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Home Inspections and Plumbing – What You Need To Know

December 28, 2016

Having a thorough home inspection is one of the most important parts of purchasing a new house. That said the plumbing aspects of a home inspection must be carefully addressed to ensure overall home integrity. This is especially true considering the fact that broken or leaky pipes can cause serious and very costly water related damage. Experienced and knowledgeable home inspectors are trained to detect and locate plumbing issues that could result in a much more serious problem.

Mildew Or Fungus

Everything from pipes that do not meet code to clogged toilets and other types of plumbing violations, a home inspector is an essential and important resource for homeowners or those wishing to buy a home. Inspectors usually look for signs of mold, mildew or fungus as a way to determine if there are leaks in pipes somewhere in the home. Even telltale signs such as cracks in a floor or the ceiling may indicate water related problems. Wood panels, flooring and other components of a house may have dark circular stains indicating a current or prior water leak.

Damaged And Broken Pipes

Equally important is to inspect for poorly or illegally installed pipes in a house. Many times work is done on a home that does not meet current regulations or code. Home inspectors are well versed in finding pipes that are incorrectly installed. As with improper installation the wrong type of pipe material is sometimes used when installing pipes. In fact, some pipes may actually be banned for household use. Your home inspector will know if this is indeed the case with regard to your home or the home that you intend to purchase. In addition, cracked pipes, damaged and broken pipes must always be addressed promptly when they are discovered.

Cross-Connected Pipes

Other concerns include rust in and around pipes and rust buildup because this can cause a blockage that may have an effect on water pressure and overall flow. As with other components of a home such as electrical wiring, plumbing must be a top priority when inspecting a structure for overall integrity. As a final note, even cross-connected pipes can present a serious problem. This may result in contaminated water affecting the home’s occupants. Contact Jesal Home Inspections today for the best in West Vancouver infrared inspections and Maple Ridge home inspector professionals with years of experience.