The 5-Point Plumbing Inspection: Avoid Disaster, Save Money

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People often underestimate the importance of an annual plumbing inspection, and it is easy to get so wrapped up in your daily schedules that you are not even thinking about it. When something as innocuous as throwing in a load of laundry before running to the grocery store leads to your being greeted with a flooded laundry room and ruined wood floors upon your return, you realize something as simple as a routine checkup of your home’s plumbing system is a brilliant idea.

The cost of water damage adds up fast. And don’t forget to factor in the hassle and time lost while repairs are underway. Save yourself from future plumbing disaster by having your plumbing system inspected annually.

Make sure that your plumbing inspection checks on the health of each of the following:

  • The washing machine: The biggest cause of washing machine problems is when the hose fails. All it takes is the hose bursting open for the floor surrounding the machine to transform into an indoor pond, potentially damaging the floors and walls. Often times, cases of the water damage can be attributed to washing machine issues.
  • Pipes: To pass inspection, there should be no signs of leaks at the joints. An inspection should also involve checking for any signs of corrosion or stains—these indicate leaks. A plumber will check under all your sinks and cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Toilets: The parts to focus on are the supply and flush valves, as well as the fill and supply line. This will help prevent overflowing and clogs, which, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, trigger one-third of all toilet problems.
  • Water heaters: Poor maintenance of water heaters can prompt slow leaks or sudden surges if the tank erupts. Water heaters should be replaced on schedule, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The pressure valve should be checked every six months or so. It should also be drained and flushed out to eliminate any sediment buildup, which can clog the drains and ultimately reduce the energy efficiency of the unit.
  • The drain system: If the sewer system in your Atlanta home is connected to a local municipality’s system, or if your house is situated below street level or downhill from a system, then your plumber should make sure you have backflow prevention.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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