When was the last time you had a professional plumbing inspection done at your home? If it's been more than a year, then you're likely overdue for a whole-home inspection with an experienced residential plumbing service. There are many benefits to having an annual plumbing inspection aside from the peace of mind these inspections can bring.
Spot Leaks Before They Become Major Issues
One of the main issues a plumber will be looking for during a home plumbing inspection is that of water leaks, which can be hidden in pipes behind walls for many months or years before they become evident to the homeowner. By detecting small leaks early on, you can have them addressed and avoid the more serious issues that come with prolonged leaks, such as water damage, mold, and mildew.
Have Your Water Heater Flushed Out
Most residential plumbers who offer inspection services will include a flushing out of your water heater as part of the service (though it's always a good idea to check and make sure). Having your water heater flushed out once a year is a great way to prolong the life of this costly appliance by removing debris and other contaminants that can contribute to leaks in the tank later on.
Avoid Problematic Drain Clogs
During a plumbing inspection, the speed at which your home's sinks and showers/tubs drain will also be assessed. If any of them are slow to drain, this could be a sign of a clog somewhere in the drain or plumbing line. A plumber will be able to perform a video inspection using a special scope that can detect the location of the clog and remove it to avoid more expensive plumbing issues down the road.
Detect Issues With Water Quality
Finally, a plumber will look for signs of water quality issues during an inspection, such as corroded pipes or water stains. If any issues are detected, a plumber may be able to provide you with a quote for a home water filtration system, water softener, or similar solution that will help to prolong the life of your plumbing appliances and provide you with an improved home water supply.
These are just a few of the main reasons to schedule an annual home plumbing inspection, if you're not doing so already. These inspections don't cost much and can save you a great deal in plumbing repairs in the long term.