Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Crawl Space Plumbing

While the inspector is in the crawl space they should check to make sure all of the plumbing components are in good condition. Any defects that are found will usually be placed in the plumbing section of the report, but they can also be put in this section as well. Please review the entire procedure below.

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection


3.6. Plumbing


I. The inspector shall inspect:

G. The drain, waste and vent system.

H. Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.


II. The inspector shall describe:



III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:



IV. The inspector is not required to:

F. Open sealed plumbing access panels.
U. Determine the existence or condition of polybutylene piping. V. Inspect or test for gas or fuel leaks, or indications thereof.


Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will check all of the visible plumbing in the crawlspace


Tools Needed

The inspector will need to use the flashlight in order to properly inspect the crawlspace plumbing.



  • While inspecting the crawlspace we will want to check all of the visible plumbing for any damage or leaking. This can also be documented in the plumbing section. There are no pictures required for this section unless there is a defect.

Common Defects

  • There are no specific defects for this section but we want to make sure that we check all the visible plumbing in the crawl space for any damage. We will most likely document this in the plumbing section of the report, but we can also document it here in the crawl space plumbing section.

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking all of the plumbing in the crawlspace.


Report / Software


  • The plumbing in the crawl space appeared to be in serviceable condition at time of inspection.


  • The crawlspace plumbing could not be properly evaluated from the crawlspace opening. The visible plumbing components appeared to be in satisfactory condition.


  • There was no plumbing visible in the crawl space at time of inspection.


  • N/A