When you are getting ready to sell your home, scheduling a plumbing inspection can save you a lot of time and frustration. Every house must undergo a complete examination when being sold, and one of the main focal points to this lengthy process is the plumbing inspection. But you can eliminate any surprises and even issues that could be a deal-breaker for a buyer by calling the pros at Flow Plumbing for a plumbing inspection.
What The Home Inspector Will Be Looking For
A home inspector is hired to ensure that every aspect of a home is functional before it is sold. And in the case of plumbing, there are many things to check out from the water supply coming into your home to the drain lines that remove waste and dirty water. Any part of your plumbing that is exposed is fair game for the inspector’s close examination.
The inspector will begin where the water is entering your home on the supply side of your plumbing system. If your area requires any backflow prevention or pressure regulator, those will be reviewed for function and being up to date with any local annual inspections that are required. Inside your home, each faucet and shower will be checked to make sure that it is fully functional and not leaking. Next, toilets are flushed to confirm that they flush completely, and the tank refills to an appropriate level. And any other spigots or hose bibs on the outside of your home will also be checked for leaks and proper function.
During the testing of each faucet and shower, the inspector will also note each drain’s function. Any slow clearing drains will be notated. And any leaks under sinks will also be included in the list of items that require repair. In most cases, these items are not deal breakers for a buyer, but the buyer will request that you have them repaired or make an allowance in the cost of the home to cover the repairs.
Your home’s water heater is the one major appliance that is part of the plumbing inspection. The inspector will look for leaks in the plumbing pipes, valves, or in the holding tank of the unit. He or she might also test the drain valve to make sure that it works correctly and that there is not a lot of sediment that pours out when the drain is opened.
If you have had any signs of plumbing issues in the last year, it is wise to call (214) 388-8838 to schedule a complete plumbing inspection from the pros at Flow Plumbing. Our licensed plumber will evaluate your entire plumbing system and provide you with a list of items that will appear on the home inspectors list and could create an issue when you sell the house.
We will also make suggestions on any fixtures or areas that could become a problem in the next few months. Our list could include things like an old toilet or shower valve that is functional but clearly reaching the end of its life. These things might not be an issue at the immediate time, but if your home is on the market for a few months, it could become a problem if one of these items fails.
Make A Good Impression
Home inspectors are people too, and they notice little signs that a home is well cared for. If your tub or shower looks dingy, the inspector might look a little harder than usual to find issues. So give everything a deep cleaning before the inspection. Regrout tile if there is grout missing or it looks dirty. Take the time to remove mineral buildup from faucets and showerheads, and dust off cobwebs from your water heater. All of these small tasks will show let the home inspector know that you have been keeping up with regular maintenance and care of your home and the plumbing system.
Scheduling a plumbing inspection before you sell your home is a great way to be sure that everything more forward quickly and smoothly when an offer comes in on your property. And the team at Flow Plumbing is well qualified to examine your plumbing system to ensure that it is completely functional and that you have nothing to worry about when the home inspector arrives.