PLUMBING PLUMBING


The PLUMBING section is not yet complete.

I. The inspector will inspect:
  • the main water supply shut-off valve;
  • the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  • the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing;
  • interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water;
  • all toilets for proper operation by flushing;
  • all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  • the drain, waste and vent system; and
  • drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
II. The inspector will describe:
  • whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence;
  • the location of the main water supply shut-off valve;
  • the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve;
  • the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and
  • the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled.
III. The inspector will report as in need of correction:
  • deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously;
  • deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets;
  • mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and
  • toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate.
IV. The inspector is not required to:
  • light or ignite pilot flames.
  • measure the capacity, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater. 
  • inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softener or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems, or fire sprinkler systems. 
  • determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply. 
  • determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source. 
  • open sealed plumbing access panels. 
  • inspect clothes washing machines or their connections. 
  • operate any valve.
  • test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage or functional overflow protection. 
  • evaluate the compliance with conservation, energy or building 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 cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains. 
  • evaluate fuel storage tanks or supply systems.
  • inspect wastewater treatment systems.
  • inspect 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, temperature/pressure-relief valves, control valves, or check valves.
  • examine ancillary or auxiliary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those related to solar water heating and hot water circulation.
  • determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing.


Report prepared by Stephen Prinkey, CPI