The Homebuyer’s Guide to a Colorado Springs Plumbing Inspection

Unexpected plumbing issues can cause serious damage to your new home – prevent damage with a plumbing inspection done by a Colorado Springs professional.

Buying a home in Colorado Springs is an exciting experience, and many of today’s home buyers and coming from out of state. Few families who’ve relocated to Colorado Springs know that a large percentage of the homes in town (especially on the west-end) are quite old

The age old saying, “never judge a book by its cover,” holds true when shopping for houses, too. Whatever end of town you plan to buy a home, requesting a full inspection on the property’s structure, electrical, and plumbing system is always a good idea. 

Why Are Plumbing Inspections Necessary?

Plumbing inspections are more than ensuring a home’s plumbing is up to code and operating, it’s also a preventative measure against unexpected damage. Major plumbing issues (like leaking pipes or low-quality plumbing material) can cause a serious amount of damage if they are never addressed and aren’t always easy to spot. 

By enlisting the help of a licensed professional, you can catch any existing problems before they escalate into a structural disaster. 

Colorado Springs Plumbing Inspections Should Always Include:

A main sewer line inspection

Sewer lines in Colorado Springs are often damaged by tree roots and cold temperatures – because fixing a main sewer line is a big project, it’s best to have the system inspected before closing on your home. 

Water Heater Inspection 

Water heaters only last about 10 years – if model installed in your soon-to-be home is growing old, consider negotiating for a new water heater (or a reduced cost) with your real estate agent.

Toilet Inspection 

All toilets should be checked for clogs, leaks, and flange problems. 

Outdoor Plumbing 

If you’re property has a sprinkler system, it’s important to have all outdoor water lines checked.

Age of the Plumbing System 

Old pipes have been exposed to years of expansion and contraction because of the region’s cold winters – over time, this exposure can encourage corrosion, leaks, and mineral build up.

Pipe Insulation

The plumbing under your kitchen sink may be easy to inspect yourself, but the unexposed plumbing in a home’s attic, basement, or crawl spaces will be much harder to check. Because plumbing insulation is one of the primary ways to prevent frozen pipes, it’s important to ask your plumber to locate any uninsulated pipes in the home. 

The Sewer Line: 

Colorado Springs’ sewer lines are notorious for becoming clogged with large roots. If you’re buying an older home, it’s worth requesting a camera inspection through your sewage line to check for any unexpected blockages. 

Determine if the Home Has a Sump Pump

The Pikes Peak Region is repeatedly exposed to flash floods and heavy snow. Depending on your home’s location and exposure to the flood zone, consider adding a sump pump to protect your basement. 

A home’s plumbing system is one of its most regularly used components. If you’re planning on buying an existing home in the Pikes Peak region, have your plumbing inspection done by a Colorado Springs professional plumber. To schedule a Colorado Springs plumbing inspection, call our staff at 719-232-4720.

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