If you are in the midst of purchasing a new or resale home, condo or cottage, we highly recommend you having the plumbing system professionally inspected during your home inspection. Plumbing inspections are not typically inspected in-depth and can lead to expensive repairs soon after you take possession.
Several questions that you should ask your plumbing/home inspector should include:
- Are you licensed?
- Are you insured?
- Do you have a quality guarantee for your work? If so, how long am I guaranteed for?
- Are you a part of the Better Business Bureau?
- Can you give me an estimate?
- Do you have 24 hour service?
If the plumber you have chosen answers any of these questions with a “no”, you should be weary of their service. You would rather spend more money once, then less money over and over again for poor service. If the plumber offers a free consultation, watch to see if they look for leakage in faucets and showers, as well as under sinks. They should test your water pressure and identify the types of pipes that you have in your house. Make sure that the inspector looks for the location of the main water shut-off valve, and that, if they are to do any repairs that it is shut off.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions while the inspector is going throughout your house; after all, it is your house! Ask questions like:
- How long will it be before I have to replace this?
- If I do have to replace it, what will that cost me?
- Is there anything compromising the foundation of my house (ie. Leakage around the foundation)
- If there is leakage, am I retaining mould or mildew?
- Would it be cheaper if I provided you with the materials?
These are all valid questions that the plumbing inspector should be able to provide you information with, and no matter the answer they give you, it’s always beneficial to further research it yourself to ensure the best quality service and effort!