Plumbing Inspection

What is the importance of plumbing inspections?

Plumbing Inspections can save you up to thousands of dollars on repairs.

Your plumbing system is one of the most crucial components in determining your house value. A house with a plumbing system that is almost problem-free will have a significantly higher value than a home with a plumbing system that needs many repairs.

Plumbing inspections are the best way to examine the condition of your plumbing system. However, plumbing inspections are overlooked as people shrug off the importance of having a well-run plumbing system. Purchasing a home with a poorly managed plumbing system will only result in costly investments in repairs. By scheduling plumbing inspections regularly, you can save up to thousands of dollars.

How often should I schedule an inspection?

Plumbing inspections can prevent plumbing problems before they occur. By performing regular plumbing inspections for your home, you can identify potential flaws in your plumbing system before they get worse. Inspections conducted by a plumbing professional can allow you to resolve smaller plumbing problems and fix them before they end up becoming a costly expense.

Hiring a qualified professional is necessary for an efficient plumbing inspection. Before you purchase a home, you should consider a plumbing inspection to avoid any unexpected plumbing surprises after purchase. In a plumbing inspection, a qualified professional will conduct a thorough investigation of all the plumbing fixtures in your home.

What is inspected in a plumbing inspection?

The following components will be assessed in a home inspection:

Sinks, Toilets, Showers, Tubs

The following components will be assessed in a home inspection:
  • The first appliances in inspection are the most commonly used fixtures including, your sinks, toilets, showers and tubs. Each of these fixtures one by one to ensure that they are all functioning correctly.
  • For sinks, the hot and cold water settings are assessed, there will be a check for leaks, drain inspection. The supply and drain lines will also be examined to identify if there is any damage.
  • For toilets, its performance will be evaluated by the strength of its flush and drain and how fast the tank fills up. It will also be inspected for any potential leaks. Some toilet models may also need to be inspected for more components.
  • For showers, it will be inspected based on its water pressure, hot and cold water settings, drain functionality and examined for leaks.
  • Following the inspection, you will gain insight on whether or not any of these fixtures will need repair.

Sinks are used frequently, therefore their condition should be inspected regularly.

Sinks, Toilets, Showers, Tubs

  • The water heater is one of the most used appliances in a home, making its inspection one of the most crucial inspections. By ensuring that the water heater is working, it can also save you costly expenses and repairs when compared to no inspection. A malfunctioning water heater will not only require expensive repairs, but it is also a health hazard.
  • Water heater inspection begins with identifying the type of water heater that it is. Depending on if your water heater is gas or electric, the inspection process will differ. The first thing to be checked is whether the water heater is generating hot water. If it is not, the plumber will examine the heater for signs of corrosion.
  • The components of a water heater that are inspected include:
    • The shutoff and pressure relief valves
    • The flue
    • The condition of gas and electrical connections to the water heater
    • Check for any sounds that may come from the water heater, this indicates if it is damaged
    • Any potential carbon monoxide leaks
  • The water heater inspection is arguably the most important over other inspections as it can prevent costly repairs and protect the safety of your family.

Drain and Sewer lines

  • Your drain and sewer lines are another crucial part of your plumbing system. They transport the water around your home through the pipes, meaning that they should be inspected regularly.
  • In a drain and sewer line inspection, multiple components are checked. These components include:
    • The drain functionality for your home’s fixtures
    • Investigating if there are any leaks in the lines
    • Inspecting the lines for blockages and damage
    • The interior drains of your home
    • The municipal sewer line connection
  • A sewer camera inspection will also be conducted to investigate the condition of your sewer lines. Camera inspections are becoming increasingly popular in plumbing inspections. Using a camera can not only show you the condition of the inside of your drain and sewer lines, but it can also identify if you have tree root infestation in your pipes. Tree root damage in pipes can quickly worsen, thus a sewer camera inspection can assist you in avoiding future tree root damage.

Your pipes and sewer lines control the drainage and transportation of water throughout your home.


  • The appliances in your home include the dishwasher, washing and refrigerator. These appliances will be inspected to ensure that all of them are in working condition.
  • For your dishwasher, the water supply line and drain connection will both be checked for damage. The dishwasher’s filter and intake valve will also be checked to ensure that the dishwasher has no damage.
  • The washing machine’s water supply connected hoses will be inspected along with the function of its drainage. These hoses will also be inspected for leaks and damage.
  • The refrigerator will be inspected if it has a stable connection to the water supply through its lines. The lines will also be inspected for damage or potential freezing if there is a weak connection to the icemaker.

Backwater valve and sump pump

  • The condition of your backwater valve and the sump pump will be examined, as their jobs are to protect your home from any potential flooding. If they fail to work, it could create significant repair expenses for your home due to water damage.
  • Backwater valves are designed to prevent water backing up into your home through your drain. In an inspection, the backwater valve will be examined for any damage or functionality. The valve will also be inspected for blockage.
  • Sump pumps are designed to pump water away from your basement. In an inspection, the pump’s functionality is checked along with if the intake screen is clear and the discharge line is free of blockage. If your sump pump is blocked, then you can schedule a cleaning session for it.

Water Pressure

  • Having low water pressure is a common occurrence in households, but water pressure problems can be identified through a pressure test.
  • A pressure test will examine your water pressure by following these steps
    • Turning off all of the water supply connected fixtures
    • Turning off the shutoff valves
    • Selecting the nearest faucet or spigot to the water meter
    • Attaching a pressure gauge and running the water

A pressure test can analyze if your water pressure is too low or too high.

These are the most common things that will be inspected during a plumbing inspection. For reliable and affordable plumbing inspection service contact Toronto Plumber Pro at 647-490-2035 today!

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