Auckland Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection Specialists

Need Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspections in Auckland? Call iSpecialise!

Don’t buy a lemon! Plumbing problems in your new home can cost THOUSANDS. Have peace of mind knowing you are not purchasing a lemon with our iInspect Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection Service.

Whether you are ready to purchase your first home, or you are a real estate veteran, a pre-purchase plumbing inspection can be of benefit to you!

iSpecialise can confidently check what your building inspector can’t. Our iInspect Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection service will review and test all areas of plumbing to ensure your potential new home is free of any plumbing issues.

Pre-purchase building and pest inspections are essential; however, in our line of work, all too often, we meet new homeowners dealing with drainage problems, leaky showers and burst flexible hoses. If you live in East Auckland or South Auckland and want peace of mind knowing your new home is sound, right down to the plumbing works, give us a call.

We always hear “well that didn’t get picked up on the building inspection“.
That’s because building inspectors are not licensed plumbers!!

We are a specialist plumbing company in East Auckland or South Auckland, who has your best interest at heart.
We will make sure that your biggest purchase will not end up draining you financially with unexpected repairs.

What Our Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection Covers

Leaky taps

We check to make sure all taps are in good working order. Stiff or leaky taps are probably the last thing on someone's mind when purchasing a house, but these are all small issues that could prove problematic. We like to give you the confidence that everything has been accounted for, so we will check even the most minor plumbing issues, including dripping or stiff taps.

Gas fitting

Not only are we excellent plumbers, but we are also gas fitters as well! We will test and inspect the property's gas installations to ensure all are up to New Zealand standards and safe to operate. We will also perform a gas pressure test, making sure that there are no gas leaks.

Thermal Imaging

iSpecialise relies on state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras to test the integrity of the waterproofing in wet areas such as the shower. We carry out specific tests using hot water and our thermal imager, which enables us to find any breaches in the waterproofing membrane. As waterproofing issues are not covered by insurance, this can lead to a very costly repair. Including attracting white ants due to the dampness and the fact that it may go undetected for a long time. Although building inspectors use thermal imaging, they do not carry out the tests we do with hot water to determine whether there is a leak or not.

Pressure Tests

Our team of highly qualified plumbers are skilled in all facets of plumbing. Services include installing new pipes and plumbing for home builds and renovations, along with all residential plumbing maintenance jobs.

Pipe Identification

We identify and inspect the pipework installed at the property to ensure it is in good condition and identify the brand of pipe you have if. This can be given to a plumber if you ever require any alterations or have an emergency repair that may need carrying out.

CCTV Drain Inspection

We will inspect the stormwater and sewer main drains to ensure there is no root ingress or broken or dislodged pipes underground that could potentially cost thousands in repairs. Blocked drains can be a nightmare! The last thing you want to deal with after moving into your new home is raw sewage due to a dodgy drainage system.

Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection FAQs

  • Do I need a pre-purchase plumbing inspection as well as a building and pest inspection?

    A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is optional. However, they cover elements that are not covered in a building and pest inspection. Buying a home in East Auckland, South Auckland, or Hauraki Plains is a considerable investment, and you don’t want to buy a lemon.

    Just like building and pest inspections, pre-purchase plumbing inspections provide additional assurance that you’ve covered all basis and that you won’t find any nasty surprises post-settlement.

  • Why should I get a pre-purchase plumbing inspection?

    Pre-purchase plumbing inspections in East Auckland, South Auckland, and Hauraki Plains are completely different from building and pest inspections. In a building and pest inspection, as far as plumbing goes, the inspector will check only the basics; that the toilets flush, that a hot water cylinder exists, that drains and grates are present where required, that the taps turn on and off, etc. They won’t check for concealed leaks, plumbing compliance, ventilation, the condition of the gutters and downpipes, waterproofing integrity in wet areas, pressure testing, etc., or advise on any required plumbing repairs.

    There are many aspects to plumbing, most of which are not checked by a standard building and pest inspector. If you end up buying a home in East Auckland, South Auckland, or Hauraki Plains with plumbing issues, it may end up costing you in the thousands, if not tens of thousands to fix.

  • Who performs the pre-purchase plumbing inspection?

    Qualified, licenced plumbers should only conduct pre-purchase plumbing inspections. If a gas inspection is also part of the inspection, which is the case at iSpecialise, the inspector should also hold a gas fitting licence.

    At iSpecialise, our qualified plumbers, who hold both a plumbing and gas fitting licence, conduct our pre-purchase plumbing inspections to ensure your potential home is given a thorough review at the highest level of standards.

  • Why isn't plumbing checked in a building and pest inspection?

    The simple answer to this question is that building and pest inspectors are not qualified to report on plumbing or gas works. They are licenced builders and look at the building’s structural integrity; check if the walls support the roof, if there are any roof leaks, cracks in the foundation, termite damage, etc. They don’t have the qualifications or licences required to look past basic plumbing works mentioned above.

  • What do you look for in pre-purchase plumbing inspections?

    iSpecialise’s pre-purchase plumbing inspections are comprehensive and accurate. We rely on state-of-the-art equipment such as drain locators, CCTV cameras, FLIR therm imaging cameras, combustible gas detectors, and acoustic leak detectors to inspect and review every element of your potential homes plumbing and gas work. No stone is left unturned.

    Specifically, our pre-purchase plumbing inspections look at the following:

    • Preform Pressure Tests of the Sanitary Sewer System
    • Inspect Stormwater & Sewer Drains with CCTV Cameras
    • Check all aspects of Gas Fitting
    • Check conditions of gutters and downpipes
    • Check valves
    • Check surface water for adequate drainage
    • Inspect ventilation systems
    • Hot Water Heater health check
    • Identify Pipework Location
    • Identify Water and Gas Leak with Thermal Imaging Camera
  • How long will it take to receive my report?

    Once you contact iSpecialise to conduct your pre-purchase plumbing inspection, we contact the real estate agent to arrange a day and time to conduct our assessment. Once we can secure access to the home, we will notify you of the time and day of the inspection and that payment will be required prior to the inspection date.

    Once we have conducted our inspection, you can expect to receive the completed report within 1-2 business days.

  • What areas do you service?

    We provide our pre-purchase plumbing inspections across East AucklandSouth Auckland, and Hauraki Plains. If you live in any of these areas and are about to purchase a new home, please contact us to arrange a pre-purchase plumbing inspection.

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