Importance Of Plumbing Inspection
A plumbing inspection once in a while ensures that the water system of your house is working properly. The bathroom and kitchen fixtures starting from the small spigot to bathtub are in good health without cracks; the drains ae unclogged; pipes are not leaking; toilet is flushing and many more. The plumbing system of the house is exposed to water, humidity and other elements such as molds and mildew that cause them to rust, corrode, leak, and burst. Besides causing you inconvenience they make your house unhygienic by breeding bacteria harmful to your family’s health. An inspection will be able to detect the small problems that are about to surface and resolve them. This saves you from costly repair bills in future. An expert plumber's diagnostic report about your plumbing system would enable you implement the right preventive measures to keep it in tip-top shape and serve your household well.
How often should a plumbing inspection be done?
Most plumbers would advise you to go for a yearly inspection. This is sufficient if the weather in your region is moderate and do not change too quickly. But regions with extreme climates and dynamic weather would need a more frequent inspection. Many people think that spring is the ideal time for plumbing inspection. But there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to timing. Anytime of the year is suitable for it.
A checklist for plumbing inspection
• Toilets are one of the most leak prone areas in the house. The plumber who comes to run an inspection should check that all the commodes in the house are in good working order. He should inspect the supply line and shut-off valve, the flapper and flush valve, and the ballcock. A flush test should be conducted. This is usually done by adding color to water in toilet tank. If any part of the toilet is not working, get it replaced. The base of the toilet should also be checked for leakage. The toilet tee bolts should be tightened or the wax ring should be replaced in that case to fix the problem.
• Sinks are present all over the house. They are in bathrooms, kitchens, garages etc. All the sinks in the house should be checked with regards to the supply lines and shut off valves. The faucets are to be checked for leaks. The drains should be inspected for any clog formation in its cross-section. It should be ensured that disposal mechanism in the kitchen is working well.
• Bathtubs and showers are highly prone to leaks. Bathroom walls should be checked for molds. The faucets and shower heads in the bathrooms should be inspected.
• The water heaters are one of the important components of bathrooms and kitchens. A nonworking water heater can make your day-to-day life come to a standstill. As result checking the water heater occupies an important position in a yearly plumbing inspection. An inefficient water heater will also shoot up your utility bills. The plumber should check the shut off and pressure relief valves, electrical and/or gas valve connections. The heater should also be thoroughly checked for corrosion and temperature, tank capacity, and the strength of the flue pipe and burner.
• Beside this the washer, dryer the sump pump, as well as your outdoor system such as faucets and sprinkler systems should also go through inspection.
However if you experience an unexpected problem in your plumbing system do not wait for the yearly plumbing tune-up. Schedule a check-up immediately by contacting the plumbing service company. A little delay can result in irretrievable damage to your system.