The plumbing in your home serves as a water circulatory system, drawing in clean wash water from wells or municipal systems, and then siphoning the dirty water away from your home through drain and sewage pipes. In the best of times, plumbing works without a hitch, out of sight and out of mind. But when something goes wrong, the results can be messy and very expensive to repair.
So why and when should you request an inspection for water and drain pipes in your home?
You’ve Seen Signs Of Trouble
There are a number of telltale signs that you may already be having trouble with your water and drain pipes. If you notice any of the following, call your plumber to request an inspection right away:
- Sewage backup in the bathroom, usually from the toilet on the lowest floor of your home.
- Water rushing up your bath or shower drain whenever a nearby toilet is flushed.
- Persistent slow draining of sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs, as well as gurgling noises in your pipes.
- An area of standing water in your yard not due to any obvious reason.
- Lingering sewage smells outside your home.
All the above are indications of either a clog in the main drain pipes or a failed sewage pipe buried beneath your property.
You Own An Older Home
Even if you have no obvious signs of trouble in the drain pipes, there are still several good reasons to make an appointment for an inspection, particularly for older homes.
No plumbing materials are immune to the ravages of stress, weather, or time, which makes the plumbing in older homes particularly vulnerable. The zinc coating on galvanized pipes erodes after a few decades, inviting corrosion and rust. Copper pipes are prone to pinhole leaks and faulty connections.
A proper pipe inspection can find a partial clog, giving you a chance to remove it before it causes a major sewage backup. An inspection can also reveal the loss of material integrity in a drain pipe before that vital artery collapses. A collapsed pipe needs to be dug up, removed, and replaced, but a pipe that hasn’t yet failed may be a candidate for restoration through trenchless pipe replacement. This method of shooting a lining through the old pipe minimizes the expense as well as the impact of the repair on your landscaping.
Even if you haven’t noticed any signs of trouble, or your home is of recent vintage, you may still want to request an inspection as part of your schedule of yearly household maintenance. Keeping your plumbing in tip-top shape can save you stress, worry, and money.