Frequently Asked Questions


What is a “home plumbing inspection”?

An Experteye inspection is a visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home. If you are thinking of buying a house, co-op or condominium, you should have the plumbing properly inspected before the final purchase, by an experienced Experteye.

Why do I need my plumbing system inspected?

The purchase of a home may well be the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect–indoors and out–in terms of repair and maintenance and their costs. A fresh coat of paint could be hiding serious structural problems. Watermarks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem or maybe simply the result of a single incident. The Experteye inspector interprets these and other clues, then presents his professional opinion as to the condition of the property before you buy it, so you can avoid unpleasant and possibly costly surprises afterward.
Of course, the Experteye inspector will also point out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep it in good shape. After an Experteye Inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of what it is you are about to purchase, and you will be able to make your decision confidently.
If you have owned your home for a period of time, an Experteye inspector can identify problems in the making and recommend preventive measures, which might avoid future repairs.

What does an Experteye inspector include?

A complete home plumbing inspection includes a visual examination of the house from top to bottom.

an Experteye inspector will examine the plumbing system from the basement to the attic.
 The inspector will be able to verify the integrity of the water distribution system and the drain waste and vent system. The inspection can reveal information regarding the qualifications of the installer.
 We can perform an internal video inspection of the main building drain and/or sewer system.
 We can also examine some of the hidden areas where piping may exist…like a crawl space or attic space.

Can I do it myself?

Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and experience of a professional plumber of over 30 years who is fully educated and who has inspected hundreds, (in our case, thousands) of homes in his career. An inspector is equally familiar with all the elements of home construction and with the proper installation, maintenance and interrelationships of those elements. It should also be considered that, most buyers find it very difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may lead to a poor assessment.

What will it cost?

inspection fees vary. every building whether commercial or residential has a complex plumbing system.
The size of the system or the need for video in-pipe inspection and locating service can help determine the approximate cost. The cost of an in-depth verification/inspection shouldn’t determine whether to hire the Expert Eye inspector. The cost of finding trouble after the purchase of a home should be the contributing factor.
When do I call an Experteye home plumbing inspector?
The best time to call the Experteye home plumbing inspector is after your offer on the house has been accepted and before you sign the contract. Or you can ask your lawyer to include an “inspection clause” in the contract, making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home plumbing inspection.

Do I have to be there?

We can explain the complexities of the systems as we go along if you’re interested. It is a good idea for you to be present. By following the Experteye around the house, by observing and asking questions, you will learn about your new home and get some tips on maintenance in general — information that will be of great help to you after you’ve moved in.

What if the report reveals problems?

If the Experteye inspector finds fault in a home it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy it, only that you will know in advance what type of repairs to anticipate. A seller may be willing to renegotiate the purchase price because of significant problems discovered in the inspection or even make repairs to the systems observed to be deficient. If your budget is very tight, or if you don’t wish to become involved in future repair work, you may decide that this is not the house for you. however, we are capable of providing estimates for repairs to the plumbing systems. The choice is yours.

If the report is good, did I really need an inspection?

Definitely! Now you can complete your home purchase with peace of mind about the condition of the property and all its equipment and systems. You may also have learned a few things about your new home from the inspector’s report and will want to keep that information for future reference. Above all, you can feel assured that you are making a well-informed purchase decision and that you will be able to enjoy your new home the way you want to.

Who gets the home plumbing inspection report/information?

Our consultation information is dedicated solely to our clients. We do not discuss the report with anyone else without your permission. We do not sell or share the report with anyone else unless specifically instructed to do so by our client.

Does the Real Estate Agent need to be there?

Around home plumbing inspection is customary for real estate agents to be present at the plumbing inspection because they are responsible for the home. They are also usually responsible for allowing you and your inspector access to the house. Additionally, they may be able to answer questions. If the home is “for sale by owner”, the owner is usually present.
Our inspection presentation is always focused on you, the buyer. The presence of the owner, seller, or real estate agent can be helpful in some cases (especially Buyers Brokers who usually take a more active role in the home plumbing inspection process), but will not detract from your inspection or distract our inspector.