Are you considering purchasing and older vintage or historical home? If so it will be a good idea to hire a professional inspection company and go thru every aspect of the homes mechanical and physical systems before signing on the dotted line.
Older homes can offer a lot of challenges when it comes to inspection processes. Often times due to the age and condition of a home there can be layers of previous updates changes and remodels that can tie into even older structures.
In this instance we will take a look at inspecting plumbing systems. Plumbing systems in older homes can be assembled from many types of plumbing materials, cast iron, pvc, copper etc. these materials have the ability to have all been tied into each other having been replace by one another somewhere along the line. You must also know older homes may have utilized boilers and radiators also adding additional pieces to the overall plumbing puzzle.
Galvanized Piping First off older homes (depending on the year built) more than likely started out with galvanized piping, this is easy to determine, galvanized piping is grey and pretty easy to spot.
Copper Piping was an upgrade after galvanized piping the two can be tied into each other so if a system was not totally replaced it may be retrofitted with multiple materials. Copper plumbing can be easily spotted as it is bright orange or reddish like a copper penny.
PVC Piping is a white plastic looking type material, it can also be tied into an existing system or used to replace older leaky or clogged plumbing systems.
Utilizing a professional plumbing inspector familiar with different types of plumbing systems can be a lifesaver when purchasing and older home or commercial building. Professional plumbing inspectors understand the types of materials utilized in these older homes, they know how to locate the plumbing systems and how to assess their integrity.
If you are planning on utilizing a professional home inspection company understand that they will be scrutinizing many different aspects of your home or commercial building. From foundations to roofs, electrical systems and ventilation a professional inspection company in your area should have many different levels of knowledge about all aspects of the construction processes. Plumbing is only one but it is a very important one.
If you own or are purchasing an older home or commercial building and you are in need of a professional plumbing inspection company in the Minneapolis St Paul area, contact Inspections Plus Guru. Over 25 years of experience working in all aspects of construction. Inspections Plus Guru provides, plumbing inspections, electrical inspections, roofing inspections, foundation inspections and more.
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