Home Buyers

HOMEBUYERS – don’t play a guessing game

Inspect the Sewer and the Gas Line BEFORE You Purchase

If the home you are wanting to buy is 40 yrs. old or older you need to have a sewer line inspection performed. If this house uses gas you also need to have a Gas Leak Test. See the Gas Leak Testing page here.

Right now the condition of the sewer under the house is a mystery. You could have a busted fitting, a cracked pipe, a root infiltration, a separated line or a collapsed pipe. A leaking sewer is one of the major contributors to foundation trouble, as per The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) statutes.

(ASCE) Particularly sections 1.2 and 7.6

Make sure you don’t buy someone else’s plumbing problems.

Once you purchase a homeowners insurance policy, the sewer and gas lines under your house through the property line are not covered. Click here for the specific conditions and exclusions of insurance policies.

Inspecting the sewer is a simple, low cost process that determines the integrity of the sewer line under the house and can save you money. If a leak is detected, the seller will usually reduce the closing costs of the home based on the inspection and repair costs. The seller is also legally obligated to disclose the issue to any prospective homebuyer. If a home seller refuses the sewer and/or gas leak test inspection, it’s a good indicator he/she is aware of existing trouble, and you need to walk away.

Hire a Licensed Plumbing Contractor

Your home inspector cannot perform an inspection on the sewer or a leak test on the gas. A sewer inspection can only be performed by a plumbing contractor licensed by the state of Texas represented by a Master Plumbers’ number like M-39863.

Want to add style to your new home? Upgrade your plumbing fixtures to a style that fits your taste. Call us today to arrange a free, no-obligation plumbing consultation with our Master Plumber. From going green to “The Masters Eye Inspection”, the plumbing consultation you receive from GWS is the best you will ever experience.