While many homes need plumbing inspections during the course of their lives, many homeowners may not know when a plumbing inspection is warranted — or what it means.
What is a Plumbing Inspection?
Many may hear the term ‘plumbing inspection’ and think of the last time they called their local plumbers to check out a leaky faucet or some other issue. While a service call such as this does include a plumber inspecting a problem, a plumbing inspection is a little different.
Plumbing inspections check over the entire plumbing system — the water lines, water heater, sinks and faucets, toilets, showers, bathtubs, washing machines, and other appliances that use water. If it has water, a plumber should check it.
What does a plumbing inspection entail?
A professional plumber conducting an inspection will check multiple areas of your home and conduct different tests. Some of these tasks include:
- Checking water pressure
- Looking for impending part or system replacements
- Examining water heater, water lines, and plumbing fixtures
- Inspecting the laundry room drainage system
- Checking the shut-off valve
- Video examination of underground plumbing elements such as sewer lines
Different plumbers may cover other areas, but be sure that whoever you hire leaves you with a report so you can keep track of everything they found.
Benefits of Plumbing Inspections
You may be thinking, “Why would I schedule a plumbing inspection?” and you wouldn’t be alone. Plumbing inspection may not be a part of everyday life, but the benefits of regular inspection can help keep your plumbing in order and save you money. Like all maintenance, inspections can find potential future problems early on to save you the surprise of having to replace a plumbing fixture or repair a water line without time to prepare. They can also grant you peace of mind that nothing is wrong with your system (or confirm your suspicions if you’ve seen signs of an issue).
The Best Time to Schedule a Plumbing Inspection
Scheduling a plumbing inspection for a home you may be in the market to purchase is the best way to ensure you’re getting what you pay for. You don’t want to make an investment in a home, only to find out that the water heater needs to be replaced and the outdoor faucet leaks. Contact EJ Plumbing to schedule your inspection today!