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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.


More Blog Posts about Plumbing:

  1. What is the average life expectancy of PVC pipe?

  2. Why can’t PVC be used for water pipe inside a house?

  3. Should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

  4. Why does my well pump turn on and off every time I use water?

  5. How old is that water heater?

  6. My air conditioner won’t turn on. What’s wrong?

  7. Should I wrap the water heater with an insulation blanket?

  8. What’s the powdery crust on the pipe connections at the water heater?

  9. Do you check the plumbing under the floor slab?

  10. Do I have polybutylene pipe? Why is it a problem?

  11. What is causing a foggy haze on my windows?

  12. What is that big thing in the toilet tank?

  13. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  14. What is the difference between water service pipe and water supply pipe?

  15. What’s the flip-up handle on the water heater for?

  16. How come the water has a rotten-egg smell in some empty houses?

  17. My well water test came back positive for bacteria. What should I do?

  18. Do you test the well water?

  19. What is the difference between a regular water heater and a power vent water heater?

  20. How do you test a shower pan for leaks?

  21. Why is my water heater making strange (rumbling, gurgling, knocking or banging) noises?

  22. What is that pipe sticking out of the ground in the yard?

  23. Why are rubber washing machine hoses a safety risk?

  24. What are the most common plumbing problems with older houses?

  25. What is a heat pump water heater?

  26. What are the common problems to look for when the plumbing has been replaced in a house?

  27. What is a dielectric union?

  28. What is the average life expectancy of copper pipe?

  29. What is an auto vent, air admittance valve, or check vent?

  30. Why is a European-style bottle trap not approved by the plumbing codes in the U.S.?

  31. What is the average life expectancy of CPVC pipe?

  32. What is difference between a single element and dual element electric water heater?

  33. What are the requirements for installing a gas appliance connector?

  34. Why is sunlight exposure bad for PVC pipe?

  35. What is the loose wire sticking out of the ground under the gas meter for?

  36. Why would a well need to have a chlorinator/dechlorinator system?

  37. Is the hot water faucet handle required to be on the left?

  38. How can I locate my septic tank?

  39. What do the ABS, PVC, CPVC, PB, and PEX plumbing pipe names mean?

  40. Should I seal the washing machine drain hose to the standpipe?

  41. How can I tell if a house is connected to a septic tank or sewer?

  42. How do you find a broken water pipe leak under the floor slab?

  43. Why is there water in my water heater drain pan?

  44. Is a hot water faucet required at a washing machine?

  45. What is the minimum and maximum slope of the trap arm of a plumbing drain?

  1. 2)Extent of the work - Just replacing a short run of drain piping or a partial repipe of the water supply piping is less intrusive than complete replacement. It’s done quicker and is contained within one part of the house, making the problems of living with it easier to deal with. Even though you are likely to be without water service or functioning drains for only a brief period, it’s important for your plumber to let you know how long that will be. Also, ask about possible complications and how they might affect the schedule.

  2. 3)Your tolerance for dust and noise - “If you don’t want to deal with the dust, noise, and workmen in the house, getting a hotel room for a few days might be a good idea,” according to Allan Hutto, of J.W. Freeman Plumbing, in Gainesville, Florida.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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