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  • Buying a Home? Consider a Plumbing Inspection
    If you're shopping for a new house this spring, there are many things to consider. Having a plumbing system inspection performed by a qualified plumber is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. Here are some items your plumber will check:

    1. Water Heater

    Ask the current owner for the age of the water heater. A conventional tank style water heater will last between 8-10 years. Check for signs of corrosion around the tank fittings and bottom of the tank. Excessive corrosion could mean the tank is in need of replacement. Turn on a tap close to the water heater, hot water should begin to flow almost immediately. If not, the tank may have excess sediment that needs to be flushed out, or the burner may be worn out.

    2. Water leaks

    Some leaks will be obvious, such as a dripping faucet or shower head. These are easy to fix by replacing washers or seals. Of greater concern are undetected water leaks. To check for hidden leaks your plumber will turn off all water using appliances and fixtures and check the water meter over a period of a few hours. If the meter shows significant use, there is likely a hidden water leak somewhere. Remember to also check outdoor plumbing such as hose bibs and sprinkler systems.

    3. Sump Pump

    Sump pumps are one of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind systems that are rarely checked by most homeowners. To check that the sump pump is working, slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on after a few seconds and remove the water.

    4. Appliances

    Washer supply line hoses should be checked for bulges and cracks. If the lines need to be replaced, use braided stainless hoses for added strength. If the washer is located on an upper level of the home, ensure that is is placed in a drain basin to prevent water damage.

    5. Sewer and Drain Lines

    If the house is more than 8 years old it's a good idea to have a video sewer line inspection to check for tree root intrusion or other problems that could cause sewer line failure down the road. Drain lines should also be checked to ensure there are no obstructions or clogs.

    Need a professional plumbing inspection? Call Gibson's Heating and Plumbing, we're here to help.
    Written on Monday, 23 May 2016 16:15 in Plumbing
    Tags: plumbing
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 Live operators – no answering machines
 Convenient appointments made around your schedule
 Friendly, uniformed technicians
 We use floor protectors and thouroughly clean the work area
 We listen to your needs & talk in non-technical language
 We follow up to make sure you are 100% satisfied
 We stand by everything we do – NO EXCEPTIONS!

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