What You Need to Know About Routine Plumbing Maintenance
Driver’s ed teaches you about the importance of regular maintenance for your car, such as checking the oil, changing the air filter, and keeping fuel in the tank. But when you bought your home, it’s likely you didn’t go through the same type of training on keeping your home’s plumbing systems in working order.
Regular plumbing maintenance is just as important to the structural integrity of your home as it is for your car to get your oil changed regularly.
Plumbing Maintenance Has Been Around for Centuries
Modern plumbing is just that: modern. Plumbing itself has been around for thousands of years, dating all the way back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Even back then, they had centralized water systems that brought water in and out of homes. A few hundred years later, the same types of plumbing systems spread across Europe and North America, and then, to the rest of the world.
Although we’ve come a long way since the days of ancient societies, people needed plumbing maintenance back then just as they do today!
What to Expect During a Plumbing Maintenance Service
While the ancient Greeks and Romans had advanced water systems, their version of maintenance looks a bit different than ours do today. Here’s what you can expect when you schedule a plumbing maintenance service from Bell Brothers:
Even the smallest leak matters! Your plumber will thoroughly inspect your sinks, bathtub, shower head, outdoor spigot, and laundry facilities to ensure that none of your faucets show signs of a leak.
Drains going slow? It could be a sign of build-up or a clog. During your maintenance service, your plumber will check for any potential blockages that could be causing slow-draining water.
A damaged toilet bowl, tank, or other components could cause bigger issues down the line. Your plumber will ensure everything is in working order.
Your water heater is likely hidden away in your basement or in a closet, so it’s easy to forget about it–until you run out of hot water! Routine maintenance for your water heater includes inspection of the temperature, relief valve, checking for leaks and damage, and anything else that might keep your heater running at peak efficiency.
Leaky pipes can cause major damage to your home. Routine inspections and maintenance can ensure that you don’t have a leak somewhere behind your walls that could cause structural damage later on.
Build up or faulty components of your garbage disposal can result in blockages, leaks, or other damage to your home’s plumbing. Your plumber will check your garbage disposal system to ensure everything is in proper working order.
Why Should You Schedule Routine Plumbing Maintenance?
What’s the importance of scheduling routine plumbing maintenance? Let’s look at some of the benefits:
The High Cost of Tiny Drips
Even the smallest of leaks can add up over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a single leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. Repairing leaks not only saves money on your water bill but also conserves one of our planet’s most valuable resources.
Prevent Plumbing Emergencies
The saying “prevention is better than cure” rings true for plumbing issues too. Emergency repairs like a burst pipe can be expensive, but taking preventative measures can stop problems before they start.
Reduce Health Hazards
Water damage can lead to mold growth, which is dangerous for anyone in your family, but particularly hazardous for those with allergies, asthma, or COPD. Scheduling regular maintenance helps identify leaks early and prevent the perpetuation of mold growth in your home.
Optimal Water Pressure
Low water pressure can be frustrating and inefficient for activities like showering, washing dishes, or doing laundry. After all, who wants to spend half an hour scrubbing a single pan? Regular inspections and maintenance can keep your plumbing systems functioning properly.
Extend the Lifespan of Your Plumbing
Replacing plumbing components can be time-consuming and costly. Routine maintenance helps to maximize the lifespan of your pipes, fixtures, and other components, keeping them performing throughout their expected lifespan.
Don’t Flush Money Down the Toilet: Schedule Plumbing Maintenance with Bell Brothers
By scheduling regular plumbing maintenance services, you can save time, money, and hassle. Plumbing is one of the most significant and intricate systems in your home: don’t risk the DIY! Call and speak with a member of the Bell Brothers team today to learn more about our routine plumbing maintenance services and start preserving your pipes today!