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Plumbing Inspection

In the realm of assessing a home's overall condition, plumbing inspections take center stage. A meticulous plumbing examination can be the difference between early issue detection and costly repairs down the line. This comprehensive guide is tailored for your home inspection company, ensuring no aspect of the plumbing system escapes scrutiny.


Plumbing Inspection Readiness: Tools and Information Gathering

To begin, assemble the necessary tools: a flashlight, screwdrivers, plunger, water pressure gauge, leak detection dye, and a camera for documentation. Before diving into the inspection, collect pertinent plumbing history from the homeowner and check for previous plumbing permits or repairs.

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Exterior Plumbing Assessment: Outdoor Faucets, Sewer, Septic, and Irrigation

Outdoors, focus on checking outdoor faucets for leaks, ensuring they're securely attached, and confirming frost-free hose bibs in colder climates. Inspect sewer and septic systems for signs of backup or septic tank issues and investigate potential issues like odors and wet areas in the yard. Additionally, evaluate irrigation systems by inspecting sprinkler heads and pipes for leaks and verifying proper water distribution.

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Inside Plumbing Examination: Water Supply, Drainage, Water Heater, Filtration, Sump Pump

Indoors, examine water supply lines for leaks, corrosion, or damage. Pay attention to shut-off valves' condition and confirm proper water pressure at fixtures. Check drainage systems for clogs and leaks, ensuring that sinks and bathtubs drain effectively, and evaluate toilet flushing and sealing. Scrutinize the water heater's condition, including the tank, temperature and pressure relief valve, and signs of sediment buildup or corrosion. For homes with water filtration or softening systems, inspect them for leaks, clogs, or maintenance requirements. In areas prone to flooding, assess the sump pump's functionality and examine discharge lines for proper drainage.

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Bathroom and Kitchen Fixture Evaluation: Faucets, Sinks, Showers, Toilets, and More

This section focuses on bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Inspect faucets for leaks and their operational status. Evaluate the condition of sinks, showers, and bathtubs. Verify the functionality of garbage disposals and check toilets for leaks at the base or tank, ensuring proper flushing and seal conditions.

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Inspection Report and Documentation: Summarizing Findings and Recommendations

Recording your findings is paramount. Document observations, including photographs, and describe any issues or areas requiring repairs. Make recommendations for necessary repairs or maintenance and prioritize issues based on their severity. Conclude the inspection by creating a clear and concise plumbing inspection summary for the client.

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