4 Home Inspection Training Topics for Residential Plumbing

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Every house has it, but plumbing can still be a bit of a mystery.

Home inspection training is a big step. It can lead to a career that’s fulfilling for you and meaningful for all of your customers. And while there’s a lot that goes into becoming a home inspector, the one thing that you don’t need is prior experience in any of the areas that you’ll inspect. That might sound strange, but it’s true. And it’s true because ICA School gives you the tools you need to succeed.

Your training covers a lot of ground, one of which is plumbing. If you’ve wondered what you might learn, here’s an overview of what we cover:

#1: Standards of Practice for Residential Plumbing

The general Standards of Practice are relatively similar throughout residential construction. For example, inspectors are expected to inspect areas that are accessible. But each area of a home also has it’s own specifics. For plumbing, this includes inspecting vents, fuel systems, sewage systems, and water supplies.

ICA School explains that you’ll learn to determine the condition of interior water supplies, faucets and other distribution systems, drains and other waste and vent systems, water heaters, and related areas. But inspectors aren’t required to perform certain inspections such as washing machine connections, wells and their related systems, sprinklers, septic systems, measuring water pressure, and several other areas.

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Home owners depend on fixtures working like they should, and home inspectors help.

#2: General Principles of Plumbing

To inspect plumbing, you’ll need to gain a general understand of how these systems work. You probably already know that the water supply runs into and through the house and drains carry it away. But there’s a lot more to learn, especially considering how important plumbing is to the health and safety of people living in the home.

As an example, you’ll learn where wastewater goes, whether to a city sewer system or a septic system. And you’ll also learn about the requirements for certain plumbing components to work properly, such as how traps keep sewer gases from entering the home and how proper venting helps water flow freely.

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Whether they’re in luxury property or something simpler, most plumbing systems and fixtures work in a similar way.

#3: Types of Pipe Found in Residential Construction

Lots of different types of plumbing pipe have been used through the generations. And while some are suitable for both supply and drains, some should never be used for supplies. There’s copper, PVC and CPVC, all of which are very common today. Theres also lead, galvanized, and clay, which are less common but still found in many homes. Other materials, such as PEX, may be found in homes.

ICA School teaches you which materials are suitable for each application, and which ones pose a code violation. For example, lead was once used for water supply lines, but now it’s known to be a major health hazard. But on the other hand, lead isn’t necessarily dangerous when it’s only used for wastewater lines.

#4: Warning Signs That Indicate a Plumbing Issue

One of the most important parts of your training is learning to spot problems. The point of an inspection is twofold. It informs the customer of what’s right with the property, but also informs him about what’s wrong. And sometimes what’s wrong isn’t just inconvenient, it could be dangerous.

Possible issues with plumbing include that telltale foul odor that indicates a sewer gas leak, and damp, wet and moldy areas that could indicate a plumbing leak. But some problems aren’t as easy to spot and take a good working knowledge of the materials and how they age. So you’ll learn how to spot potential problems, such as older galvanized pipe that could be corroded inside, along many others.

Plumbing is both straightforward and complex. At their most basic, these systems carry fresh water into your home, and then carry it away again. But like most everything else, they’re also not quite that simple. That’s why ICA School exists. We teach you what’s normal, and what’s not. And that lets you provide a valuable service for your customers.

The best way to see firsthand what makes ICA School one of the top rated home inspection training courses in America is to try it out for yourself. If you’ve not yet decided whether to enroll, get a free demo and see how different our methods really are.

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