Would you pay for a plumber if nothing was wrong with the plumbing in your house? It seems like a strange idea until you consider that preventative maintenance is a function that actually saves you money in the end.
Just like scheduled, routine oil changes for your vehicle, a healthy check up on the plumbing of your home and business can save you thousands of dollars or more by preventing a problem before it occurs. We will demonstrate how preventative plumbing can protect your investment and prevent costly repair bills.
Caring for Your Water Heater
Most consumers don't give the household water heater much thought, until the hot water isn't available for their morning shower. But the majority of hot water heaters can be used for twenty years or more (depending on the model) with regular preventative maintenance.
Remember to insulate your water heater and hot water pipes. If your heater is not insulated, consider having it professionally insulated with a fire retardant blanket. The harder your heater has to work to maintain a consistent water temperature, the more wear and tear there will be on your appliance. Periodically hire a plumber to completely drain and inspect your water heater for problems. Scale can quickly accumulate in a water heater and clog pipes, but a licensed plumber can clean your water heater and restore it to optimal functioning. Your heater should be inspected annually to prevent issues.
Cleaning of Pipes and Drains
Depending on the age of your house or business, and the structure of your plumbing, drainage can quickly become an issue. Debris that is washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet can quickly accumulate and create a flood, with grey or black water back flow. Depending on the type of drain and the location of the blockage, flood damage can be extensive and cause thousands of dollars in property damage.
Some plumbing professions offer a scope camera evaluation of your plumbing system to prevent back flow issues. Where a problem is diagnosed or where an accumulation of debris is noted, a plumber can take action to help remove the debris and restore the normal flow of water and sewage. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur, it is better to eliminate a potential problem before it creates property damage with routine cleaning of your pipes and drains.
Correction and Repair of Water Leaks
Property owners assume that in the case of a water leak, they will be aware of the location of the leak and able to take action to correct it. One of the problems with installation plumbing is that the pipes that run through your house, inside your walls and into your foundation can all develop a slow leak that may not present itself with obvious symptoms.
For instance, if there is a slow leak in a pipe that feeds water to the upstairs bathroom, you may not notice there is anything wrong until you detect a water stain on the ceiling. On further inspection you find that there may be substantial damage to the wood frames and other building materials around the leak. One of the most dangerous impacts of a slow leak is the dampening of wires when water comes in contact with electrical cables or outlets. Water combined with live electricity creates both an electrocution hazard as well as a potential fire hazard.
A qualified plumber can inspect every inch of your plumbing to identify problems. They know where to look and exactly what they are looking for with regards to diagnosing small leaks that can lead to big risks, compromising the safety of your home.
Sump Pump Maintenance
If your home has a basement that required the installation of a sump pump, routine maintenance and inspection of your pump is required on an annual basis. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, more than 60% of homes experience issues with water management in the basement or foundation.
The sump pump is an essential tool in flood water management. A floating mechanism detects the water level of the ground water below your basement foundation. When the water level rises, the pump is initiated to pump out water, which is discarded via plumbing pipes away from the foundation of the home.
In order to keep your sump pump working well, routine maintenance included an inspection of the discharge line to ensure it is not blocked with debris that would create a back flow of water into the basement. The float component (which triggers the activity of the pump) should be able to float up and down without difficulty and be free of debris, and the pit where the sump pump is located should also be cleaned in the Spring and the Fall of every year to remove debris that would impede the normal function of the pump.
Don't wait for a flood, a leak or water damage to your home when you can take affirmative action and schedule routine plumbing maintenance and inspection of your flood control system. Protect your property and prevent costly repairs with annual plumbing maintenance services.