Truth-in-Housing Plumbing Inspection MN

Get A Plumbing Inspection Before You Put Your Home On The Market

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime, so you should be sure that the home you want to buy is in good condition. A home inspection is an evaluation of a home’s condition by a trained expert. During a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth and impartial look at the property you plan to buy. In most cases, the inspection procedure involves the inspection of the home’s interior structure, water heating system, roof,basement, heating or cooling system, plumbing, exterior structure, electrical system and other aspects of the house. There is no pass or fail rating during a home inspection process.

Truth-in-Sale Housing Inspection

The inspector will evaluate:

  • Evaluate the physical condition: the structure, construction and mechanical systems.
  • Identify items that should be repaired or replaced.
  • Discuss the useful life of the major systems (such as electrical, plumbing systems, heating, air conditioning), equipment, structure and finishes.
  • Evaluate – doors, windows, walls, foundation, roof, grading, walkways, insulation, ventilation, interior wall covering, siding, plumbing, electrical, soffits, fascia, furnace, water heater, air conditioner

ITEMS COMMONLY FOUND HAZARDOUS

Smoke Detectors: Smoke detectors are required in each sleeping room, and on each story or level of the dwelling including the basement area. Smoke detectors may be battery operated. All smoke detectors must be functioning.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Carbon Monoxide Detectors are required within 10 feet of each sleeping room.  These detectors may be battery operated and must be functioning.

Backflow Prevention Devices: Common locations where a backflow prevention device is required:

•    Outside garden hose connections.

•    Laundry tubs having a faucet that is threaded for a hose connection.

•    Hand-held shower sprayers that could hang into tub water.

Other locations where backflow or siphoning could occur are toilet ballcocks that are not located above the tank water line, any faucets that discharge below the spill line of its receptor, and lawn irrigation systems having improper backflow protection.

Garage Door Openers: Many garage door openers are plugged into extension cords. This type of wiring is a hazard. All garage door openers must be plugged directly into approved outlets. Other appliances that cannot be connected to extension cords are water softeners, window air conditioners, washing machines, clothes dryers, sump pumps and other “permanent” appliances. An electrical permit must be secured to install a new electrical outlet.

Electrical Fixtures/Cover Plates: Outlets and junction boxes with missing cover plates are a hazard. Adding the appropriate cover plate eliminates this hazard. Broken or cracked switches, outlets and fixtures are also considered a hazard and must be replaced.

Electrical Ground: Electrical systems must be properly grounded. One of the areas where grounding is required is around the water meter. A #6 wire (#4 if electrical service is 150 amp or greater) is required to be attached to the house side of the water meter with an approved clamp and also to the street side of the water meter with an approved clamp.

Gas Piping: Any gas piping for an appliance must have a gas shut-off valve within 3 feet of the appliance. Flexible gas piping is not permitted, except stainless steel flexible piping, which is allowed for stoves.

Unapproved flexible gas appliance connectors and valves, and uncapped gas lines: All gas fired appliances are connected by one of three methods: A soft copper tubing with flared fittings, rigid piping connected directly to the appliance, or flexible connectors. Approved (stainless steel) flexible gas connectors must be listed to the American National Standards Institute Standard No. Z21.24 or A21.45. Unapproved flexible connectors have the potential of rupturing and spilling of gas. Unused gas lines must be removed or capped with the appropriate plug and sealant.

Water Heater: Common hazards reported on water heaters include improper location or installation, improperly located or missing pressure relief valve, temperature and pressure relief valve piping that is plugged or capped.  Indications of problems with the water heater include rust holes, a backpitch, open or improperly sealed joints, backdrafting, and evidence of spillage.

The Bottom Line: Spending Hundreds May Save Thousands

When you make a written offer on a home, you should insist that the contract state that the offer is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a qualified inspector. You will have to pay for the inspection yourself, but it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you far more in repairs down the road. If you are satisfied with the results of the inspection, then your offer can proceed.

Although it is common practice for home buyers to get an inspection of the home that they are planning to purchase, there are also many advantages for the home Sellers to have their home inspected before putting it on the market. This is especially true in this current “challenging” market for home sellers. Particularly at this time, anything that a home seller can do to set themselves apart from other sellers is important and can reap real benefits. It can pay off in having your home on the market for less time, as well as getting the price that you want.

Call A Minnesota Plumber

A Minnesota Plumbing Contractor can help evaluate your homes plumbing system and make the necessary recommendations or repairs.

All in all, it should make it easier and quicker to sell your home, and perhaps even get a better price for it. This certainly should make you happy! The buyer should be happy, as well, if the purchase can proceed to closing without a lot of complications. It’s a win-win situation for everyone concerned!

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The full legal description of required repairs is Title 12, Chapter 248.80 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances. The Code of Ordinances is available at the public library or online at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/cityhall/laws/ordinances/.

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