How to look over the pipes in your house

In a previous article we discussed how to conduct a kitchen sink inspection and determine if you're drainage system is functioning appropriately. Specifically, we outlined how pipes can become corroded with sediment on the inside, thus limiting the diameter and its ability to transport water efficiently. When carrying out a home inspection, pipes are usually looked at by professionals for several features, including corrosion and structure. 

Having good water pressure is essential for most homes and the size of water pipes is one of the leading facilitators of this need. A typical size to look for in pipes is a span from .75" to one full inch for those found at the main source locations. Other pipes ought to be at least .5" or larger.

Lead pipes in a home is another feature to consider. The substance is actually a toxin, and you may want to skip a home altogether if it uses lead piping, especially if you have children. Although, before rejecting a house completely, get a quote on how much it would cost to replace the pipes in case that makes more sense.

Knowing details like these for yourself will help you become a more efficient home owner. Another basic detail to recall when surveying your home involves the floor drains. Usually when home owners think they have a problem with a floor drain, the problem is actually somewhere else in the house, the floor drain's malfunction being a symptom of that setback. A clogged drain line often means water from upper fixtures is backing out of the lower fixtures, like the floor drain. So be sure to conduct a thorough search of your home if you suspect a problem. 

If you live in the Maryland area and believe you would benefit from a professional home inspection, contact Alban Inspections today!