Many people think that they will only need a plumber to come out to their home if they develop a fault, such as a leaking tap or a burst pipe. Although this sort of reactive response to emergency situations is something that plumbers do all the time up and down the country, it is not always the best approach to take. Instead, most homeowners will find it beneficial to have their plumbing looked at from time to time as part of a preventative maintenance regime. If you are considering taking this more proactive approach with your home, then what can you expect the benefits to be?
Deal With Problems Before They Occur
Plumbing is not something homeowners tend to think about too often until it goes wrong. Under such circumstances, it soon becomes the biggest priority, especially if water is leaking onto fixtures and furnishings. That's why having it inspected by a professional plumber makes so much sense. Leaving things until they go wrong isn't a sensible approach to take with many things, and this certainly includes a domestic water system. Inspections that find minor faults are relatively inexpensive, after all. On the other hand, dealing with a repair or even making an insurance claim that pushes the price of your premiums up could easily be a false economy.
Domestic Water Pressure Checks
The supply from the mains water supply to homes is regulated under Australian Standards AS/NZS 3500 but this still means it can vary from place to place. In the City of Gold Coast, for example, it is supposed to be 220 kPA. However, the supply you get to your home might be outside of the recommended level. If your water supply is too high, your pipes are in danger of bursting. Too low, and it could be that your dishwasher and other appliances don't function as they should. Checking this every couple of years is therefore highly advisable and the sort of thing you should expect of your inspection.
Handle Blocked Drains
Please bear in mind that your home's plumbing system isn't just made up of the internal pipes that feed your sinks, toilets, showers and kitchen appliances. It is also the system that allows wastewater to flow away from your home. All too often, drains become partially blocked, which results in slower flowing waste. If such a blockage were to stop the flow completely, then you could get foul water backing up into your home. Given how undesirable this would be, having your drains inspected by a plumber as a part of your domestic plumbing inspection is a very good idea.