Why Plumbing Inspections Are Important
Article Date: 11/08/2018 | Posted By Nick
When was the last time you thought about your plumbing system having a major failure?
One broken pipe in your wall or ceiling can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage in just minutes. Wood floors, drywall, electrical fixtures, carpets, and often precious keepsakes like photos and important documents are often lost during a plumbing failure. When the number one cause of homeowner’s insurance claim payouts EVERY year is for water damage, we can’t stress the importance of plumbing inspections in Houston strongly enough!
What Can I Do to Prevent A Major Plumbing Failure in My Home?
You might not know this, but most professional plumbing companies recommend that you have a whole-house plumbing inspection at least once a year. While an annual plumbing inspection in Houston may sound like overkill but consider the changes that occur in and around your home in the course of a year.
Starting at the bottom, rain (or the lack of) will cause the soil under your home to shift, leading to settling of the slab or piers (depending on your home’s construction). The movement of the home’s foundation puts increased stress on any plumbing joints within your home, often causing minute cracks and slow, steady leaks.
During a regular plumbing inspection in Houston, all exposed pipes are inspected for any signs of corrosion and damage from natural settling. If a leak is detected, our plumbing technician will likely recommend a visual inspection of the interior of your pipes with a camera. From there we will be able to determine the severity, and ultimately the cost of repairing your plumbing leak.
When Should I Start Getting Regular Plumbing Inspections in Houston?
If you own an older home, and you’ve never had your plumbing system inspected, now is the perfect time to do so. Older plumbing installations are more prone to breakdowns, particularly at pipe fittings, which shift and come loose as your house settles as discussed earlier. Leaks caused by this settling can be so small as to go unnoticed for months or years, causing water damage to walls and floors that you can’t even see.
Can I Hire a Handyman to do my Plumbing Inspection?
Technically, of course, you could hire a handyman for your plumbing inspection, and you might even save a few short-term dollars. A handyman is great for a whole-house inspection prior to buying a home, as they have knowledge across several areas of contracting. The benefit of using a licensed plumber to perform your plumbing inspection in Houston is the expertise that plumber brings. By having specific knowledge about the signs and symptoms of impending plumbing failures, a plumber is more likely to spot possible trouble BEFORE it has a chance to do any lasting damage.
What Does a Whole-House Plumbing Inspection in Houston Consist Of?
Our licensed and experienced plumbing technicians will check all the following:
• Water Heaters: All water heaters are checked for safety, leaks, and signs of corrosion. Includes connections, shut off valve, vent piping, temperature and pressure valve (T&P), flush, anode rod, and more.
• Kitchens: Sinks, faucets, drains, garbage disposal, and dishwasher are checked for leaks or clogs. We’ll also check for any signs of water damage that can indicate a problem in your walls or under the floors.
• Bathrooms: Sinks, faucets, drains, shut-off valves, toilets, tubs, and shower heads are checked for leaks and clogs. Again, we’ll look for any tell-tale water damage. Continually running toilets and dripping water faucets will be adjusted at no charge!
• Exposed Water Lines: All exposed water lines are checked for any signs of damage or corrosion.
• Piping: All pipes in beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks are checked for leaks and integrity BEFORE they can unexpectedly burst.
• Washing Machines: Washing machine supply and drain hoses and associated valves are thoroughly inspected.
• Problem Area Assessment: If you have any concerns or questions about your plumbing, such as hot water issues, water pressure, leaks, or otherwise, your technician can help assess or recommend solutions that will help avoid a future plumbing emergency.
Plumbing inspections should be on your mandatory “to-do” list when you’re thinking about buying a home. If you’ve never had a plumbing inspection in your home, and your home is more than a few years old, do yourself a favor and find out what’s going on in your plumbing system.
When you decide it’s time for a home plumbing inspection in Houston, be sure to call a licensed, professional plumber. Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services has been performing plumbing inspections and all aspects of plumbing services since 1979, and we have fifteen fully stocked trucks waiting to bring that expertise to your home.