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Spring Plumbing Inspection for Your Home

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Avoid springing a leak by scheduling a spring plumbing inspection with your local plumbing contractor. The rigors of winter can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system. Aside from the harsh weather, your plumbing must endure a heavier workload due to family gatherings during the holiday season. A plumbing mishap is bad enough, but one that could have been avoided is even worse. Listed below are a few of the things your plumber will do during a plumbing inspection.

Sewer Line Inspection

Today’s plumbing contractors utilize high-tech video equipment to inspect your sewer lines. The technology allows the plumber to diagnose any problem areas within the sewer line that could cause significant damage should they deteriorate further. The live video feed helps them identify cracks, corrosion, clogs, invading tree roots, and then pinpoint their location before taking action.

Septic Tank Inspection

Many homes depend on a private septic tank system to handle the waste produced by their household. While a septic tank system is very dependable, they require periodic maintenance and pumping to maintain efficiency. If you neglect your septic system, it could fail, not only leaving your home without service but also causing severe damage to the septic drainfield, which can be costly to replace.

Leak Inspection

Freezing temperatures can take a toll on your plumbing system. As water freezes, it expands, putting additional pressure on your plumbing that can crack or, worse, rupture your pipes, sewer lines and fixtures. Homeowners living where freezing temperatures are common would be wise to schedule a spring plumbing inspection. Even the smallest leak can grow over time until it eventually damages flooring, walls, cabinetry, and baseboards. In addition, the moisture can invite mold and mildew growth, which is a known health hazard. Should this happen, not only do you face the additional costs of repairing water damage but also the costs to remove the mold.

Toilet Inspection

Due to the increased traffic many households encounter during the winter months, your toilet can take a beating. Common problems that arise are running toilets or those that begin seeping around their base. A running toilet can waste untold amounts of water causing your utility bill to rise. A seeping toilet not only allows wastewater to enter your home but also can ruin bathroom flooring and cabinetry.

Appliance Inspection

Consider asking your plumbing contractor to inspect your household appliances. A quick, visual inspection can help them verify no leaks are present and that they are in good, working order.

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

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

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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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