In this video, Master Plumber Bryan Graham talks about why you should consider hiring a plumber to do a hydrostatic test of any home you’re considering purchasing. Call us at 281-302-6710 to set that up.
Summary of the Hydrostatic Test in Real Estate Purchases Video
If you’re buying a new house, I highly recommend that you get a hydrostatic test. Most home inspectors don’t do this test. However a lot of them will recommend that you get it done.
What the test tells you is whether or not you have a leak in the drain piping underneath your house. The process is pretty simple. What we’ll do is clog up the sewer and then we’ll fill up the drain piping system with water. If the water in the drain piping drains away with the sewer pipe clogged, that’ll tell us you have a a leak and how substantial it is.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t tell us exactly where the leak is. We’ll have to do more testing if you do have a leak, and you want to isolate that leak and see what it’s going to take to repair that.
Even if you decide that you don’t want to do more testing to find the location of the leak, you know there is a leak and that can affect your decision to buy the property and determine what you want to pay. The hydrostatic test tells you whether you have water leaking under the house, and if you do the leak could potentially lead to foundation issues or more serious problems.
It can get quite expensive to fix a slab leak. I almost recommend doing a hydrostatic test more than I recommend doing a home inspection, because the cost associated with fixing underground drain piping can be quite expensive. So if you need a hydrostatic test, please don’t hesitate to call Graham Plumbing Services at 281-302-6710.