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The Most Common Plumbing Problems Found During a Home Inspection


Whether you're buying or selling a home, a home inspection is normally part of the process. To avoid any hidden plumbing surprises after the deal is closed, make sure you know about these problems that are commonly discovered during the home inspection.

Illegal Piping 

Polyethylene (PE) pipes and polybutylene (PB) pipes can both be a problem. PB pipes have been completely banned in this country since 2010. PE pipes are illegal for all uses in home plumbing with the exception of being used with water pressure tanks and main water turn-off valves.

Rusted Galvanized Pipes 

Was the home you're buying or selling built before 1960? If so, it could have galvanized pipes, which are made of lead and covered with a protective layer of zinc. This type of pipe is problem because, over time, the zinc erodes. You then run the risk of having lead released into the home's water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency has warned that consuming excessive amounts of lead places people at a higher risk of cardiovascular and reproductive problems as well as decreased kidney function.

Broken Pipes

Pipes can be broken in a number of ways:

  • Accidental crushing with a car or heavy piece of equipment.
  • Hitting it with a hammer during a DIY project.
  • Flushing corrosive materials that weaken the pipes.

The age of the pipes can also cause them to break more easily.

Clogged Sewer Lines 

Sewer line clogs make it difficult for waste to exit your home and can cause water to back up and leak. If the problem frequently occurs, standing water can damage flooring. One of the most common causes of sewer clogs are tree roots, a problem that will usually need to be dealt with by a professional.

Slow Leaks Behind Walls 

Leaks behind the wall can go undetected for a long time. In the meantime, they're increasing your water bill and causing damage to your home like destroying flooring or drywall and creating a mildew and/or mold problem. Regular inspections can help detect these hidden menaces.

Water Heater Issues 

The list of possible water heater problems is long:

  • Wrong size tank
  • Leaks
  • High water pressure
  • Dysfunctional thermostat
  • Sediment buildup
  • Internal rust

Left unattended, some of these issues can cause irreversible damage to the water heater.

Pass That Home Inspection With Flying Colors

One way to ensure passing a home inspection is to schedule regular plumbing maintenance so small problems can be caught before they become big issues.

When it's time to arrange for a home inspection, hiring a professional, licensed plumber to come and do a full inspection before you buy a new home or put yours on the market can help you avoid delaying the sale. Make sure to hire a home plumbing inspector you can trust. And don't hesitate to ask questions. After all, a home is a big investment and you want to start off on the right foot!

Ready to schedule a home plumbing inspection or regular plumbing maintenance visit? Give David Gray Plumbing a call at (904) 605-8190 or contact us online today. We've been performing maintenance and inspection services in the Jacksonville, FL area for over 25 years and would love to do the same for you!