Home maintenance plans are as complex as your home and should include preventative and inspection tasks for every system. Plumbing system wear and tear can lead to leaking or burst pipes and expensive repairs, however, so setting up an inspection schedule with your plumber is important for the health and wellbeing of your home and those living in it. These inspections also help renovation planning because you can better predict how your pipes will impact your budget and timeline.
Your home plumbing system is constantly bringing fresh water to your kitchens and bathrooms as well as taking used water to the municipal treatment plant. The older your pipes are, the more likely they are to have small leaks or to break under the pressure from the system. A plumber can use hydrostatic, video or smoke testing plumbing systems to check for leaks as well as unknown line branches and pressure tolerance so you can perform preventative maintenance on the little problems before they develop into huge disasters.
Depending on the age of your plumbing, and the quality of maintenance performed over the years, renovating your home can come with some hidden nasty surprises. An inspection performed during the sale of the property will usually include a test on the plumbing system, but a plumber can more accurately map out your lines with a smoke test. This test pushes smoke, sometimes colored, through the lines so you can see where each one ends. With this map, you can see which walls can be moved without disturbing the plumbing, where you can add branches for a new bathroom or kitchen fixture and even what repairs you can expect during the process.
When it comes to routine maintenance, neglecting your plumbing system can lead to catastrophic events such as burst pipes, water damage to the walls and ruined furniture, flooring or possessions. Adding an inspection to your maintenance plans can help spot trouble spots so they can be addressed before they become leaks or brakes.