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What is a Plumbing Inspection and Why Should I Get One?

Summary

There are many ways to protect your home. Some are obvious, like keeping your roof in good repair and keeping your siding and paint in good condition. Some are less obvious. For example, have you considered getting a plumbing inspection for your home lately? A comprehensive plumbing inspection report can help you catch small problems before they become big ones, saving you money and potential inconvenience.

In this article, we'll examine many different aspects of getting your home's plumbing inspected.

Table of Contents

  • What is a plumbing inspection?
  • Why should you get a plumbing inspection?
  • Who can do a plumbing inspection?
  • What types of plumbing inspections are there?
  • What's included with a plumbing inspection?
  • How much will a plumbing inspection cost?
  • How often should I have a plumbing inspection done?

What is a plumbing inspection?

A plumbing inspection is a comprehensive look at your plumbing system. In a professional plumbing inspection, the inspector will examine these items and systems:

  • Indoor and outdoor plumbing pipes, including supply lines and sewage lines.
  • Hose bibs, both outdoors and in the laundry room
  • Sinks and bathtubs
  • Faucets and showers
  • Toilets
  • Water heaters

Why should you get a plumbing inspection?

If you're buying a home, you may think that the home inspection included a comprehensive plumbing inspection. But the home plumbing inspection performed during a typical home inspection usually consists of only three points: checking to see that drains empty, toilets flush, and taps work. The plumbing inspection checklist for a comprehensive plumbing inspection performed by a licensed plumber will cover many more points.

Here are four reasons why you'll want a professional inspection.

You're buying a home

As we just discussed, a regular home inspection can't compare to a thorough professional plumbing inspection. When you're making a big investment, particularly in an older home, it pays to catch potential problems before you sign on the dotted line.

You're selling your home

Plumbing inspections can be a useful selling point for prospective buyers. You'll be able to prove beyond a doubt that your plumbing systems, sewer lines, and all other aspects of your home's plumbing are in tip-top shape.

You want to avoid costly plumbing emergencies

The careful homeowner doesn't wait for systems to fail. Regular plumbing inspections can prevent small problems from becoming large ones.

You want to protect your home

When you consider everything, this is probably the best reason of all for having your plumbing systems inspected. The damage that even a small leak or clogged drain can cause may be extensive, hard to trace, and difficult to repair. More costly than a plumbing inspection, too, most likely!

Who can do a plumbing inspection?

Don't trust anyone but a professional plumber and licensed plumbing companies to perform plumbing inspections. They have the expertise, tools, and experience to do the job properly and provide you with a comprehensive look at your plumbing system.

What types of plumbing inspections are there?

A visual inspection is the most common type of professional inspection. As the name suggests, the plumber will do a visual inspection of all water and sewer fittings to check for leaks or signs of leakage. In addition, they'll check that all your drains and drainage systems are working and that appliances, like your water heater, are properly connected.

The next step up is a camera inspection. Using compact high-resolution cameras, the plumber can inspect the inside of pipes, so that issues with supply lines or your sewer line can be identified. A camera inspection can often detect future drain blockage. It's a comprehensive way to inspect your plumbing system.

What's included in a plumbing inspection?

Here's what you can expect plumbing inspectors to check out during the inspection.

Inspect all points where water flows through your home.

The plumber performing the inspection will inspect sinks, toilets, and your pipes and lines, looking for leaks, damaged fittings, or other potential problems.

Examine outdoor plumbing fixtures.

Outdoor faucets and fittings will be inspected for proper operation and freeze protection.

Inspect your water heater.

The plumber will perform a comprehensive inspection of the connections, pressure relief valves, and other fittings for the water heater.

Examine the main sewer line and check the cleanout access.

A camera may be required to fully inspect the sewer line.

How much will a plumbing inspection cost?

Plumbing professionals will charge different amounts based on the work that's included in your plumbing inspection. Let's examine some typical costs.

Typical plumbing inspection costs

Nationwide, the average cost for a plumbing inspection is about $200.

  • A visual inspection, discussed above, will be on the lower end of the range.
  • Inspections that require cameras, will be more expensive. In some cases as much as $500.

Typical plumbing repair costs

If you find out that you require plumbing repairs, here are some typical costs. Remember, even an expensive repair will probably result in less expense later on. Prices can vary, depending on the difficulty of the work being completed.

  • Unclogging drains - $175
  • Removing objects from drain lines - $100-$300
  • Clearing sewer lines - $75-$200
  • Sewer line repair $750-$2000
  • Sewer line replacement - $7000+

How often should I have my plumbing inspected?

Most pros suggest that you have a plumbing inspection of your home every two years. If you have an older home, you should have it inspected more often. Many professionals suggest annual checkups for homes that are more than 40 years old.

Count on us for plumbing help

By having a regular plumbing inspection performed, you’ll ensure that your plumbing system is well-maintained in 2021, and for years to come. But to get the best job done, you need professionals with experience in all aspects of home plumbing.

If you are located in Dallas / Fort Worth area and you're looking for a plumbing inspection there’s one smart place to call. At Team Enoch, we have the expertise and trained professionals you need to diagnose, fix, and correct problems, small or large, so that your plumbing system is always in good repair. And when you’re ready for improvements and upgrades, we’re ready to help as well!

 Contact us for all your plumbing, HVAC, roofing, and electrical needs. Remember, estimates are always free!

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