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Plumbing Inspection

When you interview inspectors, will they perform the following simple tests to perform a more thorough plumbing inspection? Test shower pan for water leakage by inserting a plug into the drainpipe. Use a water hose to inspect the laundry water supply and drainpipe when home is unoccupied. Remove access covers intended for inspection purpose located behind a bathtub to inspect for drainpipe water leakage. Open the temperature and pressure relief valve (t&p) on the water heater. If the inspector you interview does not perform these simple tasks, move on to another inspector.

Older Houston homes built from the 1950’s- early 1980’s may have galvanized steel water supply pipe. If so, you want an experienced, thorough home inspector who will take their time to inspect the water supply piping system in detail. Why, because you should be made aware that galvanized steel water supply pipe does corrode; causing damage, poor water pressure, water leakage and eventual pipe replacement. In a modest 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, pipe replacement could cost about $15,000.00. This is definitely something you want to know before expiration of an option period during the property purchase process. An inspector that is inexperienced or in a rush may not know what to look for with galvanized steel water pipe.

Of coarse, the overall plumbing inspection includes fixture operation, observation for water leakage, proper fixture orientation, installation of water shut off valves, water pressure test, vent pipe termination, water heating equipment and more.

For a plumbing inspection or complete home or commercial building property inspection, please contact Greg Genser, Cypress Inspections at (281) 373-1018 or

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