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Pre-purchase Drain Inspections

Ensure your new home continues to operate correctly

The excitement of buying a new home is a great feeling, all of that hard work and saving has finally paid off. Most people during the buying process get a property inspection conducted. This is typically limited to a visual inspection of both the inside and outside of the property. Unfortunately, one area that cannot be checked and far too often overlooked is plumbing inspections and more specifically sewer pipes.

Why don’t building inspections cover plumbing

Building inspections are just that, a building inspection. They are conducted to check the structural integrity of the house itself covering the interior and exterior including the roof and under-floor spaces. They look out for structural defects which minimises the risk of “unforeseen damages” down the road. However, it is most likely that the building inspector doesn't have access to a drain camera as well as not being trained in how to use one either.

Benefits of a pre-purchase plumbing inspection

The question can be raised “Do I really need a plumbing inspection before buying a house?” the answer is yes, yes you do. Having you plumbing inspected should be high at the top of your list of priorities and for good reason.


The cost of a plumbing inspection far outweighs the cost of a plumbing repairs. Finding an issue before it becomes a problem can help to save money as well as give you peace of mind that you are not going to have future problems down the track. It begs the question “Why would you spend your hard earned money on a repair that you could have avoided with a simple inspection?”