Plumbing inspection and why it’s just as important as a home inspection


Just like you hire professionals to conduct a house inspection before you get into a new home, you should also consider a plumbing inspection to avoid potential costly problems.

Professional plumbing inspectors are able to detect problems early on, something you may never be able to do on your own. Many times we discover leaks on the piping system and because we assume it’s something small and harmless we ignore it only to end up with an enormous problem on our hands a few weeks later. Leaking pipes can destroy walls, electrical lines, and pose a huge risk of electric shock. Leaks can also cause flooding or stagnant pools of water which can turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. This can eventually cause an outbreak of a wide range of health problems.

There are several benefits to plumbing inspection;

  • Increased confidence in the house – buying a house is a huge investment. You’re likely to spend several hundred thousand dollars in the hope that you are getting value for your money. Whether you are looking to sell the house in the future or hoping to pass it down to your children, you can’t afford to purchase a home with suspect plumbing. An inspection will leave you in full confidence of the home.
  • You will save time and money – the earlier you can identify a fitting home the better. Surely, you’d be more willing to pay if you were sure that the whole house (including the plumbing) was in perfect condition. And one way of determining the suitability of a house is carrying out a whole house plumbing inspection.
  • Save on water bills – every drop of water that drains out of the pipes is money out of your pocket; it doesn’t matter if the water spilled all over the floor. To avoid paying for water that wasn’t meaningfully used, you need a thorough plumbing inspection.
  • Convenience – with suspect plumbing, you always have to keep an eye on the pipes, the floors, and the walls for flooding or stagnant water. Is the wall absorbing the water?  Is the stagnant water attracting harmful insects? Is the water pressure too high? If the plumbing is inspected, however, and you’re sure everything is right, you’ll have peace of mind.

What does a plumbing inspection entail?

  • Carefully checking the entire piping system to uncover any leaks. Sometimes these leaks are slow drips and therefore hidden, other times it’s a steady flow. A professional inspection will reveal all leaks.
  • Checking the water pressure – pressure levels mustn’t be too low nor too high. Low pressure means you won’t be getting enough water from your taps and pressure that is too high can easily cause serious and costly damages.
  • An inspection will also tell you whether your thermal expansion tanks are working properly or if you need to replace them.
  • You’ll get to know if every part of the plumbing system is working correctly. Are there faulty parts and if so how critical is the situation? What items must be replaced immediately and which ones can be replaced later on?

Remember that the plumbing inspector is also likely to educate you on how to care for the plumbing system.

Contact A Marco Plumbers at 1-866-619-9700 for more information, or to book a home plumbing inspection today.