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Plumbing  Problems are Often Easy to Repair

Plumbing repairs called out in a home inspection are usually minor.Serving the St Louis, Mo and southern IL areas since 2010  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 not a legitamate plumbing use of duct tape
Duct tape is not a suitable plumbing repair for drain pipes


This is neither proper use of duct tape or proper plumbing practice.

The use of any tape is not accepted practice for plumbing drains
Black electrical tape has no purpose in plumbing drains

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.

plumbing will freeze when garden hoses are left attached during cold weather
Leaving your garden hose attached to the outside faucet may cause a plumbing nightmare

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.

this is not a proper use for plastic bags
plastic bags are not usually considered proper plug material

Seemingly harmless openings in the sewer drain may allow harmful sewer gases to enter the home.  All vent and drains should be properly sealed.

check us out at:

the Better Business Bureau

The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations


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