Are you buying a home? Have you inspected the drainage system before taking the ultimate decision?
Most people do not consider the drainage system when evaluating a house’s worth. The truth is that a house may incur more costs in repairing damaged pipelines than the renovation of its exterior. It is only wise to check for problems in the house plumbing before completing the sale.
Here are some ways you can check for drainage problems:
- Toilets Don’t Lie
The toilets are the easiest giveaways of problems in the drainage system. When there is a leakage anywhere in the flooring under the bathroom floor, the toilet bowl will have discoloration or warping at its base. It might slide or wobble a bit as well. The bathroom floor may feel soft because the tiles will have seeping water beneath them. If you suspect a problem based on any of these checks, it is recommended that you conduct a proper drainage inspection before you proceed to pay for the house.
Scanprobe can help you with your plumbing inspection with its modern pipeline inspection systems that will locate any drainage problems and guide you to use the appropriate tools to solve the problems.
- The Water Metre Check
When you inspect a home plumbing system for leakages, one simple trick can save you a lot of time.
There is a water metre in every house that measures the water flow in the pipelines and generates the water bill accordingly. You can close all the water taps and valves in the house and then check the water metre. If it is moving even slightly, it means that there is a leakage somewhere in the system.
Once you are certain there is a water leakage somewhere, the next step is to determine where it is. You don’t need a plumber to find out where the leakage is. A plumber’s job only starts after you have identified the problem. To detect the leakage point, you need a CCTV pipeline inspection probe that would go down (or up) the pipelines and find out the problem wherever it is.
You should consider using one of the inspection systems from Scanprobe, especially if you are working under the sun or expect it to rain. The inspection systems have sunlight-readable screens and are water-proof.
- Water Heater Condition
Water heaters can cause significant damage to the flooring if they are not installed in the right place. Your next stop after the leakage check should be the water heater.
Make sure you check that the water heater is not too close to hardwood flooring or carpeted floors. Also, see if the water heater is installed just beside the drainage pipelines affected by the heat in the long run. The heater could become the reason for leakage as the heat slowly deteriorates the pipelines.
You should also check the condition and age of the water heater because it is too old or in bad condition. It will probably leak anyway soon and spoil all your hard work in your renovations. If such is the case, make sure you replace the water heater with a new one. You should also consider inspecting the pipelines coming in and going out of the water heater to make sure all is well for the new water heater to operate.
- Shower Power
Showers and bathtubs are very likely to get clogged because of obvious reasons – hair. Showers and their drains need to be inspected before everything else.
In addition to checking the shower drain for blockage, you should check if the shower area is leaking from the intersection of the wall and floor. If you cannot detect it with the naked eye, you can use inspection probes to find out.
Whether buying a house for the first time or the umpteenth, it is always a good idea to go over the checklist and make sure the drainage system is free of clogs, leakages, and possible collapses due to ageing pipelines and devices.
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