Our inspection will examine the flow of water within the home by running faucets, tubs, showers, and sinks. It will also determine what type of water pipes enter your home from the exterior and distribute water throughout your home, if visible. Depending on the type of piping we find, we can then assess the potential or existing issues that might be responsible for the way water is flowing in the home. In addition to examining piping, we will look for leaks and drips and whether plumbing fixtures have been damaged and how water drains.
Size Service to Structure
We will check the incoming size of the water line to make sure it is functional. Replacing distribution pipes can be a pricey endeavor, as is replacing exterior pipes that have corroded. Some exterior pipes are made of lead and for health reasons it's generally recommended that lead pipes be replaced so that drinking water not pass through them.
The inspection will identify the type of plumbing materials where visible within the home and assess its condition and drainage. There are several major types of piping: copper, brass, galvanized steel, or CPVC (plastic) plumbing. Copper is considered the most reliable and long-lasting plumbing material, with brass the next best and galvanized steel last. Brass plumbing's longevity depends on your water's mineral content, as minerals can erode brass and cause small tiny leaks. Galvanized steel, while competent, can accumulate buildup from corrosion within pipes that constricts water flow over time and may require inhabitants of the house to take turns using water-related appliances rather than using them simultaneously. Some problem products include polybutylene plumbing, which was installed between the 1970s and 1990s, has been found defective and buyers would be advised to research whether the plumbing needs repair or replacement or if they will qualify for funding available to replace it.
Waste Pipe Material
Our inspection will identify the type of waste pipe material within the home and assess its condition and drainage. Common drain pipes include ABS and PVC plastic in newer homes, and black iron or galvanized steel in older ones.
Evidence of Leaks
Plumbing issues are often responsible for moisture-related issues in a home such as rot or mildew, so it's important to make sure pipes, sinks, and other water-related appliances function correctly or if they need repair. Your APPLEGATE inspection will examine plumbing for evidence of leaks.
Interior and exterior plumbing system is examined for functional flow, and exterior PSI is checked for minimum/maximum pressure compared to pipe material.
Drainage and Sump Pumps
Any sump pump installed within the home will be evaluated for proper installation and function of the unit.
Your APPLEGATE home inspection will identify the type of water heater within the home and its corresponding energy source, and also assess its installation, approximate age, current condition and any safety issues with the unit. A safety valve needs to be installed and attached to the unit with a proper drain line, and in some seismic-prone areas of the country, safety tie-downs are required. The system will also be checked for any evidence of leaks.