Plumbing inspections are essential, but the last thing that you want is to miss something!
There are so many reasons to get your plumbing system inspected (or inspect it yourself) on an annual basis. Just a few minutes of your time can save you from having to pay for costly repairs or damage to your home. Plus, by catching and repairing issues promptly, you’ll also be able to extend the life of your plumbing system. However, like with any inspection, you need to know what to look for when inspecting your plumbing system. That’s why our plumber in Belleville has come up with the following annual plumbing inspection checklist:
#1. Water Lines and Sewer Lines
Your water and sewer lines are essential; without them, your plumbing system wouldn’t function at all! However, they can also cause major issues if they get damaged, including sewer backups, leaks, foundational issues and, in some cases, even sinkholes. A plumber who offers camera inspections can ensure that your water and sewer lines are in good shape.
A damaged toilet can be a huge source of wasted water, especially if the fittings are loose. When inspecting your toilet, you should be on the lookout for loose fittings and cracks. You should also check to make sure that your toilet isn’t leaking. One of the best ways to do this is by dropping food coloring into the tank and making sure that no one flushes it. If, after 15 minutes, you see colored water in the toilet, bowl, you have a leak.
#3. Water Heater
Over time, sediment can build up inside your water heater; scale, function problems and leaks are also common with water heaters. An annual inspection can catch minor issues with your water heater before they turn into full-blown problems, and when you can make repairs promptly, you may even be able to extend the life of your water heater.
#4. All Bathroom Fixtures
Every plumbing fixture in your bathroom, including the sink, shower and tub, all need to be inspected on an annual basis. Bathroom fixtures are prone to drainage issues, leaks, corrosion, cracks and mineral build-up — all of which need to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
#5. Water Pressure
It’s not super relaxing to take a shower in a home that has low water pressure, but high water pressure isn’t exactly the best thing for your plumbing either. If the water pressure in your home is too high, it can put excess wear on your plumbing system, and it can lead to your appliances and plumbing fixtures failing prematurely. Hoses, pipes and fittings can also leak or burst because of high water pressure. Many homeowners have water pressure that is over 100 psi or sometimes even 150 psi without even realizing it, but you should make sure at least once a year that your water pressure is 80 psi or below.
Checking your drains is very important because slow-moving drains are usually indicators of issues with waste piping. Stoppages in drains are often accompanied by toxic sewage leaks that could put your family’s health at risk.
Leaks are some of the most damaging plumbing issues because they are often located in places that aren’t so obvious to most homeowners, and, in many cases, by the time they are caught, the home has already sustained a great deal of damage. You should routinely inspect places in your home where your plumbing appliances and pipes are located, such as closets, cabinets and underfloor areas. In one of our previous blogs, we went over a few more things that you can do to locate hidden plumbing leaks in your home, so be sure to check it out.
#8. Septic System
If you have a septic system, then you should have a leach field test done every year. This test confirms that wastewater is being drained at an adequate rate. It’s also important to get your septic system pumped regularly (usually every few years will suffice) in order to maintain healthy microbial activity within your septic tank.
Regular inspections and maintenance are key for keeping your plumbing system healthy and avoiding costly repairs. Although most of these things can be inspected by a homeowner, experienced plumbers know exactly what to look for, so give yourself the peace of mind you deserve by scheduling a plumbing inspection with Culler Plumbing Services today!