When it comes to major investments for the average person, few are bigger than purchasing a home. An investment of that magnitude brings with it a vast number of responsibilities, even in the best of circumstances.
Inevitably, issues will crop up during the course of that home ownership, but the problems can be magnified if previously undetected concerns weren’t addressed prior to the purchase. That’s why a plumbing inspection before any sale is agreed upon is one of the wisest courses of action that a homeowner can take.
Inspections Don’t Find Everything
Arguably, the most important in this category would be a plumbing inspection. That’s because the potential hazards that could manifest themselves once the move has been completed could be extremely costly. In fact, it’s not inconceivable to consider the possibility that failure to take care of these issues could eventually make the home uninhabitable.
However, such concerns can be alleviated by employing the services of Legacy Plumbing, which performs such tests on a regular basis and is well versed in all the nuances that make up a plumbing system. The tests that we conduct are much more thorough than the standard one that every home receives prior to purchase, which can often miss out on key trouble areas.
Finding Slab Leaks
One area that rarely gets looked at in a new home inspection is above or below the slab, where the major concern relates to leaks that could literally be draining the home of its value.
While there are clear signs of what actually constitutes a slab leak, someone purchasing a home may be unaware of them. Those signs include such things as: water pressure that’s far below normal; a monthly water bill that surges; mysterious moist spots that develop on the floor or one that’s either warm or hot; water that can be heard running despite none being used; and floors that begin cracking.
The different causes for this trouble relate to pipe corrosion, poor installation of the plumbing and a shifting foundation. In the latter case, this is a geographical reality when it comes to living in North Texas. These leaks will often take place on either sewer or water lines that lie directly below the home.
Legacy Plumbing offers a plumbing inspection known as a Water/Sewer Static Test that’s currently available for $285, with exposed clean-outs usually included within the testing process they conduct.
Detecting Drain Issues
Regarding other options, a frustrating issue for a homeowner can develop when a drain line becomes clogged for whatever reason. While certain consumer products can handle basic issues that develop from time to time, there are a number of instances where a call for professionals to handle the job is the only answer.
Those more serious cases relate to sewer problems that again may be due to shifting ground or poorly-conceived installation. More specific reasoning might relate to pipes that are either made of clay tile or old cast iron, bellies in the line or roots from nearby trees that have found their way into this area.
This is also an area where Legacy Plumbing has the expertise to make a clear detection of the problem. By using an in-line camera to look at the affected area, we are able to see exactly what the problem is, eliminating any guess work.
Legacy’s Camera Drain Lines through cleanouts offers up to one hour of camera use and comes at a cost of $248. Once the problem has been officially diagnosed, the issue can be handled.
Money Well Spent
In some cases, the damage done may already make potential plumbing repairs beyond the scope of what someone wants to pay. So that investment made in either plumbing inspection offered by Legacy could help someone thinking of purchasing a home avoid becoming saddled with a money pit.
Therefore, when a new home inspection is needed, make sure to trust the experienced personnel here at Legacy Plumbing. They’ve been a fixture in the North Dallas community for more than two decades and are ready to assist with any plumbing needs or concerns. Contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule your inspection today.