How to inspect your bathtub for leaks

The last few articles have surrounded the issue of plumbing around the house and what professional house inspectors look for to give you the clearest possible understanding of what a house you're considering is truly worth and what your future with that home may look like concerning potential repairs. One of the most significant benefits of a quality home inspection is the large savings you stand to receive. However, this isn't only because of the protection against overpaying for a house riddled with flaws.

A quality home inspection can also be a type of informal lesson in how to inspect your own home, whether by watching the inspector as he or she looks your home over or by thoroughly reviewing the report you receive after it's been completed. 

Knowing how to look over your bath tub drains is a useful tool as well. Making sure there is access to the drain is the first essential which can be tricky only because there are various places where the access panel may be, including behind the bath tub, on the wall as a return register or on the ceiling of the floor below. 

After finding the panel, fill the tub with water to the point of overflow and watch the tub to make sure there are no leaks in the tub's structure. Home inspectors don't traditionally use this test to inspect a tub and your plumbing, but not only will it let you know if your tub leaks, as the water clears out you'll be able to see if the drain leaks. Knowing ahead of time, especially before any water damage has accumulated, about any flaws in your bathtub can be a huge cost saver. 

If you live in Virginia or Washington, D.C., and want to learn more about having your house inspected, contact industry-leader Alban Inspections to schedule a professional home inspection today!