Just as your body needs to undergo routine physical exams in order for you to stay on top of your health, your home also needs scheduled examinations. This way, not only do you update yourself with the state of your house, you can also act upon minor problems before they become worse. Plumbing, in particular, could use checkups every now and then so that they remain serviceable and free of issues. If you care much about the house you live in, you will schedule maintenance inspections with your local plumber.
Prevention is the Best Repair
Why should you have your home’s plumbing checked occasionally instead of only whenever there is a problem? It is better to have scheduled maintenance checkups at least once every year so that you can preempt nasty plumbing problems, particularly when the problems involve worn-out or old water fixtures. Identifying potential plumbing problems and acting upon them early saves you from costlier repairs and cleanups.
Annual Checkups Can Save You Money
As mentioned earlier, annual checkups can save you from having to pay for severe plumbing damages, but there is another reason why yearly inspections can be cost-effective for you. Through annual plumbing inspections, you can theoretically lower the costs of your water bills. The inspections can spot leaks or inefficient plumbing systems to be repaired, which can drive up your bill if left unattended.
What a Yearly Plumbing Checkup Looks For
A standard annual plumbing checkup will cover the parts of a plumbing system that experience the most problems. Drains, toilets, and sinks are the first priority, since clogs are a perennial problem. Faucets, valves, pumps, hoses, and pipes are then checked for leaks and/or damages. Other plumbing fixtures such as sump pumps, septic tanks, and similar others can also be checked for, depending on their availability.
Older and More Fragile Calls for Tighter Inspections
Older plumbing systems are more prone to damage and malfunction, and will need special attention. Thus, homeowners whose plumbing has seen better days should schedule more frequent inspections. It is recommended that older plumbing should undergo inspections twice a year or as needed in order to fully address their looming problems.
How You Can Help
Before your plumber arrives for the scheduled inspection, you can do simple plumbing troubleshooting yourself so that you can bring your plumber up to speed later on. Here are some things to look out for that calls for closer inspection:
- Unnatural noises coming from plumbing
- Reduced water pressure
- Sudden inefficiency of water fixture
- Higher water costs
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