Do You Need a Plumbing Inspection by The Twin Plumbers?
The Twin Plumbers have performed well over 1800 home plumbing inspections, so you have come to the right place to get all your questions regarding the inspection process answered!
What is a plumbing inspection?
A Plumbing inspection is an examination of the plumbing system and appliances in your home conducted by a licensed professional. This inspection typically covers fixtures, pipes, waterlines, indoor and outdoor drainage, waste and vent systems.
Inspections and regular checkups will keep your systems running smoothly and help avoid costly emergency repairsthat could arise without proper maintenance and periodic inspections by a professional plumbing contractor.
How often do I need a plumbing inspection?
We recommend that you have your plumbing inspected and receive preventive maintenance once every 3-4 years or as soon as you purchase a home. Septic systems should be inspected and pumped at least once every 3-4 years.
What is involved in a plumbing inspection?
The plumber you select will perform a complete evaluation of the plumbing infrastructure in your home to make sure all systems are running properly. This includes checking the pipes, waterlines, heater, indoor and outdoor drainage, all plumbing fixtures and appliances. The licensed professional will look for leaks or potential leaks, examine toilets, sprinkler valves, and he will also check the water meter to make sure it is operating correctly.
How do I choose a plumbing inspector?
Ask for recommendations from friends, family, your lender, real estate agent, or the home inspector. Building contractors also have plumbers and electricians they routinely work with. Always ask any provider for recent references, particularly for the type of service that you need.
Any plumbing contractor hired should have an active licensein your state. Ask for the license number and check with the agency in your county or state that maintains these licenses to ensure that it is current and in good order. You may also want to look up the name of the plumber with organizations that he is associated with. Make sure they have all the right tools for the inspection such as a sewer inspection camera etc.
Also, consider the plumber’s service warranty before hiring him. If he can’t guarantee his work for an acceptable period, consider looking for another contractor. Unless you have very old pipes and fixtures, and your home needs extensive plumbing work, a good plumber will always return to fix a leak or a problem that was his error. Make sure he has the proper insurance such as liability and workers compensation insurance.
I’m buying a new home. Do I need an inspection?
Absolutely, It’s always a good idea to have an initial thorough inspection before purchasing a home, especially when it’s an older one. A good real estate agent will recommend it. A good time to re inspect it is after 2 to 3 years after moving in for preventative measures.
How much does a plumbing inspection cost?
Some plumbing inspectors will do a visual inspection for 89.00 to 150.00 US Dollars depending on the number of bathrooms. Others may offer to do the inspection for free hoping to get hired to serice all the repairs once the new homeowner closes escrow on the home and sometimes charge around 75.00 US Dollars for a written report fee.
We highly recommend the underground sewer line to be inspected all the way to the street, this can be a very costly repair, especially if service is needed out in the street.
The cost for a sewer camera inspection in addition to the home inspection can range between 150.00 and 300.00 US Dollars. It should include a complete DVD recording and a full report.
Who pays for the plumbing inspection?
The buyer typically pays for the home inspection, but if the repairs needed are significant, then the buyer and seller can negotiate on who will pay for the cost of the items that need to be serviced.
If you think it’s time you had your plumbing system inspected, then give Schuelke Twin Plumbers a call today!