You’ve probably heard of an annual maintenance plan for your AC and furnace. Did you know your home’s plumbing system also needs to be tuned-up once a year? What is a plumbing system tune-up; what does in involve?
You Don’t Have to Live with Slow Drains and Running Toilets
A plumbing tune-up is a great way to keep the plumbing system in your entire house running smooth and efficient. Most homeowners don’t think about their plumbing until something breaks, but I’ll bet you can think of a sink that drains too slowly, or a shower head that has a partially clogged sprayer, or a faucet that drips in your home. It’s very rare that a home’s entire plumbing system is in perfect working order. An annual whole-home plumbing tune-up will keep everything in peak operation and that saves you money.
What to Expect with a Plumbing Tune-Up
A professional plumbing tune-up should take an hour and a half to two hours.“We charge a flat rate price for the tune-up, not by the hour. Our plumbers take their time to check the entire house – from outdoor water faucets to washing machine hoses, said Steve Burbridge with Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. “ We make sure everything is working properly and let you know if any items require repairs to avoid possible future disaster.”
If you are getting a plumbing tune-up, make sure it includes these items:
- Sinks, Faucets, and Drains – All faucets should be running freely and the water draining rapidly.
- Toilet, Tubs, and Showers – Toilets should be flushing and filling properly and shower heads spraying freely with no leaks.
- Washer, Dishwasher, Sump Pump – The plumber should check for small leaks that are hard to see behind appliances and under cabinets, and perform a sump pump test to make sure it is operating properly.
- 10-Point Water Heater Tune-Up – Over time, your water heater builds up with sediment that insulates the heating element making it less effective. It should be drained and sediment removed. It’s important to make sure it is working properly, there are no leaks, and the temperature is set where no one will accidentally scald themselves, especially small children.
Benefits of a Plumbing System Tune-Up
Plumbing tune-ups lower future repair costs and can prevent major damage by catching small problems before they become costly surprises. They also find leaks and keep you from wasting water and paying a higher water bill. You may notice an increase in water pressure once your pipes are all working the way they were designed to work. From sump pumps to garbage disposers, every home could benefit from an annual plumbing system tune-up.