Homeowners Checklist, what to look for during an inspection

You don’t have to be an expert plumber in order to do a basic plumbing inspection at your house. Basic plumbing inspection lets you detect any possible leaking problems and any potential plumbing problem in your property. They can help you detect if an issue would be a quick fix or need an expert plumber to resolve. This also helps in fixing the issue before it gets worse.

Here are things that you need to look out for during a plumbing inspection:

1. Check your taps and fixtures in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. – Check if taps are easy to turn on and off. Check if there are any leaks. Make sure also that there are no leaks on the base of the fixtures. The most common areas where leaks occur is on the Flexi hoses underneath the fixtures. Flush all toilets and check if there are any leaks on the base of the toilet. Run the cold and hot water and check if they are working properly. Turn the shower on and off and check if the shower head is not dripping when turned off. Partially fill the bathtub and the laundry tub and check if the water drains properly.

flexi hose showing signs of wear and tear

2. Check for any water discolouration. – Run the water for at least 5 minutes to check if there is any discolouration. Any discolouration on the water could be a sign of a plumbing issue.

kitchen sink in severe condition

3. Check your water pressure. – Check if water is flowing adequately and correctly on taps. A low water pressure might indicate a leaking or blocked pipe. A high water pressure might also cause damage to pipes.

water pressure gauge

4. Check for water moisture and watermarks – Check your cupboards, vanities, and pipes for moisture and watermarks. A water leak would leave traces of watermarks on your cupboards, vanities, and walls. If you see any water moisture on the walls or marks on these areas, they could be signs of a hidden leak.

leaking drain plug in a rain2main

5. Check your Hot Water System. – Check if you are getting the correct temperature on your hot water. Is the water too hot or barely lukewarm? Check how old your hot water system is. Generally, hot water systems have a lifespan of 10 years. Try also to remember when was the last time that you had your Hot Water System serviced. For any Hot Water System below 10 years old, it’s recommended to have it serviced at least once every 2 years. If it’s more than 10 years old, you must have it serviced every 5 years.

draining of a hot water tank as a part of service

6. Check your pipes, gutters, and drains. – Check your pipes if they have any leaks. If you still have lead pipes in your plumbing system, they would need to be replaced since they pose a health hazard. Observe if water drains properly in your kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. Check for any dampness and soft ground near the sewer and stormwater drains. They could be a sign of block drainage. Make sure also that downpipes go directly to the stormwater drains and not on the ground.

Overflow Relief Gully (ORG) with signs of drainage problem

If you observe any plumbing issues during the inspection, don’t hesitate to call us at 13 10 91 to fix the problem right away.

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