What Does the Home Inspector Look For When Inspecting a Home's Plumbing?

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When inspecting a home’s plumbing, a home inspector will typically look for several items that include the following:

  1. Water supply and distribution: The home inspector will check the water supply and distribution system for any leaks, damage, or signs of wear and tear. They will also check the water pressure to ensure that it’s adequate. 
  2. Drainage and waste disposal: The inspector will check the drainage and waste disposal systems for any clogs or signs of damage. They will also check the condition of the pipes and fittings where visible to ensure that they are in good condition. It is important to note that a home inspector will not cause any damage to the surrounding areas to obtain a better view when inspecting any plumbing items. 
  3. Water Heater: The water heater will be inspected for any leaks, corrosion or signs of damage in addition to the age and capacity of the unit. Water heaters will also be checked for secondary drips pans, proper TPR valve piping and that water temperatures reach a certain degree appropriate for hot water use. 
  4. Plumbing fixtures: All plumbing fixtures are inspected including sinks, toilets, tubs and showers for any leaks, damage, or signs of wear and tear. Water pressure at the fixtures is also noted. 
  5. Sewer system: The home inspector may also check the sewer system for any signs of damage or blockages where accessible. A specialized camera is often used to dive deeper into the plumbing where the naked eye cannot reach. 

Overall the home inspector will be looking out for any potential problem or safety hazards related to the plumbing system. A detailed report will be provided with photos, locations and explanations to help convey their findings. Recommendations may be provided to help the customer determine possible solutions. 

Thermal cameras and moisture meters are often used to help identify trapped or leaking water that may not be visible to the naked eye. The plumbing in your home should be inspected routinely to prevent unwanted leakage or moisture build up that can turn into a mold issue especially here in South Florida. Direct Inspect is certified and licensed to inspect your home’s plumbing system with local knowledge and expertise. We are always happy to help!

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