Plumbing Inspections: A Must-Do Before Buying A Home
For the vast majority of homeowners, putting money down on a new property is one of the largest investments they are ever likely to make.
For buyers, looking around a potential new home is a daunting task. It’s easy to pick up on obvious defects that are clear to the naked eye. However, it’s the bare bones of the property that are really important. The things that you can’t see, such as plumbing, may cause you costly heartache down the road.
A plumbing inspection is the only way to ensure that all the systems and component parts of plumbing are working and in good condition.
Working with a Professional Plumber
A professional plumber knows what to look for in a home that is up for sale. Whether the property is new or currently occupied, there is the potential for plumbing problems to arise.
If there is so much as a minor problem, it could result in costly repairs when you are already working with a tight budget. The experience of the plumber makes all the difference.
At Mason Mechanical, we only employ highly qualified plumbers to carry out home inspections for our customers.
Save with Sewer Inspections
You can save a large amount of money by having Mason Mechanical carry out a thorough inspection of your sewers. A sewer system is designed to protect your home from serious plumbing disasters.
However, older sewer systems can suffer damage from tree root systems, wear and tear, or damage from soil movement and debris.
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Tree roots will continue to damage and invade sewer lines if action is not taken to address the problem. One of the techniques that Mason Mechanical can use to protect a sewer is using a hydrojet followed by developing an effective maintenance plan. Root systems are not the only issue you have to worry about.
New homes may suffer from defects that were missed during a building inspection by an inexperienced inspector.
When ground settles, there is a probability that the sewer line will shear where it meets the foundation wall. This involves the pipe dropping which results in a blockage. The blockage may or may not cause a backup. However, there is a very high risk of a plumbing catastrophe occurring.
If you do not have the property inspected by a qualified and professionally trained plumber, you could face astronomical repairs costs in the future without any recourse.
Valves and Water Meter
Your water meter is an important plumbing element. When all faucets are closed and appliances that use water are shut off, the water meter shouldn’t move.
This test can give a plumber an idea as to whether there are any leaks in the plumbing system. The valves in the property are similarly important.
When they are shut off, the faucets that they feed should not have water. If they do, you have a problem that requires attention from a plumber.
Inspecting Water Heater Systems
Water heaters are plumbing appliances and systems that homeowners heavily rely on. Issues such as corrosion are ticking time bombs that need repairing. Up to 400 gallons of water is used in the average household, per day.
A plumbing inspection will highlight any problems and give you an accurate idea of maintenance and repair costs.
Don’t take any chances with a water heater tank and system. It is better to have minor problems repaired before they lead to a major plumbing disaster.
Functioning Toilets, Sinks, and Faucets
You don’t want to move into a new home only to discover that toilets, sinks, or faucets don’t work or are leaking. These are essential plumbing features that should be inspected for leaks or other issues.
The flow of water in toilets, sinks, and faucets needs to work effectively, otherwise, you may encounter plumbing issues or a costly waste of water.
Blocked sinks or toilets can also back up into a home, resulting in a large amount of damage to affected structures.
Some properties rely on a septic tank rather than a municipal sewer line. Again, this is a system that needs to work efficiently. Seepage or standing water likely indicates that there is a problem with a septic tank.
A full inspection from Mason Mechanical will identify and issues with the septic tank and its component parts. We can provide maintenance and repair services to keep your septic tank in good shape.
There is a lot involved in a thorough plumbing inspection from a reputable company. At Mason Mechanical, we live by the ethos of providing quality services to customers that suit any budget.
If you are in the process of purchasing a new home, our professional plumber will assess every aspect of your plumbing system and provide recommendations for any necessary repairs or replacement of parts.