Purchasing a new home is a milestone for many people. It is a time filled with excitement as well as some confusion. It is very easy to lose track of the fine details that need your attention.

You may feel confident about the home you want to buy, especially after having a general home inspection. However, many people do not realise that this general inspection does not include a complete residential plumbing inspection. The inspector will only conduct a quick visual inspection of the plumbing. This leaves you vulnerable to numerous problems, which you likely will pay the bill.


What is a Plumbing Inspection?

Unlike the quick visual once-over an inspector will do during your general home inspection, a plumbing inspection will thoroughly examine numerous aspects of your home’s plumbing. There are several different areas your plumber will check during an inspection. These include:

  • An in-depth Look at Your Exterior Water Features – Your plumber will look for:
    • cracks
    • proper insulation
    • correct alignment
    • warping
    • misalignment
  • Water Heater Inspection – Whether you have a water heating system with a tank or a tankless system, a plumbing inspector will check water valves, and connections, and ensure the heating unit is set at the right maximum temperature to avoid scalding. A gas water heater will be inspected for corrosion and leaks in the gas line. Plumbing inspections for an electric version will include worn or ill-fitting products.
  • Check the Fixtures – This will let you know about any problems with any of the following
    • Sink faucets
    • Tub and shower faucets
    • Showerheads
    • Outdoor water spigots
    • Toilets
  • Examine the Pipe Insulation – Pipes that are improperly insulated can quickly freeze in poor weather conditions. Frozen pipes are prone to bursting, which is a homeowner’s nightmare.
  • Inspect the Dishwasher – Your plumber will make sure the dishwasher is working correctly. Additionally, they will ensure the dishwasher has an air gap and is mounted securely to the counter.
  • Sump Pump Inspection– If the house has a sump pump to help eliminate flooding, your plumber will check for signs of damage and make sure the electrical connections are correct.
  • A Video Inspection of Drains and Sewer Pipes – To ensure you have no blockages, your plumber will snake a high-definition camera through these spaces. Any sediment buildup, debris, or blockages will be visible this way.
  • Check for Lead Pipes – If your home is particularly old, your plumber may check to ensure there are no lead pipes in the house.
  • Test the Water Quality – During an inspection, a plumber can test the cleanliness and safety of your water to ensure your safety.

The plumber will do an inspection of the entire water heater to make sure it isn’t leaking as well as to ensure that rust isn’t a problem with the heater.


Do I Need a Plumbing Inspection When Buying a House?

In Western Australia, inspections before purchasing a house are not mandatory. This includes plumbing inspections. However, some mortgage companies will require an inspection of the house, including a separate inspection for a home’s plumbing and electrical facets.

Typically, new homeowners will have most of their early problems with the house because of plumbing, electrical, or both. Considering the sizeable investment, the more you learn about the home you may buy, the safer your money. Whether mandatory or not, a thorough plumbing inspection can save a great deal of trouble in the future.

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What are the Benefits of a Plumbing Inspection?

Plumbing inspections have several benefits that make them essential during the process of buying a home.

  • Find Existing Problems – Just because a general home inspector does not see a problem during the brief visual inspection of a house does not mean you are in the clear. A thorough plumbing inspection can shed light on many issues, including blocks, cracks, and leakages. Additionally, the hot water tank may need repairs or replacing. None of these issues are small or insignificant.
  • Stop Potential Problems – A professional plumbing inspector can easily see signs that could lead to significant plumbing problems. For example, your plumber sees pipes that are uninsulated or under-insulated and know there is a likelihood of these same pipes freezing and bursting during frigid weather.
  • Give You an Edge in Negotiations – Some homeowners genuinely do not know the plumbing defects in their homes. Learning about problems from a pre-purchase plumbing inspection may encourage the current owners to drop the price or make the necessary repairs. It also gives you the option to walk away from a home that will cost thousands in repairs before it is up to par.
  • Peace of Mind – Believing everything is fine with a home you are about to buy is not as comforting as KNOWING about any issues you may experience. If you learn about existing problems and you choose to purchase the property, you have no unpleasant surprises.

The condition of the plumbing system is a significant factor to consider before making an investment.

A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is not just a good idea. It can save you a great deal of money as well as time and effort. If you believe you have found the right house, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Expand Group. With years of experience behind them, the team at Expand Group can inspect your new house’s plumbing to ensure everything is in order before you sign on the dotted line.