Plumbing system

Author: Little Creek Home Inspections, LLC |

  1. The home inspector shall inspect:
    1. Interior water supply and distribution system, including: piping materials, supports, and insulation; fixtures and faucets; functional flow; leaks; and cross connections; NC Home Inspector Licensure Board NC Administrative Code and General Statutes January 1, 2008 Page 15
    2. Interior drain, waste, and vent system, including: traps; drain, waste, and vent piping; piping supports and pipe insulation; leaks; and functional drainage;
    3. Hot water systems including: water heating equipment; normal operating controls; automatic safety controls; and chimneys, flues, and vents;
    4. Fuel storage and distribution systems including: interior fuel storage equipment, supply piping, venting, and supports; leaks; and
    5. Sump pumps.
  2. The home inspector shall describe:
    1. Water supply and distribution piping materials;
    2. Drain, waste, and vent piping materials;
    3. Water heating equipment, including fuel or power source, storage capacity, and location; and
    4. The location of any main water supply shutoff device.
  3. The home inspector shall operate all plumbing fixtures, including their faucets and all exterior faucets attached to the house, except where the flow end of the faucet is connected to an appliance.
  4. The home inspector is not required to:
    1. State the effectiveness of anti-siphon devices;
    2. Determine whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private;
    3. Operate automatic safety controls;
    4. Operate any valve except water closet flush valves, fixture faucets, and hose faucets;
    5. Inspect:
      1. Water conditioning systems;
      2. Fire and lawn sprinkler systems;
      3. On-site water supply quantity and quality;
      4. On-site waste disposal systems;
      5. Foundation irrigation systems;
      6. Bathroom spas, except as to functional flow and functional drainage;
      7. Swimming pools;
      8. Solar water heating equipment; or
      9. Inspect the system for proper sizing, design, or use of proper materials.

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