Home plumbing can be taken for granted until there is an issue. Plumbing repairs can become extremely costly when the addition of damage from the problem is accounted for. Leaking supply lines, plugged drains, or even a hot water heater can create extensive clean up and repair issues. An annual inspection of the entire home plumbing system can catch problems when they are still minor in nature. A full check by a qualified and experienced plumber can leave a home owner’s mind at ease. The inspection should include every aspect from water supply to drainage. Your home may include sump pumps, water treatment or sewer injection systems. If there is a septic system, a plumber is the best resource to insure proper working order and need for removal of waste.
The water lines in a home begin with the connection from either a municipal supply, or a well. The plumber will check this connection and test the main water valve for proper function and leaks. All further connections and valves will be inspected. If there are connections between differing metals, such as copper and galvanized steel, the addition of a dielectric union pipe fitting will be checked. This prevents corrosion from the two metals together. Galvanized pipe is installed in many older homes. In long horizontal runs, this type of pipe lends itself to plugging from sediment building up over time. The plumber will test water pressure and flow to determine any issues. Faucets and hose bibs will be tested for leaks and valve function. The professional will pay attention to proper support of pipes throughout open areas. If the home water is fed by a well, the pumping system and lines will be checked. Faucets and shower heads can become clogged from excessive hardness in the water. The water can be tested and a treatment system may be recommended.
Good drainage of used water from the home is of utmost importance. A backed up drain can yield extensive clean up and repair costs. The plumber will check for a good swirl when water is going down a drain. Sluggish drains can be cleaned before a catastrophe exists. All joints in drainage lines will be checked for leaks. An experienced plumber can detect the slightest of evidence from old leaks that may create future damage. Mold or mildew may be from a hidden leak somewhere. The best knowledge of finding these issues rests with the plumber. Sewer line or septic system access will be located. A septic system will be inspected for pumping and / or drainage issues.
The hot water heater will inspected for any gurgling sounds, indicating a sediment buildup. It may be flushed or recommended for replacement. If gas is used as a heat source, the flame will be looked at for proper color.
As a home owner, the joy of a working plumbing system is forgotten until it is lost. Don’t let an issue surprise you. Call us for an annual inspection, and have piece of mind in knowing that your water is entering and leaving your home as it should.