Evans Inspection Service
    InterNational Association of Certified Home Inspectors
           Inspection Standards

Standards for Inspecting the Plumbing:

I. The inspector shall:
  •   Inspect and determine if the water supply is public or private.
  •   Verify the presence of and identify the location of the main water shutoff valve.
  •   Inspect the water heating equipment, including venting, connections, energy source
    supply system, seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure
    relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves.
  •   Flush toilets.
  •   Run water in sinks, tubs, and showers.
  •   Inspect the interior water supply including all fixtures and faucets.
  •   Inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures.
  •   Describe any visible fuel storage systems.
  •   Inspect the drainage sump pumps and test pumps with accessible floats.
  •   Inspect and describe the water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well
    as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves.
  •   Inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the
    functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously.
  •   Inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot
    and cold faucets.
  •   Inspect and report as in need of repair mechanical drain-stops that are missing or do not
    operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs.
  •   Inspect and report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic
    material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components which do not
II. The inspector is not required to:
  •   Light or ignite pilot flames.
  •   Inspect interiors of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softening or filtering
    systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-of valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems
    or fire sprinkler systems.
  •   Determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature, or adequacy of the water
  •   Determine the water quality or potability or the reliability of the water supply or source.
  •   Open sealed plumbing access panels.
  •   Inspect clothes washing machines or their connections.
  •   Operate any main, branch or fixture valve.
  •  Test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage.
  •   Evaluate the compliance with local or state conservation or energy standards, or the
    proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping.
  •   Determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, back-flow prevention or drain-stop devices.
  •   Determine whether there are sufficient clean-outs for effective cleaning of drains.
  •   Evaluate water treatment systems or water filters.
  •   Inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps or bladder tanks.
  •   Evaluate wait time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water
    heater elements.
  •   Evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air.
  •   Test, operate, open or close safety controls, manual stop valves and/or temperature or
    pressure relief valves.
  •   Determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing.

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