I have always been a huge supporter of pre-purchase inspections especially when it comes to plumbing.
This week I have been involved in a couple of plumbing inspections for some of my customers, one was in Mitchell Park and the other in Unley. During my pre-purchase plumbing inspections I came across some very clear signs that someone had been down to either Bunnings (A.K.A. the big green shed), Masters or even Home Depot and purchased some plumbing materials and then gone home and decided to give it a red hot go with the idea of a quick do it up for a quick sale job, fortunately for my customers they engaged me before handing over there hard earned money.
In the two images below you will see some of the points which I'm referring to.
So as you can see here there has been some very poor practices going on by a home handy man, but if this was a plumber then it is very poor form. The customers who engaged me had no idea that these couple of things are not normal and couldn't believe that I could fix them for them, they asked me why would someone do this? I replied they are cutting corners and saving money which in the end will cost you lots of money.
Other items which I picked up during my inspection were things like kinco and olive connections used under ground, modifications to down pipe locations which has now led to rotting fascias because the falls still lead to a location where there is now no down pipe, flexible hoses connections joined together for a total length of over 2 meters, original floor trap grates left in the floor and the tiles placed over them leaving a nasty 15 millimeter drop and finally a real hum dinger a bath installed with absolutely zero support underneath it so every time you stand in for a shower it feels as if it will collapse (only a matter of time I feel).
At another property that I saw a while ago some one had been to a hardware store and purchased a hot water system the whole thing had been connected using flexible connectors even the gas line with a water connector, wonders will never cease to amaze me, so getting back to the my original question "Do you need a pre-purchase plumbing inspection" I think the answer is very clear.
So if your in the market for a new home and want a plumbing inspection contact us today on 0429 361 819 or find us on the internet at http://smallideasbathroom.com/ have a great week, Cheers Aaron.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.