Consumers should not service their own appliances, but have a qualified plumber, heating contractor or gas company technician perform an inspection every year. –CPSC Chair Ann Brown
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent agency of the United States government. Much of its research centers on preventing injury and death caused by faulty household appliances. Statistically, an alarming number of injuries and property damage could have been prevented with regular maintenance and service inspections.
What You Need to Know
The person who inspects your home prior to the closing may not be a professional plumber. He or she may have been a general contractor in another life, but a licensed and experienced professional plumber can catch what the inspector missed. Here are the plumbing features you need to know about before you buy a home:
- Main sewer line – Find out what materials were used and if there are signs of deterioration. If one or more sections of the line are decaying, you could be looking at a major repair.
- Toilets – Even a tiny leak can become a big problem. Look for discoloration, warping, or wetness at the base of the toilet. Test the floor with your weight to see if it “gives” when you push. The toilet should not move, slide, or rock under your weight.
- Water heater – Study the tank’s location. If it leaks, what kind of surrounding damage could occur to walls, flooring, carpet? If the water heater is in a high-risk area, consider re-installing it. Research the age of the water heater and ensure it’s up to code, works safely, and can handle whole-house hot water requirements.
What’s Your Home Hiding?
If you’re buying a “new” home, you need to flush those skeletons out of the house – literally. If you’re selling your house, you want to find and fix any red flags before the closing with a professional plumbing inspection from Bradbury Brothers.