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What to Expect from a Plumbing Inspection

A professional plumber performs an inspection of the kitchen sink in a Caseyville, IL, home.


What is a plumbing inspection? Do I really need it? How often should I schedule it? How much will it cost? Our experts at Morrison Plumbing can answer all these questions and more. Simply give us a call or read on to learn about plumbing inspections and how they can benefit your home.

What is a Plumbing Inspection?

If you’re a homeowner, you may be wondering what a plumbing inspection is and what it entails. Basically, a plumbing inspection is a comprehensive examination of your plumbing system to ensure everything is working properly. You have many elements that contribute to your system’s overall function. When you call one of our experts, we can examine your plumbing pipes, hose bibs, sinks, bathtubs, faucets, showers, toilets, and water heaters. A thorough plumbing inspection will help our professional technicians determine if everything is performing at the correct level or if any repairs are needed. At Morrison Plumbing, we are invested in your safety, as well as your convenience. We want you to be comfortable in your home with a plumbing system you can always rely on.


What Kinds of Plumbing Inspections Are There?

The most common type of plumbing inspection completed by professionals is called a visual inspection, which involves the plumber examining all the water and sewer fittings to check for leaks or signs one could appear. We’ll also make sure your appliances are properly connected and check your drains and drainage systems to ensure everything is working as it should. The other type of plumbing inspection is called a camera inspection, which involves our technicians using a compact, high-resolution camera to insert into your pipes. An image will be projected on a screen so we can get a clear visual on the inside of your pipes and effectively identify any clogs or potential drain blockages. It’s important that any issues with the supply lines or your sewer lines are identified and resolved quickly, before they become more serious or costly repairs.

A professional plumbing technician uses a camera inspection to see the inside of the pipes in this Caseyville, IL, home.

What is Included with Your Plumbing Inspection?

If you’re wondering what to expect during your plumbing inspection, we can inform you of our processes. When you hire Morrison Plumbing, one of our expert technicians will thoroughly inspect all points in your plumbing system where water flows through your home, including sinks, toilets, and your lines and pipes. We will look for potential problems, such as leaks, cracks, damaged fittings, and more. We will also examine your outdoor plumbing fixtures (faucets and fittings) to make sure they are operating properly and are protected from freezing during the colder months. You will also have your water heater inspected, including the pressure relief valve, connections, and other fittings. Lastly, we will check the main sewer line and examine the cleanout access. With our comprehensive services, you can be sure your entire system is getting thoroughly inspected.

Why Should You Get a Plumbing Inspection & How Often?

There are many reasons why you should invest in a plumbing inspection for your home. If you’re buying a home, the routine house inspection will check three main points: making sure the drains empty, the taps work, and the toilets flush. This is not a comprehensive plumbing inspection, which will cover many more points. It would be preferable to catch potential problems before you sign everything. If you’re selling your home, plumbing inspections can be useful by assuring your prospective buyers that your plumbing system is in great shape and running properly. This is a big selling point for buyers. As a homeowner, you’ll want to protect your system to prevent expensive plumbing emergencies. Regular inspections can stop small problems from becoming big problems. Most professional plumbers recommend having a thorough plumbing inspection done every two years—though if you have a home over 40 years old, best to make it an annual appointment.

An expert plumber examines a residential water heater in Caseyville, IL.

How Much Will the Plumbing Inspection Cost?

Different plumbing companies will charge different rates based on the work they have to complete for your plumbing inspection. In the country, the average cost for a visual plumbing inspection is about $200. Inspections that require the use of specialized equipment, like a camera, will be more expensive, possibly up to $500.

Here are some typical plumbing repair costs if you discover you need them. Remember that even the most expensive repair will most likely result in less expense in the long run. You’re investing in the future of your plumbing system and its continued safe function. These prices represent average costs. Please contact us at Morrison Plumbing to find out our specific rates and we’ll provide you with a free quote.

  • Clearing sewer lines – $75-$200
  • Unclogging drains – $175
  • Sewer line repair $750-$2000
  • Sewer line replacement – $7000+
  • Removing objects from drain lines – $100-$300

When you need a professional plumbing inspection, call Morrison Plumbing at (618) 408-1624 today! We’ll provide you with expert service at fair prices, making sure you have peace of mind that your home is in good hands.


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