Why Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspections are So Important
If you are buying a home, it makes perfect sense to get a building and pest control report prior to purchase. However, did you know that a building inspection does NOT cover hidden and underground plumbing.
For peace of mind, it is critical that you undertake a pre-purchase plumbing inspection. It would be a tragedy to move in and suddenly discover a nasty surprise of an expensive plumbing problem.
Our figures show that 94% of pre-purchase plumbing inspections reveal one or more plumbing problems, whether it be tree roots in the storm water drains or perhaps the hot water system may look fine on the outside but internally the plumbing heater has rusted away.
Who Completes the Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection?
The Pre-Purchase Inspection is only undertaken by one of our experienced plumbers. This ensures that you receive a comprehensive review of the pre-existing plumbing in your potential new home.
Please remember that the building inspection examines the structural integrity of the home. This is performed by a builder who looks for building problems not plumbing problems.
When purchasing a new property, it is vital that you are aware of all costs and the issues your potential new home may have. Plumbing is an expensive aspect, so it is critical that you know of any problems that might require expensive repair / maintenance.
What does the Inspection Involve ?
Builders may check if the taps work or if the toilets flush, but it is unlikely that will give you a full cost analysis of any plumbing repairs that are required. If these issues are missed, it can end up costing you a fortune in the future.
Identification of any issues prior to signing legal completion papers, ensures the current homeowner is responsible for fixing any issues prior to you moving in.
Again, it is important to stress that only an experienced plumber is qualified to assess the quality of the plumbing system.
To ensure an accurate assessment, the plumber will use a variety of strategies to formulate the report. We may suggest undertaking a CCTV survey of the drains to get a clear image of the drain structure. A CCTV Camera Inspection can provide conclusive proof of any issues. It is possible to produce a clear digital video and image of any drains.
What does the Pre-Purchase Plumbing Report detail?
- Hot water systems that need to be replaced
- Old, broken and leaking tap ware and fixtures.
- Condition of pipes for sink, vanities and laundry tubs
- Bad water pressure
- Issues with any toilets in the house
- Blocked, broken or faulty sewer pipes
- Storm water pipe issues
- Condition of storm water drainage system
- Rusty water pipes with or without leaks
To give you complete peace of mind a pre-purchase plumbing review, will ensure that any plumbing issues though out the house are detected.
Similarly, this includes all the unseen underground pipe work.
Drainage Camera. Out latest CCTV Drain cameras can detect any blockages or root damage from trees. Furthermore, if required we can plot the location of your drains
By being fully informed you can make accurate decisions and avoid any potentially large plumbing bills prior to signing any contracts.
If you want further information, please do not hesitate to call us