5 Plumbing Aspects That A Home Inspection Report Should Cover

A home inspection report describes a property's condition at the inspection time. A home inspection should include the following parts of the plumbing system.

1. The Main Water Shut-off Valve

The home inspector will identify the location and condition of the main shut-off valve. The inspection is necessary to confirm that the valve is operational. For example, malfunctioning valves can allow water to pass through even when off.

All the water in your house passes through the main shut-off valve. You close the main shut-off valve to cut off the water supply to your house. The valve's function is necessary in case of an emergency. For example, the valve allows you to cut the water supply to your house in case a pipe bursts in the house.

2. The Main Fuel Shut-off Valve

The main fuel shut-off valve does for fuel what the main water shut-off valve does for water. The stakes are arguably higher with a malfunctioning fuel shut-off valve than a water shut-off valve.

For example, you may need to turn off the gas supply to your house if a gas appliance malfunctions. You need a safe and operational shut-off valve in such a case. Thus, your home inspector should test and confirm the valve's operation.

3. The Interior Water Supply

Water supply inside the house is a big deal. After all, you need water to sleep, bathe, and clean, among other things. Therefore, the inspection cannot be complete without the inspector confirming that:

  • All the fixtures and faucets have water
  • No fixtures and faucets leak water when you turn them off
  • The sinks, tubs, and showers are functionally sound

The inspection report will let you know whether you can use the water fixtures as usual.

4. The Toilets

The toilet is also a critical part of the plumbing system alongside the shower. The inspector will mostly concern themselves with the toilet's flushing ability. If the toilet flushes, as it should, then it means it gets adequate water, and its flushing mechanism is sound.

5. The Drainage System

Lastly, the home inspection also includes assessing the drainage system, which handles all the wastes you generate in the house. For example, the inspection report should tell you:

  • Whether wastes flow down the drain or something has blocked the system
  • Whether the house has adequate drainage vents
  • Whether the drainage sump pump is operational

A malfunctioning or inadequate drainage system can render your house inhabitable and dangerous. These assessments are necessary to prevent such disasters. 

For more information, contact an inspection company, such as Have It Inspected Property Solutions.