Plumbing Inspection Services from Washington Energy

  • Residential home plumbing inspections prevent disasters in plumbing and water heating systems before they strike
  • Pre-Sale home plumbing inspection – know the plumbing before you buy your home
  • Sewer line inspection
  • Commercial plumbing and boiler or water heater inspection

Residential home plumbing inspection

Whether you have a condo, townhouse, apartment or single family home, everyone has plumbing. The components of your plumbing system, like the parts of your car, can and will fail over time. A plumbing inspection including water heater and sewer line inspection can help you avoid potential flooding and other issues before they strike.

Some of the most common parts of your plumbing system that can fail are:

  1. Water Supply Lines, particularly if they are not steel.
  2. Drain lines and sewer piping
  3. Shower, faucet and tub components
  4. Vents, traps and waste water disposals

These parts of your system can clog, wear, and in the case of sewer lines, get damaged by tree roots. One recent customer had a single water supply line break under the kitchen sink. The water ran for about one hour before it was discovered. Fortunately the homeowner had insurance, but the cost to repair the damage to that room, the room below it and personal items was almost $20,000. That water supply line had a 12 year warranty, and it failed at 12 years and 3 months.

New Home Plumbing Inspection

While most people hire an inspector to review homes during the buying process, older homes can benefit from having the plumbing inspected by a plumber. Before you negotiate your final price, you should know all about the plumbing in your new home. For example, most general inspectors do a visual inspection of fixtures and water heater, but may not see the bigger more important issues with the house. For example, it may require a video inspection of sewer and drain can spot major issues with your side sewer that can cost thousands of dollars later. You want to know what type of piping you have in the house and whether any of it is a known risk for failure such as Kitec or Orangeburg pipe. Hiring a plumber to do a separate inspection at a deeper level can pay off.

Frequently Asked Plumbing Inspection Questions

What does a Plumbing Inspection consist of?

Multi-point inspection of all fixtures and faucets with a written checklist report, including:

  1. Water heater checked for age, code violations and any sign of leaking.
  2. Kitchen checked for any signs of leaking, all emergency shut offs,  water lines connecting to dish washer , faucet and ice maker, exposed drain line, garbage disposal inside and out(proper operation) and faucet function.
  3. Bathroom toilet inspection and leak detection test, check rim flush, test shower valve and tub drain, sink leakage and drain check.
  4. Laundry room hoses
  5. Water meter to ensure it isn’t freely spinning, ensure PSI isn’t over 80 pounds, visually inspect outside hose bibs and visually inspect gutters.
  6. Crawl space check for signs of leaking.

You will receive a written checklist report on the health of your plumbing, noting items that are in good condition and recommending improvements where needed. You are under no obligation to have any additional work performed by Washington Energy Services, however, we can provide a bid and do needed plumbing work if you wish.

This residential plumbing inspection costs $99 plus tax. For a residential, new home or commercial plumbing and water heater inspection, call 800-398-4663.

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