How Often Should I Have My Plumbing Inspected?
Homeowners should make sure their plumbing is inspected frequently. As with many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and preventing major plumbing disasters on your property is well worth it. Even a small leak, over time, can lead to foundation issues, mold and mildew, rotten wood, and other expensive water damage. Avoid this by keeping up with an annually scheduled inspection from NC Water Heaters.
What Happens in an Inspection?
A plumbing inspection is about a lot more than looking for leaks. The pipes may have cracks or leaks in them, but that is only one small part of the process. In addition:
- Check for running toilets, which can cost hundreds on your water bill
- Check water pressure. High water pressure can adversely affect plumbing fixtures. Low water pressure could be an indication of an underground water line leak.
- Inspect the water and drain lines in the crawlspace and look for any effects of leaks under there, like mold, dripping, and rotting wood
- Sinks and drains are checked for blockages and proper flow
- Washing machines, dishwashers, and other water-using appliances are inspected
- The water supply, shut-off valves, and vents are checked for problems
- Drain cameras are used in exit pipes to make sure waste isn’t building up and causing clogs
- The inspector searches for code violations that may have been overlooked
- Old pipes are inspected to see if they need to be replaced
Whether you have a tanked, tankless, or hybrid water heater, it is recommended to have your water heater inspected and serviced annually, or according to manufacturer guidelines. Regular maintenance will ensure proper operation of your water heater. The average lifespan of a water heater is 10-15 years.
After the inspection, your plumber will sit down and go over the results with you. A thorough inspector should have a number of updates for you on how the system is aging and what issues may need to be addressed. They will then give recommendations on how to address these problems.
Potential issues needing to be remedied include:
- Fixing leaking joints between pipes
- Replacing or repairing water heater
- Resealing tubs or toilets
- Stopping leaks from faucets
- Preventing tree roots from interfering with pipes
- Recommending updates to dishwashers or other appliances
- Getting the system up to code
NC Water Heaters Is an Experienced, Professional, Triangle Area Plumber
NC Water Heaters is a full-service plumber with a stellar reputation for precision and professionalism. We do so much more than water heaters, including full plumbing inspections. Our experience and reputation sets us above the competition as a Raleigh-Durham plumbing leader. We are happy to put you on our yearly schedule of inspections to perform so you don’t even have to think about it. Give us a call today and we can get you started.