Home ownership is a major step, especially in NYC, where real estate prices are impressive. To make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, a home inspection is vital. But is it enough? A typical home inspection provides a general analysis of the property. If you’ve got concerns about the plumbing and home heating system, it’s a good idea to arrange to have a licensed NYC plumber come in and do an inspection before you buy. Here are the three areas you want to know about:
Water Heater Integrity: Reliable hot water is essential. Your NYC plumber can assess the age, condition, and performance of the water heater that’s in place, and offer an informed estimate of how long it will be before the water heater needs replacement. As water heater replacement can cost several hundred dollars, this is information you’ll want to have in advance.
Condition of Water Supply & Drainage Pipes: There are two types of pipes going into your home. Water supply pipes bring water in; water to be heated is delivered to the water heater while cold water is piped to the appropriate locations, including faucets, toilets, and appliances. Drainage pipes carry water and waste materials away from your home. Your NYC plumber can assess the condition of the pipes, identify any problem areas, and potentially identify clog issues in advance. Using cameras allows a plumber to inspect pipes from the inside; if that’s something you want to have happen, make sure this service is included in your agreement with the plumber and the current property owner.
Gas Line Safety: Many NYC homes include appliances that run on gas. To keep your family safe, it’s absolutely essential that all gas lines are installed properly and working correctly. Double check the results of a home inspection by having a licensed NYC master plumber inspect the home’s gas lines. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind!