Risks of No Pre-purchase Plumbing Inspection

Risks of No Pre-purchase Plumbing Inspection

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, correct? And to purchase a home without having a building and pest inspection performed would be crazy, right? So why on earth would you purchase a new home without investing in a pre-purchase plumbing inspection?

What homeowners don’t realise is, building and pest inspections don’t look at any of the plumbing components. No check for leaks, damaged or cracked pipes, blocked drains, poor plumbing or otherwise. While you may have peace of mind that the house is structurally sound and free from termites, there is no reassurance what so ever in regards to the plumbing, and this can have disastrous results.

At iSpecialise, we are one of only a handful of Auckland plumbers who not only provide pre-purchase plumbing inspection but also inspect all gas fitting works as well – and include this service in the costing of our inspections. As licensed gas plumbers, we can investigate and review both areas to provide complete peace of mind and fantastic value for money.

Clearly, there are benefits to booking a pre-purchase plumbing inspection in Auckland. But what are the risks of not investing in a pre-purchase plumbing inspection? Let’s take a look:

Hidden nightmares will inevitably arise

Let’s take a look at what a standard building and pest inspection covers;

  • Toilet
  • Walls
  • Roof Cavity
  • Laundry
  • Surface Water Drainage
  • Fencing & Retaining Walls
  • Under Floor Space
  • Roof Exterior
  • Paths & Driveways
  • Steps
  • Garage, Carport and Garden Shed
  • Stormwater run-off

As you can see from the table above, there is a lot that a building report doesn’t cover. So let’s take a look at what a standard building and pest inspection doesn’t cover;

  • air conditioning
  • plumbing and drainage
  • gas fitting
  • electrical and smoke detectors
  • watering systems
  • opening windows
  • appliances and whitegoods
  • footings
  • swimming pools and pool equipment
  • hazards

The lists above only touch the surface. Many other important areas are not inspected in a standard report. But let’s turn our attention purely to plumbing, drainage and gas fitting.

As concealed services, any plumbing, draining or gas fitting issue will be hidden from your eyesight when you inspect the home yourself, and even if they were visible, it’s not for the building and pest inspector to report. Moreover, think about the damage poor plumbing or gas work could do to your appliances; you may be up for plumbing/gas work repairs as well as all new appliances!

Hidden plumbing nightmares could even be the reason behind the homeowners selling the house. Don’t buy someone else’s problems! The risks of not investing in a pre-plumbing inspection simply aren’t worth it.

It may cost you tenfold in the long run

If you’re thought behind not booking a pre-purchase plumbing inspection is to save a few dollars, then it may come back to bite you in the long run. Potentially, you could be buying a home with thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars of repairs being needed.

Even if, at the time of purchase, there are no significant issues, a small leak or blocked pipe doesn’t get better over time. It only worsens and is likely to cause subsequential damage elsewhere.

The associated cost risks alone make booking a pre-purchase plumbing inspection an invaluable investment.


If you’re looking to buy a new home, then a pre-purchase plumbing inspection in Auckland is just as important as having a building and pest inspection. Unbeknown to many buyers,  building and pest inspections do not report on all areas of a home. Important areas, like plumbing, draining, gas fitting, water systems, even electrical works, are not inspected.

The consequences of not having such areas inspected can be severe and can end up costing you thousands of dollars. iSpecialise’s Pre-purchase Plumbing Inspection is a peace of mind investment. You won’t have to wonder what hidden nightmares may lie within your walls or underground in your pipes. You can rest assured you’re buying a home with no hidden plumbing, draining or gas fitting issues.

Find out more about our Pre-purchase Plumbing Inspection or call our office on 09-2322 895 to book your inspection today.

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