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Sacramento Home Plumbing Inspections

Millions of homes all across America have plumbing problems. Some times these plumbing problems are easy to spot by a homeowner, and even more often they are not. Usually these plumbing problems are hidden in areas that homeowners just don't look, such as under sink cabinets, under the house, basements, in attics, inside walls, behind or under appliances and several other areas. This also includes water heaters and plumbing fixtures, such as showers, bathtubs, toilets, faucets and more. Most homeowners are not trained what to look for and are simply unaware of any problems. This is why having a Home Plumbing Inspection is highly important!

 Attention Sacramento Homeowners our highly qualified Sacramento Plumbers will perform a complete and thorough plumbing inspection of your home at no charge, when you

print and present the Free Home Plumbing Inspection Coupon above a $99.00 value, free promotion for a limited time only. Whether a plumbing problem or leak is about to begin, has only been leaking for a short period of time, or has been leaking for a long period of time, it is best to detect it as soon as possible to prevent any further damages, further expenses, possible health concerns or injuries.  

 

Water Leaks - An inspection of your plumbing systems is highly important for many reasons. Water leaks, sewage leaks, wastewater leaks, natural gas leaks, propane gas leaks and carbon monoxide leaks. All of these problems are just the beginning of more extensive and costly damage to follow if not detected and repaired early. Obviously the longer any water leak has leaked over time, the damage becomes much worse. Often causing severe damage to structural parts of the home, such as any wood, floor joists, beams, subflooring, headers, studs, top & bottom plates and even the foundation. These leaks also cause severe damage to non-structural items such as, cabinets, hardwood & laminate flooring, linoleum, carpet & padding, baseboards, sheetrock and more. There is also the possibility of damage to your personal items, furniture, clothing etc. Over time long-term leakage on any wood surfaces results in causing dry rot and toxic black mold. Possibly causing potential health problems for any residents within the home.  Again creating expensive repairs and a burdensome outcome for the homeowner and family members.

Not only is it a good idea to detect any plumbing problems early, but to also inspect and perform any necessary service maintenance on certain plumbing fixtures to ensure they are operating efficiently, such as adjusting the water level/minor repairs inside the toilet tank (to prevent water wasting). Also flushing out and clearing debris from faucet aerators throughout the home. Also flushing out any sediment, scale or rust from your water heater yearly, (a water heater flush is included in the Free Home Plumbing Inspection).

Toxic Black Mold - (Known as Stachybotrys Chartarum) is a greenish-black mold. It can grow on material such as any wood, sheetrock, tile & grout, carpet & padding, fiberboard, paper, dust, and lint. Growth occurs when there is moisture from water damage, excessive humidity, water leaks, condensation, water infiltration, or flooding. Constant moisture is required for its growth. Toxic black molds should be treated with respect to potential health risks and all means of removal. People living in homes that have toxic black mold may experience symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation when exposed to the mold. Some people may have more severe reactions such as fever and shortness of breath. Immune compromised people, and people with chronic lung diseases are at increased risk for opportunistic infections and may develop fungal infections in their lungs.

Dry Rot - Is caused by fungus that deteriorates wood in buildings when exposed to long-term moisture from water, often from plumbing leaks. The decayed wood becomes brittle and can eventually rot the wood into powder. An outbreak of dry rot within a building can be perceived to be an extremely serious infestation that is hard to eradicate, requiring drastic remedies to correct. Eventually the decay can cause instability and cause the structure to collapse.

1-Piece Valve/Supply Lines - Unfortunately over the years many homes throughout the United States have been equipped with a very unreliable and dangerous part that can typically be found under any type of sink, and at toilets. It is called a 1-piece valve/supply line. This part is attached to the hot & cold water pipes that come out of the wall and connects up to the bottom side of faucets and toilets. It is basically a water shut off valve with supply tubing. The problem with these 1-piece valve/ supply lines is they are designed very poorly in every way. They have a long history of bursting, and are notorious for literally flooding homes with excessive amounts of water! Again these parts are designed very poorly with cheap plastic parts internally and are weak, just waiting to burst. There are also a few more issues as well that make the 1-peice valve/supply line possibly the worst plumbing part ever made. They are considered a non-repairable item and are a replacement item only. It is our standard procedure to note this part as a replace now item, when discovering any off the 1-piece valve/supply lines during a home plumbing inspection, whether it is currently leaking or not. This is due to liability, and the poor quality of these parts. Of course they should be replaced, and will be replaced with a new high quality independent valve and an independent supply line of a different style. Please CLICK HERE to view photos of what these defective parts look like.

Gas Leaks - Can cause major explosions, extreme fires, asphyxiation, severe bodily harm, burns, brain damage and even death! Even very small gas leaks that accumulate over a period of time add a significant amount of pollutants that stress the immune system and other bodily functions. Gas is primarily composed of methane. Methane is a highly flammable compound. In its purest form, natural gas is colorless and odorless. Gas manufacturing companies add a warning smell to it for safety that helps in the detection of gas leakage. One of the major health effects of gas leakage (or exposure to methane) is asphyxiation. It is a serious health condition where the body is not able to get sufficient oxygen supply, which may lead to loss of consciousness, brain damage and death.  As you can see, this is a very important issue and should be taken seriously!

Carbon Monoxide Leaks - Are very dangerous toxic gases produced from water heaters, furnaces and any gas-operated appliance within the home when the flue venting is improperly sized, blocked, disconnected, or is leaking. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes; carbon monoxide can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure it causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure. This is a very important issue and should be taken seriously! Every household should have carbon monoxide detectors installed.

Defective ABS Pipe & Systems - (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) pipe is black plastic pipe used for drain, waste & vent lines in plumbing systems, and was subject to a major class action settlement from failed pipes manufactured from 1984 to 1990. The failed black ABS pipes were identified fracturing near the joints causing leak damage to homes. The cause was identified as a production issue and manufacturers stepped up to cover damage costs to consumers. The pipes were found to crack and in some cases completely shear off, allowing the wastewater to leak and flood. In many cases hairline cracks were found with only minor seepage, but these small cracks still allowed sewer odors to escape into the structure. Since there is no more class action settlement money, the informative websites that dealt with the ABS pipe failures are now disappearing from the web. The funds are now exhausted and the settlement expired on June 10, 2009. Five of the primary manufacturers of ABS pipe settled and agreed to pay damaged consumers by way of a class action settlement. These manufacturers are: Apache, Centaur, Gable, Phoenix, and Polaris. Prior to June 10, 2009 you could get reimbursement as long as you could prove failure and identify the manufacturer. The class action settlement money is now exhausted and any needed current repairs are at your own expense. Please CLICK HERE to view photos of what this defective pipe/piping looks like.

Defective Polybutylene Pipe & Systems - Are a plastic resin that was used for water pipe, and was subject to a major class action settlement from failed pipes manufactured from 1978 to 1995. (Most commonly installed in mobile homes), polybutylene pipe was promoted as the pipe of the future because of its low cost and ease of installation. During the years it was produced, it replaced traditional copper piping for plumbing use. Polybutylene manufacturers initially claimed that their plumbing system would last a lifetime. In fact, it barely lasted a decade and caused extensive property damage when it finally corroded and leaked. Shell Chemical Company was the primary manufacturer of the pipe, along with Quest and Vanguard. The fittings were manufactured by Celanese and DuPont. On average, polybutylene pipes take between 10-15 years to show signs of severe deterioration. When it fails, it does so without warning. Throughout the 1980's, a number of polybutylene lawsuits were filed citing as defective manufacturing. Damage claims ranged in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The only way to eliminate the problem of deteriorating polybutylene piping is to replace it. Prior to May 1, 2009 you could get reimbursement as long as you could prove failure. However the class action settlement funds are now exhausted, and the settlement expired on May 1, 2009. Any needed current repairs are at your own expense.

Please CLICK HERE to view photos of what this defective pipe/piping looks like.

Water Heater Code Requirements - All water heaters (natural gas, propane gas, electric & tankless) are required to be installed to meet plumbing code for safe operation. Any gas operated water heater located within the home or garage must meet code requirements for their flue venting systems.  Gas water heaters must be installed on an 18" non-combustible platform when located in a garage or work area, to prevent the possibility of a flash fire. All gas water heaters are required to have a code approved shut off valve installed, accessible and located at the water heater itself. Every water heater type is required to have an operational temperature pressure valve, with it's properly sized piping that terminates to the exterior of the home, or into an approved drain basin. The temperature pressure piping is also required to be rigid non-flexible pipe, and must maintain a downward slope at all points (for the purpose of drainage). All tank style water heaters are required by plumbing code to be earthquake strapped (regardless of their location). All tank style water heaters located within the home itself whether raised on a platform or sitting on concrete slab floor, wooden subfloor, upstairs (second floor) or attic space is required by code to have a drip pan installed underneath the unit. The drip pans must also have properly sized piping that terminates to the exterior of the home, or into an approved drain basin. All gas water heaters are required by code to have a drip leg (condensation trap) installed at the inlet of the gas control valve. These are some of the major Uniform Plumbing Code requirements, however there are several other code requirements that pertain to water heaters. Water heaters are only considered safe when installed to code, and are operating free of leaks. Every water heater should be flushed yearly to extend its lifetime and to keep it operating efficiently. It's a good idea to have your water heater inspected by our qualified Sacramento Plumber to ensure it is installed to code and operating safely.