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2. Standards of Practice

2.6 Plumbing

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. inspect and determine if the water supply is public or private;
  2. verify the presence of and identify the location of the main water shut-off valve;
  3. inspect the water heating equipment, including venting, connections, energy source supply system, and seismic bracing, and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves and/or Watts 210 valves;
  4. flush toilets;
  5. water-test sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  6. inspect the interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets;
  7. inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures;
  8. describe any visible fuel-storage systems;
  9. inspect the drainage sump pumps and test pumps with accessible floats;
  10. inspect and describe the water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves;
  11. inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously;
  12. inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot and cold faucets;
  13. inspect and report as in need of repair mechanical drain stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and
  14. inspect and report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components that do not operate.

II. The inspector is not required to:

  1. light or ignite pilot flames.
  2. determine the size, temperature, age, life expectancy or adequacy of the water heater.
  3. inspect the interior of flues or chimneys, combustion air systems, water softening or filtering systems, well pumps or tanks, safety or shut-off valves, floor drains, lawn sprinkler systems or fire sprinkler systems.
  4. determine the exact flow rate, volume, pressure, temperature or adequacy of the water supply.
  5. determine the water quality, potability or reliability of the water supply or source.
  6. open sealed plumbing access panels.
  7. inspect clothes washing machines or their connections.
  8. operate any main, branch or fixture valve.
  9. test shower pans, tub and shower surrounds or enclosures for leakage.
  10. evaluate the compliance with local or state conservation or energy standards, or the proper design or sizing of any water, waste or venting components, fixtures or piping.
  11. determine the effectiveness of anti-siphon, back-flow prevention or drain-stop devices.
  12. determine whether there are sufficient cleanouts for effective cleaning of drains.
  13. evaluate gas, liquid propane or oil storage tanks.
  14. inspect any underground or concealed fuel supply systems.
  15. inspect any private sewage waste disposal system or component thereof.
  16. inspect water treatment systems or water filters.
  17. inspect water storage tanks, pressure pumps or bladder tanks.
  18. evaluate wait-time to obtain hot water at fixtures, or perform testing of any kind to water heater elements.
  19. evaluate or determine the adequacy of combustion air.
  20. test, operate, open or close safety controls, manual stop valves and/or temperatur-e or pressure-relief valves.
  21. examine ancillary systems or components, such as, but not limited to, those relating to solar water heating and hot water circulation.
  22. determine the existence or condition of polybutylene plumbing.

2.7 Electrical