A Guide to Your New Home Pre Delivery Inspection

Congratulations on your new home! Buying a newly built home is exciting; you’ve waiting months, chosen every fixture, and you’re the first people to live in your new home! But before you take possession of your new home, you’ll need to go through a Pre Delivery Inspection or PDI with your builder. 

What is a Pre Delivery Inspection?

A PDI is a required step before possession and it is the moment when you’ll be able to really inspect each element of your new home before you move in, allowing for any issue you find to be noted and solved. In Ontario, Tarion is the insurance body that governs new home construction. They back the workmanship of the builder for 7 years after possession.  

What to look for during your PDI

While you walk through your newly built home with the builder these are the things to make you are paying attention to.

  • Ensure the toilets are properly fastened to the ground by sitting on them and ensuring there isn’t any rocking back and forth. 
  • Flush each toilet and look for leaks around the base, where the toilet meets the floor.
  • Turn every faucet on and off, checking for water pressure, good water temperature changes between hot and cold and ensure that each faucet has the hot and cold taps installed properly.
  • While running each tap, check under the sinks for any leaky plumbing.
  • Walk the outside of the home, looking to see that all gutters and downspouts are installed and properly directing water away from the home’s foundation. 

What to do if you spot something wrong?

Documentation is key during this process. If you or your home inspector come across something that was done incorrectly or poorly, take photos and fulsome notes. The PDI and inspection process through Tarion is strict and enforces stringent timelines. 

Be thorough. It is normal to find things that aren’t quite right as you spend more time living in your new home and really getting to use each item and fixture, but be as thorough as possible during your PDI and don’t feel rushed by the builder representative. This will be your home for years to come and you don’t want any surprises down the line. It’s a good idea to bring a licenced plumber along with a home inspector for your PDI to catch any hidden issues and make sure your new home is built to your satisfaction. Contact Wellbrook Plumbing for an appointment to check out your newly constructed home today. 


How Often Should You Get a Commercial Plumbing Inspection Done?

Regular plumbing inspections are a necessary part of keeping any building plumbing system maintained, and should also not be overlooked for commercial buildings. Commercial plumbing inspections are critical for the early detection of small plumbing issues before they become large plumbing issues.

What Are Commercial Plumbing Inspections?

Commercial plumbing inspections are when a licensed Niagara plumber visits a commercial business property regularly to check on the safety and reliability of the existing plumbing system. Typically these are visual walkthroughs with tests to look for leaks and to ensure that all joints and seams are fitted properly and not in need of repair.

After a complete plumbing inspection of the entire system is completed, you will be provided with a report of the Niagara commercial plumbing company findings, and they will be able to provide recommendations for any maintenance or repair needed.

Benefits of a Commercial Plumbing Inspection

There are a number of benefits of having regular commercial plumbing inspections. The major benefit is the early detection of any issues in your plumbing system, such as corrosion levels, clogs, cracks or breaks in pipes, or hazards. Not only can these issues be expensive to fix when they occur, but it is doubly expensive for commercial businesses as you will likely be required to shut down for the day and lose potential profit.

With regular full-building inspections, an experienced Niagara plumber will also be able to identify potential health hazards early, such as lead or potential bacteria that can contaminate the water source. This early detection is imperative for the safety of your employees and customers.

Recommended Timeline

How often you require a full system inspection for your business is dependent on a number of factors, such as the age of the building, the age of the plumbing system, and whether you notice any plumbing issues. Best practices indicate that most businesses should get their plumbing systems inspected on a quarterly basis to avoid any issues.

If your business has new plumbing, has experienced plumbing issues, or if you are noticing a significant increase in your water bill, schedule an inspection earlier to determine whether you are facing potentially serious issues.

Partner With a Trusted Local Plumber

Partner with a trusted Niagara plumber to ensure your commercial property has the highest quality plumbing service at all times. Wellbrook Plumbing Inc. has been servicing the Niagara Peninsula for 10 years, helping homeowners and businesses keep their plumbing systems in good condition. To connect with Wellbrook Plumbing about a commercial plumbing partnership, click below.