What is a Plumbing Inspection?

September 30, 2021

Schedule an Annual Plumbing Inspection

An annual plumbing inspection can save you money.  Preventing drain backups is just one of those ways.  Professional plumbers can assess the condition of your pipes, faucets, toilets, water heater, water softener, water filtration system, and sump pumps. In addition, exterior hydrants and even the hoses attached to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator and implement preventative steps to save you from expensive repairs and potential home damage.

The more critical steps included in a plumbing inspection are listed below.

1.  Check the water pressure and adjust if needed

Several factors can cause your water pressure to change, including leaks, clogs, or issues with municipal water suppliers.  Water pressure that is too high can damage seals, cartridges, faucets, appliances, and water heaters.  Having your water pressure checked annually by an expert Anthony PHCE plumber safeguards these items and prevents expensive repairs and replacements.  But if you hear your plumbing banging, don’t wait, have your water pressure inspected right away – this is called a water hammer, and it can happen when too high. Remember that high water pressure also increases your water usage, resulting in increased water and sewer expenses.

2.  Check for leaks and repair if needed

Even a small leak can increase your water bill significantly and damage your walls, cabinets, and floors.  Leaking faucets are easy to spot, but make sure you check for hidden water damage caused by leaking water supply lines behind cabinet doors and appliances.  Check your washing machine hoses for bulges.  A bulging washer hose can burst and cause a lot of money in water damage, especially if you are away from home.  An expert Anthony PHCE plumber can spot water leaks during a plumbing inspection and save you money and water damage.  An Anthony Water Guardian water leak sensor system will alert you of damaging leaks and shut off your main water line to prevent further damage while away from home.

3.  Unclog faucets, drains, and sewers

Over time, faucets can get clogged by mineral deposits and debris and start to spray sideways.  Regularly cleaning the aerator in your faucets will prevent this.  Fixtures that don’t have aerators can benefit from a good vinegar soaking to help remove mineral scale and improve water flow. 

Remember that mineral scale deposits buildup in drainpipes as well, along with hair, grease, and other debris.  It is a good idea to have your drains opened once a year to release any blockages that are beginning to form.  Some homeowners find a periodic sewer mainline opening helpful to prevent blockages caused by tree roots. 

4.  Condition or soften your water

As mentioned above, mineral scale buildup from hard water can clog your faucets and drains, but it can also damage your water heater, dishwasher, coffee pot, and other appliances.  If you haven’t yet incorporated a conditioning or a softening system into your home’s plumbing, you should consider doing so.  Inspecting your water by removing hardness can extend the life of your pipes, fixtures, and appliances and save you money and plumbing problems.  Contact your expert Anthony PHCE plumber to review the best water conditioning options for your home. They will give you filtration options to safeguard your family’s health as well. 

5. Check your sump pumps and battery

Homeowners should check their sump pumps regularly to make sure they will work when a rainstorm comes.  You should also check your battery backup sump pump’s battery and add water if needed.  Neglecting to provide periodic maintenance to a sump pump can void your sump pump endorsement on your homeowner’s insurance, leaving you with no coverage for water damage caused if your sump pump fails.  Your expert Anthony PHCE plumber can perform these inspections and maintenance for you and document their work to satisfy your homeowner’s insurance.

6.  Water heaters need a yearly inspection

You can extend the life of your water heater considerably by having it tuned up yearly.  Traditional tank water heaters need to be drained and flushed to remove mineral deposits.  Tankless water heaters need yearly maintenance to remove scale buildup.  Your Anthony PHCE plumber can perform both tasks, check and clean the burner, ensure the combustion by-products are venting correctly, and test your gas line connections to ensure no gas leaks.

7.  Anthony PHCE’s A.S.A.P. membership adds peace of mind

As you can see, caring for and maintaining your plumbing is a big job, and an important one, to save your money and your family’s health.  One way to stay on top of your home’s plumbing needs is with an Anthony Service Agreement Program low-cost membership.  Not only does your membership include annual plumbing inspections, but you also receive the added value of annual heating and cooling tune-ups and an electrical inspection. Anthony PHCE plumbing experts will call you to schedule this yearly service, so you don’t have to think about it, and your expert Anthony PHCE plumber will take care of all the maintenance and inspections for you.  We have heating and cooling memberships available as well.  Call us today at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO. 

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