Real Estate Inspections

Inspecting the plumbing of a potential real estate purchase can be crucial to identifying potential problems and avoiding costly surprises down the road. Here’s a breakdown of what you can do:


  • Water meter and shut-off valve: Locate the water meter and check if the shut-off valve is working properly. This will be essential in case of leaks.
  • Leaks and drips: Inspect all faucets, sinks, showerheads, and toilets for leaks or drips. Check underneath sinks and around the base of toilets for any signs of moisture damage.
  • Water pressure: Turn on multiple taps simultaneously to see if the water pressure seems adequate.
  • Drainage: Flush toilets and run water in sinks and tubs to ensure proper drainage. Slow drainage could indicate clogs or bigger issues.

Information gathering:

  • Lead pipes: Inquire about the presence of lead pipes in the plumbing system. Lead can be a health hazard, and replacing lead pipes can be expensive.
  • Sewage system: Find out if the property is connected to a municipal sewer system or has a septic tank. If it’s a septic tank, ask about its maintenance history and potential issues. A camera drain inspection is recommended whether you are connected to a municipal sewer or a septic tank.

Considering a professional inspection:

A professional plumber can provide a much more comprehensive inspection, including:

  • Inspecting the entire plumbing system: This may involve using specialized tools to assess the condition of pipes, drains, and vents.
  • Checking the sewer line: A professional can inspect the sewer line for blockages, cracks, or root intrusion with a camera.

While a self-inspection can give you a basic idea of the plumbing’s condition, a professional inspection is highly recommended for uncovering hidden problems and getting a more accurate picture of potential repair costs.

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