If a pipe bursts under your sink or in your bathroom, you will immediately notice that you have a problem. However, this could also a sign that you are long overdue for a plumbing inspection. The idea behind plumbing inspection is to uncover issues long before they become a major problem. Yet, many people do not realize that this type of inspection should be part of regular home maintenance.
Regardless, it is best to schedule an inspection at least once a year. A plumbing inspection is a whole home plumbing system assessment by a professional plumbing service. In most instances, you will save yourself more money making the plumbing repair before it becomes a larger problem. Yet, if you are hearing strange noises coming from toilets or drains, immediately call a plumbing repair service for an inspection.
Typically, a plumbing inspection begins from where water enters the house, either from the public water system or your well, through your home, and out drain lines. So, your plumber will ensure a properly working water supply and drainage. They will examine things like faucets, sinks, garbage disposals, toilets, and other everyday components. But, a plumber will also perform a water pressure test, check the operation of any sump pumps, examine pressure relief valves, and more.
It is best to have a plumbing inspection annually. However, if you have not had one in a while, or suspect a plumbing problem, do not delay. If you own an older home, with an aged plumbing system, you may even want to schedule plumbing inspections seasonally. That said, the best time to perform an inspection is in the spring, after winter has had an impact on your pipes.
There are things that a homeowner can monitor on their own. Weekly, you should be looking at your faucets, showerheads, outdoor spigots, toilets, and water pressure and color. Monthly, look for corrosion and leaks around your water heater, emergency shutoff valves, and exposed pipes. Still, only a professional plumber can perform a full plumbing inspection.
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