Find Potential Problems by Having a Plumbing Inspection Before You Renovate Your Home

Posted on: 28 April 2020

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If you're planning to renovate your home, you may want a plumbing inspection done before you begin. If your house is going to be disrupted and torn apart, it's a good time to make plumbing upgrades and repairs if they're needed. Here are some things you may want your plumber to check.

Water Pressure

It's good to check the water pressure because pressure that's too high or too low could be an indication of trouble with the pipes. It's quick and easy to check the pressure with a meter, and if it's out of range, the plumber can adjust the pressure if your plumbing has a regulator installed.

If there's no pressure regulator valve in your system, you might want to have one installed so you'll always have strong showers. If the pressure is too high or too low, the plumber may look for leaks and other problems that could be to blame.

Condition and Location of Pipes

You may also want the plumber to find out what kind of pipes your home has and if they are still in good shape or if they're old and corroded. Corroded pipes will fail eventually, so you will want to have them replaced.

Also, the plumber may trace the pipes and let you know their location in case you want to install a kitchen island with a sink, move a toilet, or make a laundry room with hookups. If you can position an appliance close to an existing pipe, you can save money on the installation.

Condition of the Water Heater

You'll probably want your water heater checked during the inspection. The plumber might check the pressure valve and look for signs of scale buildup or rust. If your tank is old, you may want to ask the plumber about switching to a tankless water heater when you renovate your home.

Roots in the Sewer Pipe

The plumber can run a camera down the sewer pipe to check it for damage and to look for roots. You'll want to know if the pipe has gaps in the joints because roots can invade the pipe through gaps. Roots can be a serious problem for a sewer line, so talk to your plumber about using additives and other solutions so you can keep the roots out.

Check Faucets and Toilets

If you're getting new faucets or toilets for your renovation, you may not care about the condition of your current ones since they'll be replaced. However, if you're wondering if your current faucets and sinks are in good shape, the plumber can check them for signs of damage.

Replacing worn rubber rings might prevent leaking, and making other small repairs might restore your toilets and faucets to a like-new condition so you don't have to spend money on new faucets unless you just want to do so.

For more information on areas of your plumbing system that should be checked before a major home renovation, talk to a residential plumbing contractor in your area.