With older homes it is advisable to get a plumbing inspection before you buy a property. An expert plumbing inspector will identify any issues with pipes, sinks, taps, toilets, water heater and more. Finding and repairing them after you have purchased the property can be very costly.
Sure, you can check things yourself. You can walk around the property, flush the toilets, turn on some taps and check for leaks. But without professional tools and experience, it’s likely you will miss things that might turn out to be important later on.
Importantly, you may find plumbing issues yourself that appear major, like brown water, but are easy to fix, and a professional plumber will know this. Conversely, you may find issues that seem to small, but your plumbing inspector will see as indication for a bigger issue that may affect the value of your new home or investment.
Specifically, the plumber will check the water heater. He will determine the age and condition of water heater and detect any leaks. This way, you will know whether you are looking at 2, 5 or 10 years before replacing the water heater, which is a costly item.
An electrical inspection and a plumbing inspection are not part of a pre-purchase property inspection, as defined by Australian Standard AS 4349.1 Inspection of Buildings, which is the minimum standard that all building inspection companies must comply with.
Plumbing, drainage and gas need to be tested by a fully qualified and appropriately licensed plumber, using specialised equipment to determine their true condition, compliance and safety aspects. This is something that a regular building inspector is not qualified or permitted to do.
If you require a plumbing inspection talk to us at at BuildandPest.com when you book your pre-purchase home inspection. We can provide you with further information and we may be able to refer you to a reliable plumbing contractor.