Plumbing is one of those systems you take for granted and tend to forget about when they are working. It’s an everyday part of life, but you may be staring down costly repairs in the future if you choose to ignore your plumbing. Your home or business has much to gain from an annual plumbing inspection before something breaks or stops working properly. Here are a few reasons to consider having a yearly inspection of your plumbing system, along with how to do it properly.
To Catch it Early
Not all plumbing issues go from 0 to 100 overnight. Many can begin with a simple drip. The drip becomes constant dripping, becomes constant leaking, and then becomes flooding. And, finding the issue at or before the drip is the ideal scenario to avoid the costly repairs that can come with light to severe water damage. Leaks of this nature do not fix themselves and can become serious in as little as a few hours or as much as months – if allowed to persist.
Some plumbing inspectors can even find issues before leaks happen. A professional can check your pipes, lines, joints, etc. for signs of wear to determine the likelihood of leaks and may even be able to fix the issues on the spot. They can also recommend a course of action to prevent issues before they begin.
To Save Money
Anyone who has had to repair water damage can attest to how expensive it is to fix – not to mention time-consuming. Water damage can ruin flooring, subfloors, walls, foundation, electrical, furniture, and much more. It is essential to catch these issues before they cause damage to the property to save anywhere from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands. Water damage can also encourage mold to grow which can be hazardous to the people, animals, and perishables.
Minor drips and leaks can also be more costly than you think. The water may be dripping over a drain, keeping it from damaging the visible property. However, this water can damage the interior and be unseen with the naked eye. Additionally, the wasted water itself can be costly if left to leak unattended. Take a look at this drip calculator information from the U.S. Department of the Interior to help determine what those water leaks are costing you.
DIY Annual Plumbing Inspection
Now that you know why you need an annual plumbing inspection, you should learn a few simple tricks for conducting one of your own.
- Gutter check – Rainwater can often knock debris into your gutters and clog them up. Rainwater that does not drain correctly can accumulate. Such conditions will eventually cause damage to the property in the form of leaking roofs, wet attics, etc.
- Check your sinks – Examine each sink on the property for signs of leaks. Check for leaks in the faucet, as well as under the sink. Be sure to remove all items stored under the sink when you check for water damage.
- Shower leaks – Check for dripping showers, and be sure to read our piece on the true damage of a leaking shower.
- Toilet check – Since you’re already in the bathroom, give the toilet a look. Remove the tank lid and flush to ensure it is working properly. Make sure it is showing no signs of running and that the base is securely bolted to the floor.
- All appliances check – Examine all appliances that are hooked up to the water supply, both those that receive and expel water. By appliances we refer to your washer, refrigerator, freezer, and even air conditioner.
- Water heater – You should check your water heater regularly as well. Part of this check includes the draining and flushing of your water heater. Be sure to check out our guide here.
Click here to get a far more comprehensive checklist for an annual plumbing inspection from the Department of State.
Professional Annual Plumbing Inspections
Those of you who are not comfortable performing the above tasks should consider hiring a professional to perform the inspection. They have the tools and know-how to do it correctly. Hiring a pro is especially important for those of you who own businesses, as faulty plumbing can be a liability issue. Don’t you want to do everything possible to protect those who are on your property? And how about protecting your investment?
Fill out our form or give us a call at 908-537-6770. We are professional and will treat your home or business as our own to perform an annual plumbing inspection. Schaible’s is always there for you.
Our plumbing inspection area covers all of northern & central New Jersey and Eastern PA – including Hunterdon County, Warren County, Somerset County, and Morris County. Our location is convenient to Clinton, Flemington, Readington, Tewksbury, Whitehouse, Washington, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, Bridgewater, Somerville, Branchburg, Long Valley, and Chester.