A lot of first-time homebuyers get so excited about buying a home that they overlook some details along the way. Plus, there are some states where a home inspection isn’t required by law during the sale of a home, which can lead some buyers to assume that they won’t need it. You should never skip a home inspection when you are buying a house, however, because it can end up costing you way more in the long run.
In addition to a traditional home inspection, you should consider other types of inspections that are available. Hiring a licensed plumber for a plumbing inspection should be at the top of your list.
Why Do I Need a Plumbing Inspection?
Even if the home inspector doesn’t report any visual issues, you should still have an inspection done on the plumbing in the home by a licensed plumber. This is one of the systems that you can’t really see behind the walls and floors, so you can’t guarantee that it is in good working order without a proper inspection.
What’s more, is that new homes tend to have leaks simply due to new fittings that may not have sealed correctly. Although the systems were installed professionally and inspected, they haven’t been used on a daily basis yet, so there may be leaks or issues that have gone undetected. Existing homes also have their own concerns to consider, including things like age and wear. Before you buy a new home, pros recommend testing and inspections for:
- Water Heaters: These are a major investment. Typically, a water heater lasts about 10 years. It could also have additional issues or considerations based on where it is installed. Look at this, including what problems could be created from a leak.
- Sewer Lines: You should have a camera scope performed on the main sewer line of the home to ensure there are no collapsed pipes, roots, or corrosion that need to be addressed.
- Toilets: Something as simple as flushing the toilets (as long as the water is on) when inspecting a home can go a long way. Look for rocking or leaks around the base of the toilet, as well.
- Water Pressure: Testing the water pressure is about more than finding out whether you can get a good shower. Pressure issues could be a sign of bigger problems, and if you don’t have them addressed immediately, they could get much worse by the time you move in and get settled.
Plumbing is Expensive
Why does it matter if you do this before you buy a home? Most plumbing repairs cost hundreds of dollars, which you probably won’t have after you’ve finalized your home purchase. Here are some national averages for typical plumbing repairs:
- Sewer mainline repairs: $2,500
- Water heater repairs: $550
- Water heater installation: $750-$5,000
- Water pressure regulator/related issues: $250-$500
- Plumber hourly labor: $45-$200 per hour
Considering that the national average is about $165 for an inspection by a licensed plumber, it makes far more sense to have the inspection done so that the seller can fix any issues as a contingency of the sale. That way, you’re not left holding the towel when something goes wrong.