Plumbing Problems are Often Easy to Repair
Plumbing repairs called out in a home inspection are usually minor. However occasionally we find problems that must be repaired. These are usually do-it-yourself projects gone terribly wrong.
Many plumbing repair problems can easily be addressed by a handy man or a proficient do-it-your-selfer. Other problems such as a replacing a sewer main should only be addressed by a licensed plumber.
Some of the more common problems we find are;
- leaking faucets
- garbage disposals that leak
- garbage disposals that are not working
- leaks in pipes under the sink or vanity
- low water pressure
- slow flowing drains
- outside faucets that leak under pressure
As we move through the inspection process we will note;
- any improper repairs to water pipes or drain pipes
- inoperative sump pumps
- missing or improper extensions of the pressure relief valve on the hot water heater
- missing expansion tanks on the hot water heater (not enforced in all areas)
- check for leaks in the water or drain lines
- any other normal and customary deficiencies
Here are a few of the most common things we find:
Duct tape was a wonderful invention but really does not belong in a plumber’s tool box very often.
This is neither proper use of duct tape or proper plumbing practice.
A close second to duct tape abuse is the use of black vinyl electrical tape to “cure” leaking drain pipes.
The proper fix is usually not much harder than the imaginary fix often used by do-it-yourself plumbers.
Occasionally we find an outside faucet that has frozen and burst.
Remember if you leave your garden hose connected the water may not drain properly. A good cold snap can spell disaster when you turn your faucet on in the spring.
Properly installed plumbing is no match for the well intentioned Saturday afternoon plumber.
Seemingly harmless openings in the sewer drain may allow harmful sewer gases to enter the home. All vent and drains should be properly installed and maintained
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