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.
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.
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 drain field, which can be costly to replace.
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.
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.
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.