Top 10 Plumbing Items

Originally Posted By: roconnor
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I am teaching a class that briefly touches on Plumbing issues and codes related to home inspection as part of the class.


I have my own thoughts on what the TOP 10 PLUMBING ITEMS would be, but since this is not one of my real strong areas outside of the codes and basic inspections I wanted to get some professional feedback on what people with a strong Plumbing background think.

(PS ... I will post a similar message under HVAC since that is also briefly covered)


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Robert O'Connor, PE
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I am absolutely amazed sometimes by how much thought goes into doing things wrong

Originally Posted By: dbush
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Robert, is there anything specifically you want? Or just, here is what we have seen, or pet peeves?



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Originally Posted By: roconnor
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Just a general list of major things that are significant. I’ll give ya my rough first pass at this to give you an idea what I am thinking about, and take it from there.


1. Main shutoff for water supply.
2. Water lines correct materials (e.g. no old lead services).
3. Water lines not corroded or deteriorated, with adequate pressure.
4. Water lines through unheated spaces insulated.
5. Water heater fuel supply not deteriorated, with filter/trap.
6. Water heater size adequate with sufficient heating (flow/temp).
7. Water heater not deteriorated and operating properly, with relief valve.
8. Traps at fixtures, with vents up through roof.
9. Drain lines not deteriorated, with adequate pitch and capacity (push test).
10. Vented trap with cleanout at sewer/septic system connection.

It's hard to narrow things down and be more specific. I was thinking about a top 20 list, but the course really isn't about plumbing so I am trying to limit the discussion and also tie things into codes where possible (my next step).


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Robert O'Connor, PE
Eagle Engineering ?
Eagle Eye Inspections ?
NACHI Education Committee

I am absolutely amazed sometimes by how much thought goes into doing things wrong