident knowing that hiring a plumber is the best way to go. If there are clogs in the drainage system, then a plumber can use an electric snake or hydro-jet the drains to get them clean.

Plumbers also do drain cleaning as well, which can help to keep the drains clear of clogs. The plumber is also able to determine if a toilet is secure and needs fixing or replacement as well as being able to check out the water heater.

Since water heaters can only be examined, maintained, and installed by a certified plumber, this is even more of a reason to hire a plumber for your inspection.

If any problems are found on the new property that you’re purchasing, then the plumber will let you know what the problems are, how much they will cost, how long the problems will take to fix, and if it’s worth it to fix the problems at all.

Checking All The Toilets

Some of the biggest homes can have dozens of toilets, which means any inspector that goes into that home will have a lot of work to do, but typical homes have anywhere from 2-5 toilets, depending on the size of the home and how many bathrooms it has.

Allow your plumber to check each toilet that is in the home when they are doing inspections, and you may find that four out of five toilets work fine, but one toilet, in particular, has a serious problem that requires a costly replacement.

If only one toilet is malfunctioning, then the toilet itself may need a replacement, especially if it's been leaking on the floor for a long time and has caused a lot of molds to decay the flooring. Other toilet problems can also be discovered by the plumber, some of which are easy fixes.

Ensuring The Water Heater Works

discolored-waterBuying a brand-new water heater for a home that you’re moving into is one of the last things you want to do, especially since you can be looking at thousands of dollars for the water heater. You want to ensure that your water heater is good and can work for some time before you have to get a replacement, especially if it’s been in the home for years.

If the water heater is under five years old, then you have very little to worry about, but once the heater gets to five years and older, then it may have more problems, so yearly maintenance is necessary, especially since the heaters only lasts about ten years.

Discolored Water Is A Bad Sign

Any discolored water that comes from either the cold or hot faucet is a bad sign, so this needs to be addressed, even if it’s the only plumbing problem is found in the home. A new water heater or even new piping may be necessary to improve the water discoloration problem, so allow your plumber to do a full assessment.

Your local plumbers in Orlando, FL at Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc are always available for plumbing inspections and more when you call (407) 292-8881.

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