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Is Plumbing Maintenance Necessary?

Posted on: February 5, 2020

When you think of essential home systems that require routine maintenance, what comes to mind? Many homeowners remember to maintain the furnace and tune up the air conditioner once a year, but what about plumbing maintenance? Is that a necessary task?

Yes! Proper care and maintenance of the plumbing system can benefit your home and family in many ways. Consider how often you should have your plumbing system inspected and the positive outcomes of doing so.

When to Schedule Plumbing Maintenance

Water supply lines and drain pipes are designed for durability, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect them. To prevent premature aging and problems with your plumbing, we recommend scheduling plumbing maintenance annually.

What to Expect from a Plumbing Inspection

When a plumber checks your pipes regularly, it’s possible to catch small problems and implement easy fixes. This is preferable over having your water main burst or sewer system back up, which can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

Plumbing maintenance includes more than just checking for leaks and corrosion—it also ensures that your plumbing fixtures and appliances are working properly and efficiently. Everything from the water heater and sump pump to toilets and faucets to hose bibs and shut-off valves are inspected during a plumbing maintenance visit.

Consider that you’ll need a new water heater long before you have to replace your pipes. Flushing the water heater during a yearly maintenance visit helps the unit last longer. You also learn the status of your water heater once a year, so you can replace it toward the end of its life span before it fails catastrophically.

Once the plumbing inspection is complete, you might receive the all-clear, giving you peace of mind for the coming year. However, if the plumber finds any problems, you can expect to receive a list of suggested repairs or advice to help prevent water damage and sewer backups in the future.

Benefits of Plumbing Maintenance

You may only think of your plumbing when a pipe springs a leak or a drain gets backed up. However, having a plumber stop by, even when nothing is wrong, may afford you these benefits:

  • Longer plumbing life span: Pipes don’t last forever. Corrosion, temperature changes, shifting soil, and tree roots damage them over time. However, you can postpone the replacement date with annual plumbing maintenance. In fact, you can prolong the life of all your plumbing appliances if you have them inspected by a plumber once a year.
  • Fewer emergencies: There’s nothing like a pipe leak or overflowing toilet to ruin your day. With regular plumbing inspections, you reduce the frequency of emergencies by addressing small issues before they escalate into something serious. This, in turn, protects your home from costly water and sewer damage.
  • Lower water bills: Hidden leaks are very wasteful and can happen right under your nose. An inspection from a qualified plumber helps to uncover these leaks. Once repaired, you may see a noticeable decrease in your water bills.
  • Higher water pressure: Leaky pipes, mineral buildup, and other problems can cause low water pressure at showerheads and faucets. A plumber can fix the issue during a maintenance visit, turning that trickling fixture into a hearty flow of water.
  • Build a relationship with your plumber: When a plumbing disaster strikes, you want a trustworthy plumber on speed-dial. After receiving maintenance from the same reliable company for years, you’ll know exactly who to call the next time you need emergency plumbing repair.

If you’re ready to benefit from plumbing maintenance, please contact The Witmer Company at 717-288-7163. We’ll keep your pipes, drains, and plumbing appliances running smoothly!

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