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Plumbing Inspections | Home Inspections |  Plumbing Pipes | St. Louis MO | St. Charles Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspections

Unfortunately most home buyers don’t even know what a Pre-Purchase Plumbing Inspection is and when asked if they have had their plumbing inspected they say yes we got the building inspection done before we bought the house.

The problem is that 99% of building inspections do not cover plumbing! Plumbing to a house is one of the most essential parts of a household, it supplies you with clean fresh water to drink, water to bathe and shower in, water to your washing machine to clean clothes and waste disposal. Imagine living without any one of these essential elements, it would make simple things we do every day very difficult and time consuming.

 

The costs of fixing plumbing problems can go into the tens of thousands of dollars. The most common problem in house plumbing is tree roots penetrating the pipes. Tree roots grow where there is an abundance of oxygen, water, and nutrients which will eventually take them to water pipes. Tree roots in the pipes will cause objects and waste to get caught and eventually will build up and cause a blocked drain or can even cause the pipes to collapse.

Another problem is the soil compressing and shifting when it gets wet and then dries out this puts a lot of pressure on the pipes which can cause them to collapse or crack. This will cause blockages and in unlucky cases the water can flow out the leak and into the soil which will cause the soil to erode (undermine) creating space between the pipe and the surface.

An undermine can happen from any broken or leaking pipe and can cause significant damage when the space between the pipe and surface collapses this can happen anywhere from under your house to under your driveway. If an undermine happens below your house it can damage the foundations which can cost $10,000’s of dollars.

This is why a plumbing inspection is just as important as your building and pest inspection. When you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a house make sure you get a plumbing inspection. Call RKM Field Inspections for residential and commercial property inspections from our building inspectors serving Bridgeton, St. Louis, St. Charles, Missouri.

Plumbing Inspections | Home Inspections |  Plumbing Pipes | St. Louis MO | St. Charles

 

The Plumbing Inspection Service in Bridgeton comprises a thorough inspection of different aspects of plumbing, namely, pressure, radon vent piping, water service lines, sewer lines, etc. Such inspection services carried out by different agencies enables in ensuring proper functioning of water systems in homes or commercial buildings. Qualified and certified inspection agents comprehend the complexity of plumbing systems and the potential damages and problems that may occur. Leaky and corroded water pipes that might lead to sewer gas explosion or pipe bursting can be easily avoided thorough inspection of the home systems. Bridgeton building inspection is mandatory for places like Bridgeton, which remains prone to storm damages. Before making any purchase, it is wise to get home inspection service that determines the purchase of home structures in good conditions.

The construction industry thus opts for such inspection services for ensuring resistant features against fire, snow, water, temperature, wind, etc. The varied inspection services not only aids in proper functioning of building structures but also proves beneficial in obtaining insurance against hurricane damages. Such services also help in reducing the financial as well as safety risks and safeguards life and property.

Call RKM Field Inspections for residential and commercial property inspections from our building inspectors serving Bridgeton, St. Louis, St. Charles, Missouri.

Home Inspection Of Plumbing Pipes

During a home inspection, home inspectors will determine the type and condition of water distribution pipes; these pipes are typically constructed of copper, brass, or galvanized steel. Copper is the most desired material, brass second, and galvanized steel the least desired.

Copper Pipes

Copper is a very desirable material for water supply piping and is long-lasting and generally trouble free in operation.

Brass Pipes

The life of brass piping is dependent upon the mineral content of the water. The content in some water will cause white mineral deposits on the brass pipes which are actually pinhole leaks; this is an indication that the pipes are deteriorating and may need replacement in the future. During the home inspection, the home inspector will determine if there is any deterioration on the brass pipes.

How Do You Get Three Lanes Of Traffic Into Two Lanes?

Galvanized steel pipes corrode on the inside creating a constricted flow of water, it is like trying to force three lanes of traffic into two lanes, or in severe cases, it is like trying to force three lanes of traffic into one lane. When galvanized steel pipes are in poor condition, it is not a good idea to utilize more than one fixture at any given time, especially when a person is taking a shower. In such cases, a dishwasher, or laundry machine should not be utilized, or a toilet fixture should not be flushed, when the shower is being used, because the shower, without any notice, will become scalding hot or ice cold. During the home inspection, the home inspector will determine if there is any deterioration on the galvanized steel pipes.

Plumbing Inspections | Home Inspections |  Plumbing Pipes | St. Louis MO | St. Charles  We recall one investigation in a very old college dormitory where the students would get scalded in the shower when the toilet was flushed by another student, and until the old steel pipes were replaced, the solution was to post a sign telling students to call out "FLUSH" so that the student in the shower would know to stand back. Replacement of the water distribution pipes in a home is very expensive; therefore, the smart buyer should know what type of material the water distribution pipes are constructed of prior to purchase (your home inspector should advise you of such conditions).


Another area of concern is the water supply pipe entering a home. Again, copper is the most desirable material. If the home is served by a galvanized steel water supply pipe, this will cause a problem similar to that mentioned above with the steel water distribution piping system (your home inspector should advise you of such conditions).

Lead Pipes

During the home inspection, the home inspector should advise you if the building is served by a lead water supply pipe, if so, excessive amounts of lead may be leaching into the water system and this is a potential health hazard. It is not feasible to treat all of the water entering the home, however, it is possible to treat the potable water supply which is typically in the kitchen. The best solution would be replacement of the lead water service pipe; however, this typically costs thousands of dollars.

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