The Importance of Plumbing Maintenance
Article Date: 10/6/2017 | Posted By Nick
Maintaining the plumbing in your home is not an optional task. It’s something you must do to keep the need for costly emergency plumbing repairs at bay.
At Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services, we take plumbing maintenance seriously.
You wouldn’t think of driving your car for years without changing the oil, why would you neglect your plumbing?
Our goal is to help you avoid an expensive repair that could have been avoided by employing just a little bit of maintenance.
The fact is, the plumbing in your home takes a real beating every day. Your kitchen drain is exposed to grease and other debris from merely rinsing your dishes. Whatever is left on those plates and utensils gets put into your pipes from the dishwasher. Your shower drains are a magnet for hair, soap and shampoo residue, and let’s not even discuss what your toilet is adding to the mix.
Think about this. What are the most utilized devices in your home?
Aside from your TV remote, your plumbing fixtures probably get the most use (and as a result, incur more wear and tear) out of everything else in your home. These plumbing fixtures, from water heaters all the way down to the washers in your faucets need regular attention and upkeep to continue providing the conveniences your family relies on day after day.
The Top Four Plumbing Maintenance Inspection Points:
1. Water Heaters
Water heaters require annual maintenance. Your water heater works all day, every day, and that takes a toll on all facets of the unit. At a minimum, you need to have your water heater drained, cleaned and thoroughly inspected once a year. The maintenance of your water heater can add years to the lifespan of the unit.
2. Plumbing Fixtures
Did you know that a single faucet dripping at a rate of one drip per second will add up to a water loss of roughly 3,000 gallons in a year?!? By Houston standards, that one dripping faucet will cost you as much as $200 every year. And that’s if you have just ONE leaky faucet. How many faucets are dripping in your home right now?
Go check; we’ll wait.
While you were gone, did you happen to notice if the toilet was running? That’s a lot more water than one drip per second. How much will that running toilet add to your water bill?
About $100 a month or MORE.
3. Pipe Insulation
It’s easy to forget about the importance of maintaining proper insulation for your pipes, both inside and outside your home. While freezing conditions are rare here in Houston, they do occur; as we saw just this past winter. Freezing temperatures, even for a few hours can create havoc for your plumbing.
Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services will check your exposed indoor and outdoor pipes to ensure you won’t experience a frozen and burst pipe when the next freeze happens.
4. Sewer Lines
Sewer lines are kind of an afterthought for most of us. No one wants to think about what they do, and indeed, no one wants to deal with it. To prevent sewer line backups (which almost ALWAYS happen at the least convenient time), it’s essential to have your main sewer line inspected annually.
And while we’re in there, we might as well take this opportunity to clean out your kitchen drain line and get rid of that built up grease and other nasty stuff. We have a couple of options for this service, snaking, and hydro-jetting. Your licensed, experienced plumbing technician can help you determine what method would be most useful, based on your situation.
This list is just a quick overview of some things you want to keep an eye on from a home plumbing maintenance standpoint on an annual basis. This list only includes the top four principal inspection points.
Why Choose Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services?
The answer is simple. You tell us when to show up, and we’ll be there to perform your annual plumbing inspection and maintenance. We have been Houston’s choice for all aspects of plumbing services and repairs since 1979. Our plumbing technicians are fully trained, experienced, licensed, thoroughly background checked, and lots of fun to hang out with!
If there are any issues with your plumbing, we will work with you to get the necessary repairs done at a price you can afford. We also have easy financing with great terms for any significant repair work that you may need.
Call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services today. We’re on the Way!