If you’re thinking about buying a home in Canada, a thorough plumbing inspection is a must. While a typical home inspection is a good start, there are many things that may not be picked up—especially where plumbing is concerned. Plumbing inspections are especially important in Canada, where temperatures can frequently reach below freezing. You need to make sure your water and drain lines are up to par and won’t freeze or leak when the temperature drops. But no matter where you live, there are many reasons why a plumbing inspection is a good idea.
Regular Home Inspections Are Limited
A regular home inspection is an excellent starting point but, depending on the inspector, it may be limited in scope and precision. Good home inspectors will look for basic plumbing issues, but even the best don’t usually perform plumbing-specific inspections. So, unless they see a pipe that's visibly leaking or obviously damaged, they might miss problems that a trained plumber would catch. In addition, if a homeowner resists the idea of a plumbing inspection, it could be a red flag or a sign they know there’s a problem that might not be discovered during a regular inspection. When you add a plumbing inspection to your pre-sale requirements, you lessen the chance of surprise repairs and make the homebuying experience better for everyone.
Video Inspection of Plumbing
Video recordings are another negotiating tool that plumbing inspections can provide. Most inspectors make video recordings to support their findings and these recordings can be a valuable resource if something needs to be replaced or repaired. However, the only way to get a video inspection of your plumbing is to have a qualified plumber or plumbing inspector check out the house you’re interested in buying. Because some plumbing problems may be difficult to explain to a non-plumber, a video recording can help give you and the seller a better overall understanding of any issues that might exist.
Perhaps the most important goal of a plumbing inspection is detecting hidden or hard to catch leaks. Plumbing leaks can occur anywhere including behind a wall, in the attic, or even underground. Depending on how old the house is, it’s possible that leaks could’ve developed as a result of normal wear and tear, shifting ground, or even remodeling accidents. A skilled, qualified plumbing inspector knows how to look for signs that may indicate a hidden leak. They’ll search for the tell-tale signs of moisture using their eyes, ears, and technological helpers like soil probes, acoustic listening devices, and drain video inspection equipment.
Get a Professional Plumbing Inspection
If you want plumbing inspectors you can depend on, look no further than Mr. Rooter Plumbing. With multiple locations around the country, Mr. Rooter can help you make an informed decision when you’re in the market to buy a house. Find a location near you and schedule an inspection or call us today at (855) 591-0128. Whether you’re looking to buy a modern beauty or a stately classic, let Mr. Rooter help you eliminate the guesswork when it comes to your new home’s plumbing.