What is a Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection

What is a Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection

If you’re in the market for a new home in Auckland, then you need to know about Pre-purchase Plumbing Inspections. Your home is by far, your most treasured asset. Therefore, when purchasing a new home, you want to make sure you’re investing in something that will yield good returns…and not have it turn into an unprofitable nightmare that you never wished you’d laid eye on.

When a homeowner accepts your offer, the next natural step is to arrange finances and a building and pest inspection. Right? You would have to be crazy to purchase a home that wasn’t subject to a building and pest inspection. But what about the plumbing? I say “you would have to be crazy to purchase a home that wasn’t subject to a building and pest inspection, and plumbing inspection.”

This is not a ploy to get plumbers, such as myself, more work. A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is just as necessary as a building and pest inspection, and could potentially save you tens of thousands or save you from buying a lemon as an investment.

If you have never heard of a pre-purchase plumbing inspection before, continue reading. You will discover what a pre-purchase plumbing inspection is and why you shouldn’t purchase a home without one.

Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection

A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is just like a building and pest inspection, but only for plumbing.

With a pre-purchase plumbing inspection, a qualified plumber will arrive at the property subject to inspection and conduct a comprehensive inspection of all plumbing works of the property, both internal and external.

A iSpecialise Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection covers the following:

  • Preform Pressure Tests of the Sanitary Sewer System
  • Inspect Drains with CCTV Cameras
  • Check all aspects of Gas Fitting
  • Identify Pipework Location
  • Identify Water and Gas Leak with Thermal Imaging Camera

Why a Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection is Crucial

What few home buyers realise is; building and pest inspections do not cover any plumbing issues! How can this be?!

Master Builders Queensland, manager housing services Phil Breeze, said: “What a lot of people don’t appreciate is inspectors don’t look at the electrical or the plumbing or the actual frame of the building, because they are hidden.

If you read the fine print of a building and pest inspection, you will see that plumbing work is excluded from their examination and reported findings. This leaves potential homeowners complexly oblivious to any potential plumbing issues.

In a building inspection, the inspector will simply check to see if the property has a hot water system installed, that the toilet flushes, that all fixtures are present in the bathroom, kitchen and laundry, that there are grates over the drains, and if there is any noticeable mould or moisture under the waste pipes and cupboards.

As you can see, their “plumbing” related inspections are all cosmetic; no checks are made on any pipes or plumbing work for internal or unseen issues. These will be overlooked in a standard building inspection.

Conclusion

Don’t let your biggest asset become your biggest nightmare. If you are in the market for a new home, then make sure your offer is subject to both building and pest inspection and plumbing inspection.

A pre-purchase plumbing inspection is a comprehensive examination of the plumbing to determine if there are any water or gas leaks, damaged pipes or blockages affecting the property, both internally and externally. These are all checks that are not carried out in a standard building inspection.

To arrange a pre-purchase plumbing inspection in Auckland, simply give the friendly team at iSpecialise a call on 09-889 9553. We offer a prompt first-class service and will arrange the inspection through the real estate agent and homeowner.

Book a service call today.