All homeowners know that routine maintenance is part of preserving and protecting a home. Like any other roof or siding inspections, you should add a home plumbing inspection to your list to ensure your plumbing system is in good condition. More often than not, people sit on plumbing problems until it’s too late. However, having your plumbing system inspected ensures small issues are identified and fixed before they become big inconveniences.

So, what is a plumbing inspection?

A plumbing inspection is a comprehensive assessment of your plumbing system that is conducted by a plumbing technician. During an inspection, the technician will examine your indoor and outdoor pipes, including supply and sewer lines. They will also check the status of sinks, bathtubs, faucets, showers, toilets, water heaters and hose bibs.

There are two types of inspections: a visual inspection and a camera inspection. Visual inspections are the most common and typically involve checking all water and sewer fittings for leaks, ensuring all drains and drainage systems are working, and seeing if appliances, like water heaters, are properly connected.

Professional plumbers also conduct camera inspections. With the help of technologically advanced, high-resolution cameras, inspectors can look at the inside of your plumbing pipes to better identify any wear and tear or issues with your supply lines or sewer line. Camera inspections often catch tricky clogs or blockages that the naked eye can’t see.

Why should you get a plumbing inspection?

There are four main reasons why homeowners need to hire a plumbing company to conduct frequent inspections. Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or are looking at selling, typical home inspections do not require a plumbing inspection. When they are completed, they are not thorough enough.

You want to buy a home

Before you sign any official documents, you should have a plumbing inspection completed by a professional to ensure your new home is not coming with any potential problems or plumbing issues. The last thing you need is another stressor added to your moving plate.

You want to sell your home

Prospective buyers want to see that your home is in the best condition possible. A comprehensive plumbing inspection will prove that your plumbing system is working effectively and will not require any immediate plumbing repairs.

You want to prevent serious emergencies

As a homeowner, you should never wait for your systems to fail. At the first sight of faulty water pressure, water damage or a change in your water supply, you need to take action. Routine inspections help prevent problems down the road.

You want to protect your home

Even the tiniest leak can create extensive damage over time. Like any other facet of your home, you need plumbing maintenance to keep your home safe. Faulty systems are extremely dangerous for everyone inside, so you need to do whatever you can to prevent system failure.

How often should plumbing be inspected?

You should have a residential plumbing inspection conducted every two years. If you live in an older home, you should have it inspected more often. Most professional plumbers will tell you to schedule annual plumbing inspections on homes that are over 40 years old.

Are you overdue for an inspection?

With more than 30 years of professional experience serving families throughout the Greater Indianapolis area, we know a thing or two about plumbing systems. If it’s been more than two years since your last inspection, give Justin Dorsey Plumbing a call today! We’ll send a team out to you as quickly as possible to conduct a thorough inspection and ensure your system is operating safely and efficiently!