Course Description

This course will prepare you to inspect the interior water supply and distribution systems of a residential dwelling. This will include discussions on faucets and fixtures as well as water heating equipment and drain/vent/waste systems.

Courses can be taken on a stand-alone basis. If you plan to pursue the full certificate program you must submit an application to the Program Director. You can access the application form here.

Course Outline

Supply Plumbing

  • Supply plumbing system goals and performance
  • Private water sources
  • Public water service
  • Supply piping distribution system in the house

Water Heaters

  • Fuel supply and viewing systems: gas fired water heaters, oil-fired water heaters, electric water heaters
  • Conventional tank type water heaters
  • High efficiency gas water heaters
  • Combination systems
  • Tankless coils

Drain, Waste and Vent Plumbing

  • Drain piping materials
  • Traps
  • Floor Drains
  • Venting Systems
  • Sewage Ejector Pumps
  • Sump Pumps
  • Laundry Tub Pumps

Plumbing Fixtures and Faucets

  • Basins, sinks and laundry tubs
  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Bidets
  • Bathtubs
  • Tub and shower stall enclosures
  • Shower stalls
  • Whirlpool baths

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Inspect the following to identify type, material, condition, safety concerns and other issues: water supply distribution systems, fixtures and faucets, drain, waste and vent systems, water heating systems and their fuel storage and distribution systems, sump pumps, sewage ejection pumps and related piping
  • Identify the common problems that apply to each plumbing component named, as well as the causes and implications of each problem
  • Describe the inspection procedures involved with each component
  • Define and use proper terminology related to plumbing


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Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Plumbing Inspection
Sep 07, 2020 to Dec 14, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $375.00
Section Notes
  • When you register and pay the course fee (which does not include learning materials), you will receive a link to the Carson Dunlop e-store for the ordering of learning materials.
  • By ordering your materials through this link, as a Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education Home Inspection student, you will receive a discounted rate.
  • Payment is due at time of registration, unless 3rd Party Funded.


If you are planning on completing the entire Certificate in Home Inspection, you must have a completed Application form on file. (see Application Process Certificate in Home Inspection)

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