Why is Plumbing Maintenance Important?
Plumbing maintenance is one way to prevent costly repairs for your home. The saying “A stitch in time saves nine” holds when it comes to maintaining your home’s plumbing system. Minor issues that you notice with your pipes should be dealt with immediately to prevent further problems. For example, if you notice that one of your pipes or joints is damp and is suspected of leaking, do not linger on the idea that that leak will not develop into something serious. You may end up with a burst pipe at the end that may cause more damage due to water than necessary.
Minor issues with your plumbing system may sneak up on you, especially if you do not know where to look. Therefore, it is important to have your plumbing systems routinely checked by a professional plumber so that you can avoid costly repairs in the future. At family plumbing and heating, we will be glad to do a complete preventive maintenance checkup of your home’s plumbing systems for you to avoid costly repairs in the future.
Here are some of the plumbing services we provide:
- Residential renovations and repairs
- Shower valve replacement
- Repairing/replacing taps and toilets
- Garburator repairs/installs
- Frozen pipes
- Sink installation
- Sump pumps
- Water softeners
- Water heating systems (Water tank or Tankless)
Routine DIY Maintenance Tasks
Although we value your business, there are certain tasks that you, as homeowners, can perform to check the state of your home’s plumbing system. You may be using your sinks and tubs daily, but have you ever taken the time to inspect them? It is important to perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing one in a while to see if your plumbing has a leak or is not working properly. Finding a leak will prevent you from wasting money paying for water that your household did not use.
To check your home’s plumbing system, you should inspect all the visible pipes within your home. You should include the pipes under your sinks and toilets. One telltale sign that your pipes may leak is if they are moist. Condensation on cold metal pipes is normal when you have humid weather. To check for possible leaks, check your pipes when the weather is cold. If you can see moisture forming around the pipes or joints, there may be a possible leak.
You can also check to see if your drainage system is working by turning on your sinks’ faucets. If the water is draining slowly, then your pipes may be clogged up. If these clogs are not addressed immediately, this clog may develop into a more serious problem in the future.
While you are doing your DIY plumbing inspection, it is also important to include your toilets. Flush your toilets and check if any liquid can be seen at the base. If the base becomes wet, then it means that your toilet has a faulty wax seal.
Professional Inspection of Your Home’s Plumbing
If you want to have a thorough checkup of your home’s plumbing, we at Family Plumbing and Heating can assist you with that. We will give you a more in-depth look at your home’s plumbing and drainage systems. Our professional inspection will include the checkup of your main water system, water heating system, wastewater system, garbage disposal system, and every area connected with your home’s plumbing system. We can also include a more thorough assessment using remote video inspections of your pipes, lead testing, and inspection of your filtration system.
Suppose you decide to acquire our professional plumbing services. In that case, we will include the removal and cleaning of your faucets’ and showers’ aerators to remove any sediment buildup that causes a reduction of your water flow. We will also include the following services during our preventive maintenance checkup:
- Treating your drainage plumbing system to maximize the flow rate.
- Cleaning of your water heaters and garbage disposal system.
- Testing pressure to detect hairline leaks in your plumbing system.
- Assessment of your home’s water pressure and adjusting the pressure to your liking.
There are certain aspects of your home’s plumbing system that you can work on yourself. We at Family Plumbing and Heating believe that performing certain DIY plumbing repairs may lead to a healthy household. However, some plumbing issues may be too dangerous or complicated for a DIY approach. Plumbing issues such as the installation of new pipes or plumbing fixtures, problems with water heater, leaks in the septic or wastewater system, sewer line leaks, and new construction that requires a permit, need to be handled by a professional plumber.