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include in my home inspection with Quality Home Inspections
of East Tennessee?
Plumbing Inspection Roane
County, TN Quality Home Inspections
I'll be looking at the visible plumbing for
evidence of leaks under the home during the basement/crawlspace
inspection. I'll also turn on the water faucets in the home
to test the functional flow and functional drainage and to
see if there are any water hammers. I'll be looking under
the sinks to see if there are any evidence of leaks there.
I'll also check around the toilets to see if there are any
apparent leaks after flushing. Many times toilets
become loose at the base, allowing for water leakage and in
turn rotting of the floor. I also inspect the
water heater. For homes with
accessible working outdoor faucets I will test the water
pressure. Water pressure over 80 PSI can lead to damage in
pipes and appliances. To test I simply hook up a water
pressure gauge to the outdoor faucet and turn the water on.
It is best, if possible, that you make
arrangements to have the water turned on before the
inspection. This will make detection of current water leaks more
likely. Without the water running, indications of water leaks
can still be found, such as damage to wood, past signs of
moisture, etc., but it is difficult to say whether these
indications are from past or present leaks without the water
being on. Often, water leaks go unseen under the home
since home owners rarely go
all the way into their crawlspaces looking for leaks.
For the water heater inspection, I'll be
checking the TPR valve to make sure there is an extension.
Pressure relief valves should have an extension in case of
steam being released. The extension should direct the steam
toward the ground to prevent scalding those that might be
standing nearby. I'll also be looking at the age of the
water heater and will record the date of manufacturing and
the size of the water heater. In addition, I'll be looking at the
general condition. Is there rust, etc? The location of the
water heater is also important for safety. Many times older
homes have the water heater in dangerous locations such as
right next to an electrical panel.
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Knoxville, Tennessee area call
Quality Home Inspections serves the East Tennessee area of Roane, Loudon, Knox, Anderson, and Cumberland counties
which includes the cities of
Oliver Springs, Midtown,
Lenoir City, and