Buying or Selling A Home – Get A Plumbing Inspection

Why You Need A Home Inspection

I can’t speak highly enough about the inherent value of a good home inspection.  You find the home of your dreams, walk through it, picture yourself living there, and get excited over the prospect of closing day.

Unfortunately, many houses may hold dark secrets.  I’m not talking about a decaying corpse in the attic or the fact that it is built on an old Indian burial ground (watch POLTERGEIST to see how that one turns out).  I’m talking about problems which may not be readily apparent, such as a roof that leaks when it rains, or basement flooding, or perhaps a toilet that doesn’t have a lot of water pressure behind it, plumbing leaks, or structural beams that may be weak or otherwise compromised.

There is an answer to this problem, however, namely an entire industry that exists to know what to look for and where to look for it.  The Home inspection Industry.  These are the guys you should hire before your closing date to go through your house and look for any problems that you may not be aware of.

Almost every property, even new construction, has some kind of issue that should probably be addressed before closing, and sellers are not above trying to hide or disguise flaws so they don’t have to pony up the money to pay for fixing it.

Most inspectors will admit to a serious distaste for new paint on a property, as it is commonly used to cover up problems caused by water damage.  Leaking water can rust metal, rot wood and cause major damage over time. An inexperienced inspector can be fooled by a fresh coat of paint that hides a serious and expensive problem.

Becoming an inspector isn’t just something that you apply for.  It requires 400 hours of technical instruction, and only about 30% of students earn a final passing grade.  The education process is completed through fieldwork and real world experience, usually through becoming an apprentice with an established inspection company.

Getting Through The Home Inspection

Getting Through A Home Inspection

Inspectors typically focus on certain areas of the home prone to needing extensive repair, from foundation and roofing to plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems.  However a good inspector will check out every power outlet and switch, virtually every detail of the home they have been assigned to inspect.

Buyers have a right to know about any defects or deficiencies in the property they are buying, and while not every problem is a deal breaker, some may actually cause the seller to modify his asking price or agree to do work on the property before closing or as a condition of the closing.

Home inspections may run from as little as $250 to as much as $600 for larger properties.  Home inspectors are different from appraisers in that they do not assign any sort of monetary value to the home.  Inspectors are merely responsible for pointing out problems or potential problems to concerned buyers.

Nearly all home buyers hire a professional home inspector to take a close look at their new house before closing. You can speed things along by analyzing the condition of your home and making necessary repairs now, before the house is under contract.

Plumbing Problems

Fix leaks long before the home inspection takes place. The inspector will check water pressure by turning on multiple faucets and flushing toilets at the same time. The inspector will also run the dishwasher.

The home inspector might check the septic system. One method uses dyes that are flushed down a stool. The inspector waits to see if the dye surfaces on top of the septic drainfield, which would indicate a drainage problem.

Many older homes may not be connected to a sewer system. Get a sewer inspection. Modern technology calls for a digital camera to be inserted into the sewer line and pushed through to the main line.

Simply call a Minnesota plumber and ask if the contractor can use a camera to inspect the sewer.  The plumbing company inserts a snake attached to a small video camera into the clean-out and snakes the camera through the sewer. You can watch the image on a monitor.

Not only will the plumbing company find out if the sewer line is clean or clogged, but the inspection will disclose the condition of the sewer. Ask the contractor to tell you what kind of material was used to construct the sewer line and whether that type of material is considered good construction today.

If your inspector turns up evidence of plumbing problems, it is a good idea to contact a Minnesota Plumbing Contractor to make the necessary plumbing repairs.

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