You should always have a property inspected before you consider buying it. A property can have myriad issues and they would crop up during a thorough inspection. The same inspection will also include checking of all potential plumbing problems. If you don’t get the property inspected, if the plumbing problems are not identified or if you simply choose to ignore them, then you are signing up to spend thousands in repairs, sooner than later.
A home inspection exercise usually involves checking all structural and integral parts of the home, including all areas of construction, adherence to building codes, validity of legal paperwork and ownership among others. The extensive inspection of the plumbing infrastructure and systems will factor in the potential problems.
• First, one must check the taps and the faucets, check the showers, the toilets and all the power connections associated with plumbing installations. Everything should be in working condition. It is quite likely that some or at least one of these many plumbing installations will have broken. The quality of plumbing could be poor, from the condition of the pipes to the type of underground pipes and sewers being used.
• One of the most common plumbing problems lies in the roof. If there’s any sign of moisture seeping out to the roof, if the gutters are clogged, if there is growth of herbs or plants or even weeds, then that raises the red flags. A concealed roof, a newly painted roof or any kind of camouflage on the roof may be an attempt to hide something.
• Look for signs of moisture damage on the walls, ceilings, cornices, floors and every other structure of the house, including the pillars, window beams, appliances and anything else that may have come in contact with moisture. If you notice damp walls, stains or just strange spots which reek of water, moisture or any kind of liquid, then you should be warned.
• From burst pipes to clogged drains, leaking pipes to corroded pipes, reduced water pressure because of faulty faucets to missing plumbing fixtures, everything is possible so be meticulous and thorough while checking for potential plumbing problems.