How Often Should You Have Your Plumbing Inspected?
When considering home maintenance projects, most homeowners probably don’t think about having a plumbing inspection. Like HVAC equipment, the plumbing system inside your home is intricate and has many components, most of which are never given a second thought. That is, until there’s a problem.
It’s a good idea to have your plumbing inspected once per year along with your heating or cooling maintenance.
Most homes have multiple bathrooms providing ample opportunity for unknown leaks to occur. There’s also the kitchen with a garbage disposal as well as the water heater and maybe even a water conditioner or softener. Some appliances are only for convenience while others are necessary for hygiene and safety. Your home’s plumbing may even affect other comfort systems, but unlike your furnace or air conditioner which may have alarms to signal a problem, plumbing challenges often go undetected, causing greater damage.
Since preventing a problem is usually less expensive and more convenient than fixing what’s broken, it’s good for homeowners to be proactive, especially when it comes to their plumbing. Broken or leaking pipes can cause water damage to walls, furnishings and floor coverings. A plumbing inspection can help avoid major damage like this inside your home.
If you live in an older home or have mature trees that could interfere with the water or sewer lines outside your home, it’s especially important to have your plumbing inspected sooner than later.
What’s Included with an Annual Plumbing Inspection?
There are many facets to a comprehensive plumbing inspection, but some of the most common are:
- Water pressure – Too low water pressure definitely makes showering less enjoyable, but it may also signal an underlying problem such as a clogged or leaking pipe. Too high pressure may adversely affect equipment such as the water heater.
- Faucets & Toilets – Water leaks or drips at faucets and toilets costs homeowners hundreds of dollars a year in wasted utility costs.
- Sewer system – The plumbing inspection is a perfect time to make sure waste water is draining properly and there’s no impending blockages.
- Pipes and connections – A plumbing inspection allows for checking the various pipes and connections at water heaters, softeners, humidifiers and conditioners.
A thorough plumbing inspection can save you money and headaches, but only if it’s done by trained plumbers like the professionals at Shadrach Plumbing & Cooling. Call our office to schedule your plumbing inspection today.