A common question plumbers are asked. “How often should I have my plumbing checked?” It’s important to have your plumbing checked every two years to avoid safety hazards or accidents that can be caused by old pipes, clogging, corrosion or ruptures.
People often wait until something goes wrong before having their fixtures checked – for example, if they are in the shower and the water suddenly goes cold. By then, it’s usually too late, and the damage is much more expensive to repair.
Blue Mountains Plumbing Health Check is a vital service that all residents and business owners in the area should consider. The check-up includes a full assessment of your plumbing system, from the main water line to all of the individual fixtures and appliances. It’s a great way to identify any potential problems before they become big issues, and it can also help you save money on your energy bills by ensuring that your plumbing is running as efficiently as possible.
We call a plumbing health check “preventative plumbing”.
Benefits of preventative plumbing
- Better water flow. A well-maintained plumbing system is essential to a leak- and deposit-free home. Good water flow is a bonus of preventative plumbing inspection.
- Longer system life. If you want your pipes to last long, you should have them inspected regularly. This will help prevent clogs and leaks and keep the water flowing smoothly. An experienced plumber can catch problems early and help extend the life of your pipes.
- Lower water bills. High utility bills are due to wasted water from leaky pipes and running toilets. Drain cleaning can help fix the problem and lower your monthly payments.
In addition to these benefits, you can expect:
– Fewer emergency repairs
– A healthier water system
– Better indoor air quality
How to perform a plumbing health check
Although professional plumbing maintenance is the best way to go, there are some steps you can take yourself to perform a health check on your home system.
Test the taps
How to do it: Check all the taps in your home to see if they are working correctly. Ensure the water pressure is good and the hot water reaches the right temperature. Also, listen for strange noises or stuttering water that could indicate a problem. If anything seems wrong, call a professional plumber.
Check the drains
How to do it: If you suspect your drains are clogged, there are a few things you can check. Fill your sinks and bathtubs with water, then unplug them and watch how long it takes for the water to drain. If the water is slow to drain or strange smells are coming from the drain, it could indicate a blockage. Try using a plunger to clear the clog or hire a professional drain cleaning service if that does not work.
Check exposed pipes.
How to do it: Keep an eye out for exposed pipes in your home and check them for corrosion, damage or leaks. The joints are usually the most problematic areas, so pay close attention to them. If you have insulated your pipes, ensure the insulation is dry, intact and firmly attached.
Check shut-off valves
How to do it: Make sure you know where your water shut-off valves are, how to turn them on and off, and that they are in working order.
Check the hot water
How to do it: It’s essential to check your water heater regularly for signs of damage such as rust, condensation or leaks. If you catch problems early, you can avoid more severe damage in the long run. If you notice any issues, be sure to call in a professional to make repairs.
Health checks that a plumber performs
As a homeowner, there is little you can do to check the health of your plumbing system. A professional plumber has the experience, skills and specialised tools to accomplish much more. Below are some additional plumbing checks you can expect when you book a maintenance service with a plumber.
The plumber will check each sink, shower and bathtub to determine if they are draining correctly. A slow drain could signal that a backup is building up in the pipes. They also listen for bubbling or strange noises as the water drains. The buildup could prevent water from flowing correctly even if the drains are not currently clogged. If there is debris, plumbers will remove it to ensure maximum water flow.
The team will inspect exposed pipes for early signs of corrosion, such as discolouration. Identifying and fixing this before it becomes a significant problem is essential. They may recommend pipe relining in affected areas.
Plumbers look in bathrooms for signs of a leak. They look under sinks, around toilets and showers, and near pipes for signs of water damage. If they find signs of a leak, they track down the source and fix it.
After checking for leaks, the next step is to check the toilet’s flushing mechanism. If the toilet isn’t flushing all the way, it’s a waste of water. Each toilet handle is checked to ensure it is not stuck or wobbly. Once the flush has been activated, a check is made for water running down. This could be a sign of a bigger problem and water waste.
Plumbers always check the water pressure. If the water pressure is too low, they will ensure no problem with the water line or sediment has built up.
Septic tank and sewer system
If you have a septic tank, you know it needs to be inspected and pumped out regularly. But did you know that the main sewer line also needs to be inspected? To prevent clogs and blockages, a plumber may recommend a preventative snaking on your sewer line. This will allow you to detect troublesome clogs before they cause problems.
If you have not had your plumbing inspected in the last two years, it’s time to call in a professional. Regular inspections by a qualified plumber can ensure that all of your fixtures are in good working order.