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Author Anthony Clow
Published Apr 11 2023
Last Updated Apr 17 2023

Protecting your home from leaks and water damage.

What’s the most common defect found during a home inspection, regardless of the age of the home? Moisture and drainage. And anyone who’s dealt with a leak can tell you that water damage can be disastrous.

And it doesn’t help that in beautiful British Columbia, we have soft water. While “soft” sounds harmless, it has a low Ph level which deteriorates mechanical equipment and plumbing supplies faster than normal. This is especially problematic in older homes with copper piping – the low Ph water pits the metal and washes it away.

This is why a third-party mechanical system inspection is so important. Mechanical system inspections help to mitigate risks associated with leaks or large-scale mechanical failures. These leaks can be quite costly, especially in condos or multi-unit strata buildings, where the insurance rates have continued to rise in recent years due to water damage. In addition, the older a home, the more likely the inspection will yield actionable items and the more likely it is to have a mechanical failure.

Who should conduct mechanical inspections?

Many homebuyers assume that a home inspection completed by a General Contractor (GC)is sufficient. While we greatly respect GCs, they are not mechanical system specialists. A specialist like True Mechanical will identify mechanical-specific issues that GC’s would not be aware of.

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What can I expect during the process?

We review all mechanical system components, from piping and installed materials to equipment and appliances. We then provide a detailed report noting our observations and make recommendations based on industry-standard best practices or suggested manufacturer life expectancies. Finally, our report advises whether the actionable items require replacement, repair, or code upgrades.

An inspection covers all visible piping and mechanical components. We review the installation versus the most recent code requirements and consider product reliability and other factors. The most common mechanical failures we see are expired fixture seals and equipment due to age, installation issues, product reliability, and more.

When do I need a 3rd-Party inspection?

Inspections on mechanical systems should be completed:

  • Every five years, once a home has aged beyond ten years.
  • Before buying a new home. Knowing what you’re getting into can be an effective price-negotiation tool when the market is right.


How do I get a 3rd-Party inspection done?

Think of an inspection not as an expense – it’s protection against liability. Our reports can educate homeowners on proactive versus reactive plumbing maintenance, which helps to lower the chances of these risks occurring and the associated costs.

Ultimately, our goal is to find issues before a leak occurs. Then, when people are proactive and call for an inspection, we can capture such matters before a failure occurs. And, we want to be clear – we don’t just point out problems – we provide solutions. To book an inspection, call (604) 358-5435 or
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