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Why You Need a Pre-Closing Plumbing Inspection

No one can opt out of a pre-closing home inspection. It’s required by law, even if you’re paying cash for your home.


Nor would you want to opt out of such an inspection, even if you could. After all, it’s ultimately designed to protect you from unwelcome surprises, the kind that could cost more in repairs than the home is worth.


And yet, does that mean that new home owners never receive such a surprise after the closing and it’s too late to back out of the deal? It happens all the time, in fact, perhaps even to you. That’s because, as talented and multi-skilled they might be, licensed home inspectors simply don’t have the training or ability to thoroughly inspect every square inch of your home and all fixtures and systems within it. And that includes your household plumbing.


The fact is, all kinds of things can be wrong with a home’s plumbing that a general inspector would never uncover, like an underground sewer blockage in the making that is not yet causing any drainage problems – but it’s only a matter of time before it will.

Such blockages are often caused by tree or shrub root infiltration in your underground sewer lines, and the only way to discover that is to hire a licensed plumber with such sophisticated drain clearing equipment like a video inspection camera.


There’s also the possibility of cracked or poorly installed water pipe that a home inspector wouldn’t detect because the pipe is hidden behind a façade, wall, or in a crawl space. Or how about a water heater that seems to be producing all the hot water you’ll need, but one so filled with mineral content that it’s only a matter of time before the unit’s ability to produce hot water becomes impaired.


As we said, there are just certain aspects of a home’s plumbing fixtures and systems that a home inspector is not equipped to diagnose – but we are. So, no matter where you are in the process of buying a new home, contact Kalamunda Plumbing Group today to request a whole-house plumbing and drain inspection. The small sum you’ll pay for that service can save your many thousands of dollars down the road.