The Benefits of an Annual Plumbing Inspection
Why Homeowners Need an Annual Plumbing Inspection
If you are a homeowner, you need to know a good plumber to conduct your annual plumbing inspection.
Some of the basics of indoor plumbing were available in the 1500s, but having a public infrastructure in place took much longer. An important innovation happened when running water and wastewater sewage both became available. When that happened, indoor plumbing quickly gained popularity—today 99% of US homes include plumbing.
Beyond the necessity for new construction and major remodels, plumbers provide a tremendous service to homeowners. Modern plumbing design and fixtures can be simple or complex, the greater the complexity, the greater the need for a plumber. Many homeowners take great pride in taking on DIY projects but plumbing often gives them pause. Water can cause significant damage very quickly. Consider some of these typical plumber repairs that are corrected easily by an experienced plumber with the appropriate tools.
Large Major Leaks
It doesn’t happen often, but a burst pipe has the potential to do major damage very quickly. Sinks and toilets should have local shutoff valves, but often the valves are corroded open. It is also important to locate the main shutoff valve to the home in case of emergencies. After stopping the water flow, a plumber can assess the pipe damage and make repairs as needed.
Small Minor Leaks
Often these leaks are hidden from view and difficult to find, and minor leaks can create major damage. They pose a big problem since they keep wood and flooring wet over a long period of time. Wet surfaces can lead to rot, mold, and mildew infestations. The average insurance claim for water damage to homes exceeds $10,000.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leaks account for approximately 10 percent of a home’s water usage. That is about 10,000 gallons annually per home wasted due to leaks.
- Dripping faucets are more than just annoying. Each one can leak more than 100 gallons per year.
- Leaky flapper valves in the toilet lead to intra-flush water fills and can leak away more than 200 gallons per year.
Leaking or Overflowing Drains
Most people consider wastewater disgusting and prefer not to deal with it and plumbers are prepared to properly care for drains and wastewater.
- They replace cracked or corroded drain pipes.
- They break through clogs and flush the build-up that leads to clogs.
- They remove roots from sewer lines.
- They unclog vent stacks to ensure the proper flow of wastewater.
Appliance Installation and Repair
Servicing home appliances that use water and drain water away is not easy and plumbers are equipped to help repair or replace certain appliances. Those appliances include:
- Water heaters
- Garbage disposers, and
- Refrigerator ice makers
A plumber can also install water-saving devices, such as:
- Faucet aerators and shower heads increase water pressure but reduce water usage.
- Toilets that use less water per flush without sacrificing waste removal.
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