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The plumbing in your home is designed to last for years. But like anything else with your house, it needs regular maintenance. People don’t tend to think of their house like their car. With your car, you need regular maintenance. Your house isn’t any different. It contains a lot of different parts that work together. And just like a car, it’s less likely to break down if you maintain it properly.
A big expense when something goes wrong is calling a plumber. But, you can also hire a one to come out and inspect your plumbing. This saves time and money for you later, since anything that could be going wrong gets caught early. Pride Plumbing has over 50 years of experience serving the Albemarle, NC area. Pride’s plumbers can handle anything from regular checkups to emergencies involving your home’s pipes.
But why exactly are regular checkups for your plumbing important? And how often should you have them done?
1. Your plumbing is exposed to wear and tear over time.
Just like your car or keeping up with your body, it’s important to check your house for any problems. Preventative maintenance is also important. Many big expenses when things go wrong are avoidable.
If your water heater breaks, it can mean expensive water cleanup or replacing the heater. If it’s inspected, a plumber can tell you it’s failing. You may still need to replace the heater, but you won’t be paying for water cleanup or repairing water damage. The average water heater lasts about 8-12 years. When’s the last time you had yours checked?
Your drains also take a lot of abuse over time. They get clogged or corrosive things eat away at your pipes. Pipes and fittings can last close to a century, but plenty of things can lead to failure. From grease build ups to not disposing of corrosive household chemicals the right way.
If you’re a new homeowner, hiring a plumber to make sure everything is in good, working order should be high on your list. There are things home inspectors can miss. And developing a relationship with a plumber means having someone you can trust when things do go wrong. Pride Plumbing offers 24/7 emergency services in the area, and can handle both.
2. Septic tanks need maintenance.
If you’ve just bought a home, you may not be familiar with how septic tanks work. They do need regular checkups and maintenance. Septic tanks need to be pumped about every 3-5 years. They also need levels checked every year or two to make sure they’re working right.
Have a regular working relationship with the people helping you maintain your home. Having someone you trust to do the job right every time gives you extra peace of mind. And knowing that the plumber handling the work is someone you can trust takes the edge of having to handle home maintenance.
With your septic tank, failures and poor maintenance can lead to very expensive repairs. Even if that’s having to have your tank pumped more frequently. Be able to trust and talk with your plumber handling inspection. They can give you excellent advice on how to keep everything in your home flowing smoothly.
3. You can breathe easier.
Whether you have a septic system or not, maintaining your plumbing can help air quality in your home. Sewage problems being the obvious one, leaky pipes can also cause bad air quality.
If water is getting out of your pipes or leaking from around fixtures, it provides a good environment for mold and mildew to grow. Both can lead to respiratory problems. If you’ve already got breathing problems like asthma or COPD, it can make them worse. If you’ve got allergies, having your pipes inspected can be a way for you to breathe easier too.
In some cases, you may not know that your house already has mold or mildew. A plumber can find it for you during an inspection. They can also handle water cleanup and refer you to somewhere that handles mold and mildew removal. And in some cases, they can do it themselves.
Especially with children and the elderly, keep mold and mildew as far from your home as possible. Regular inspections by trained professionals is your first line of defense.
How often should I have my plumbing inspected?
A good guideline is to have regular maintenance done every year. At least having a plumber give your plumbing an inspection can go a long way to saving on long term repair costs.
Yours will check your water heater, supply line, faucets and fixtures, shut-off valves, toilets, and drains. They’ll also take a look at your appliances like your dishwasher and washer/dryer. If you have them, they can also check your sump pumps. They’ll check for wear and tear, corrosion, leaks, and blockages. And if you have a septic tank, they can check the level while they’re there.
When they’re finished, they’ll let you know if they found anything, and offer suggestions for repairs and maintenance. That’s a good time to ask them questions about how you can keep your home’s plumbing maintained too.
It’s important to have the annual maintenance and develop that relationship. That way, you’ll know exactly how your plumbing is doing, and you’ll have someone you can trust to call in the event of an emergency. If you ever decide to renovate or make additions to your property, you’ll have someone to help out with that too.
Pride Plumbing serves the Albemarle, NC area. For Montgomery County, Stanly County, and Richmond County, they offer 24-hour emergency service when things go wrong. They also handle regular inspections and maintenance, alongside a full range of plumbing services. Need someone you can trust to handle your annual inspection?
Check out Pride Plumbing and find out what they can do for you.