Elements of a home inspection: Plumbing
The home plumbing inspection includes determining the types of plumbing supply/waste lines that are present and their condition. Testing for usable water flow and drainage at all fixtures is performed. AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln will verify the presence of hot and cold water at their correct locations.
A general plumbing inspection will review:
- Water distribution system.
- Interior water piping.
- Exterior hose bibs.
- Venting system.
- Bathtubs and showers.
- Water heater.
- Gas service.
- Waste system and piping.
Large amounts of water are run through the waste system to see if there are slow drains or blockages in the system. In bathrooms, we will flush all toilets 3-4 times to verify proper operation. Tubs and sinks are filled, drained and reviewed to determine present of active leaking. Showers will be run for approximately 15 minutes and reviewed. Floor drains are not within the scope of these inspections.
We cannot review parts of the plumbing system that are concealed.
If you’re buying a home that has been vacant for an extended period of time, AmeriSpec Omaha and Lincoln recommends that home buyers get a detailed review of the plumbing system by a licensed plumber. Debris left over from the previous owners can solidify in waste lines. This debris can break apart and clog pipes after the new owners move in and begin running water through the pipes again.