Friday, July 7, 2017

Home Inspection - Plumbing Drains

Home Inspection - Plumbing Drains




Good afternoon everyone, hope you've had a good week.

I had a home inspection just a couple of days ago and thought of a couple things I wanted to share with you.

Remember a home inspector is going to go through a home and do a visual inspection and an inspection on readily accessible areas. He's not going to get down into the nitty gritty in a lot of things.

So with plumbing the first thing a home inspector will typically do is he'll go in and he'll plug the sink, shower, and bathtub drains and fill those up with water and then he'll see how they drain. If there's a problem he'll let you know. Now he's probably not going to be opening p-traps and doing some of those things to figure out why the problem is there. You need to realize that you may have additional costs.

If there's just one or two drains that drain slow it may just be a venting problem or possibly a p-trap problem, maybe it was plugged up.

If you start getting a lot of them draining slow you may have a problem going out of the house through the main line out into the sewer. Realize that some of these things you may have to get someone who is more skilled in something like putting a camera into your sewer line and out to the main to see if there's a problem and then have them get with you so you know what the costs are.

Anyway just realize that the big thing is, a home inspector is just going to do a visual inspection and the readily accessible things. He'll give you some information but you may have to deal with other things depending on the story the drains tell.

Always do a home inspection though, get with a good realtor so you can negotiate some costs if you do have extra costs and minimize your problems. You can't get rid of all your problems, sorry, but at least you can minimize them.

Have a great weekend and talk to you soon!









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