Just like any other system in your home, your plumbing should be inspected and checked regularly to avoid any issues or problems that can compound into bigger messes. Because plumbing involves water and sewage, any leak or issue can be very messy. A plumbing inspection can help you avoid costly repairs and catch any issues early on before they become worse.
What is a Plumbing Inspection?
If you get a plumbing inspection from a professional plumbing company, there are some common things they will check and look for. If you already have a problem or certain area you would like them to look at first, make sure to note that when you schedule the appointment or when they arrive at your home. Some common things looked at during a plumbing inspection include:
- Pipes, both indoor and outdoor
- Sewage lines
- Faucets and showerheads
- Toilet bowls, tanks, and water lines
- Water heaters
Types of Inspections
Most plumbers performing a plumbing inspection are experienced enough to visually inspect your system and identify a problem or where an issue might begin. During this inspection, they’ll diagnose specific areas of your plumbing system while paying extra attention to any areas you might have noticed issues with before.
An additional type of plumbing inspection is an inspection used with a camera. Utilizing this camera, a professional plumber can take a look inside the pipes or drains of your home to get a better understanding of what might be causing your plumbing system an issue. Plumbers have small cameras attached to long cords that they can slide into pipes or drains to locate a clog or some other issue. This helps the plumber understand exactly where the problem is and gives them an inside look, which they normally wouldn’t be able to without a camera.
How Often Should Inspections be Made?
Most professional plumbers and plumbing companies recommend having a plumbing inspection performed at least every two years for newer homes, and annually for older homes. With older homes, the plumbing system has been in use for several decades, and there is bound to be normal wear and tear on your system overtime, which is why it is suggested to schedule these inspections yearly.
As a homeowner, a plumbing inspection is not something you should skip out on. Plumbing repairs can be very costly, and messy. What you might consider to be a small leak could actually be a symptom of an even bigger issue, so it’s within your best interest to catch these issues early on and address them when they’re still small and cheap to repair.
If you are renting, it will be up to your landlord to schedule these inspections. Check to see if plumbing inspections are part of maintenance or upkeep listed in your lease. Otherwise, it will be up to your landlord to pay for any repairs that might arise.
After an inspection, a plumber will debrief you on their findings. They may note areas of concern to pay attention to in the future, or they may even point out a problem you were not previously aware of. If the problem is small, like a clogged drain, they may be able to handle that issue immediately, during or after the inspection. Bigger problems may require follow-up appointments to address areas of concern or to tackle big issues affecting your plumbing system.
Inspections from Stack!
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