When you’re thinking about pre-purchase property inspections you think about building and pest inspections, but have you ever considered a plumbing inspection? You may be surprised to hear that over 90% of Gold Coast homes have one or more problems with their plumbing.
A plumbing inspection is not covered in a regular building and pest inspection, meaning your home could clear its pre-purchase property inspection while still having dodgy plumbing. So, if you’re buying a new home, here are some reasons you should call in a plumber for a pre-purchase plumbing inspection.
Irregular water pressure
When it comes to water pressure, it’s all about balance. Too little and you will be facing a very sad shower. Too much and the integrity of your pipes could be compromised.
Irregular water temperature
Water temperature, just like pressure, needs to be balanced. The water in your hot water system should be, by Australian law, no less than 60 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the water is perfect for storing, but is too hot to use directly. This is where tempering valves come in. Your home should be equipped with appropriate tempering valves to keep you and your family safe.
Leaking taps or toilets
Leaking taps or toilets are one of the most common issues in residences across the Gold Coast. While this may seem like a minor inconvenience, if left unrepaired, these leaks can waste thousands of litres of water and cost you hundreds on your water bills.
Poor gutter and downpipe conditions
The condition of your gutters and downpipes are essential to maintaining dry roof. Over the years, leaf debris and other foreign objects can settle in your gutters, blocking your gutters and downpipes. Eventually this can cause leaks in your walls or roofs.
CCTV inspections of Underground Pipework
CCTV inspections of the sewer and stormwater drainage systems are one of the most important areas to be inspected. Damage found in these areas can be one of the most expensive and inconvenient areas for an issue to remain.
Our highly skilled pre-purchase inspection plumber(s) can also use our CCTV equipment to visually inspect your stormwater drains and sewer drains to check for any blockages, breaks or obstructions located underground and out of site
Pressure test of the water service pipework (new sub heading)
Undetected and underground water leaks need to be found ASAP. It is not uncommon for water service pipework to be leaking below ground with no evidence of a leak at the surface – until you receive an excessive water bill that is.
Charlie the Plumber can carry out a simple pressure test on the water service pipe work to determine if you have any hidden water service leaks located underground or in wall cavities.
Depending on the location of the leaking pipework – these repairs can be intrusive and expensive – its better to know what lies beneath before your new property becomes unconditional.
Need a pre-purchase property inspection? Contact Charlie the Plumber today
At Charlie the Plumber, we specialise in pre-purchase property inspections for plumbing. Our experienced team will thoroughly examine all the plumbing in your potential home and provide you with a detailed, easy-to-read inspection report before you buy! Contact ustoday to book your certified inspection.