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Plumbing inspections look for water leaks, waste

When an AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln home inspector inspects a home, plumbing is one of the critical systems we examine for you.

One of the first things we will do is to check the water supply lines and the waste and vent lines to look for leaks or damaged materials. According to the American Water Works Association, almost 15 percent of all the water used in a typical household is wasted through plumbing leaks, leaky faucets and wasted water.

AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln plumbing inspectionTo inspect their operation and find leaks, the inspector will fill sinks and bathtubs, run showers, flush toilets and run the dishwasher. Finding and fixing leaks will prevent water damage and possible mold issues, which may go unseen by the average home owner/buyer.

During the inspection, we will check the type and condition of your water pipes. These are usually made of copper, plastic or galvanized steel. Copper is the most desirable material and galvanized steel the least desirable.

Plumbing waste lines are usually made of cast iron, galvanized, lead, copper and plastic. The waste lines are inspected for proper drainage, venting, condition/damage and leaking.

Inspection of the water heater is a very important part of the home inspection process. We will check for gas and carbon monoxide leaks. The water heater exhaust flue will be inspected for proper connections and venting.

When the inspection is complete, we will walk you through the plumbing functions of the home, discuss any issues and answer your questions.