I. Standards of Practice

 II. Scope of Inspections

1. Foundations & Basements
2. Exteriors
3. Roof Coverings
4. Attics & Roof Framing

5. Plumbing
6. Electrical Systems
7. Heating Systems
8. Central Cooling System

  9. Fireplaces and Chimneys
10. Building Interior
11. Appliances and Systems
12. Pools and Spa

III. Limitations, Exceptions
 & Exclusions

IV. Glossary of Terms

V. Inspector Profiles


Scope of Inspection
As established by the California Real Estate Inspection Association

SECTION 5 - Plumbing

A. Items to be identified and reported:

1. Supply, waste, and vent piping.

2. Fixtures, faucets and drains.

3. Water heating equipment, including combustion air, venting, connections, energy sources, seismic bracing, and temperature-pressure relief valves.

4. Functional flow of water supply and functional drainage at fixtures.

5. Gas piping and connectors.

6. Cross-connections.

B. The inspector is not required to:

1. Operate any valve other than fixture faucets and hose faucets attached to the building.

2. Operate any system, fixture or component which is shut down or disconnected.

3. Examine or verify operation of water supply or pressure assistance systems, including, but not limited to: wells, pumps, tanks, and related equipment.

4. Verify functional flow or pressure at any fixture or faucet where the flow end is capped or connected to an appliance, or measure pressure, volume or temperature.

5. Examine or operate any sewage disposal system or component including, but not limited to: septic tanks and/or any underground system or portion thereof, or ejector pumps for rain or waste.

6. Examine the overflow device of any fixture.

7. Evaluate the potability of water, compliance with local or state conservation or energy standards, or proper design or sizing of any water, waste, and venting components, fixtures, or piping.

8. Identify whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private.

9. Evaluate time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements.

10. Examine ancillary systems or components such as, but not limited to: those relating to solar water heating, hot water circulation, yard sprinklers, water conditioning, swimming pools or spas and related equipment, and fire sprinklers.

11. Test shower pans for leakage or fill any fixture with water during examination.

12. Evaluate the gas supply system for leaks or pressure.

13. Determine effectiveness of anti-siphon, back-flow prevention, or drain-stop devices.

14. Determine whether there are sufficient clean-outs for effective clearing of drains.

15. Evaluate gas, liquid propane, or oil storage tanks.


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