Just like any appliance in your home, your plumbing system suffers wear and tear over time.

Just like any appliance in your home, your plumbing system suffers wear and tear over time.
Although the pipes and drains of a plumbing system are designed for durability, they still require regular care to keep them from aging too rapidly and needing numerous repairs and replacements. Qualified plumbers can help you keep your plumbing in the best shape possible through regular maintenance visits. Even if you have a recently installed plumbing system with corrosion-resistant copper and PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) or CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) piping, you should schedule maintenance once a year.

Why should you schedule annual maintenance?

Plumbing maintenance encompasses more than checking to see if your pipes have leaks or are suffering from corrosion. Maintenance also includes the major appliances you use on a daily basis, which can undergo significant stress during a year. For example, your water heater is part of regular plumbing maintenance, and water heaters must have yearly inspections and tune-ups to make sure they work efficiently and correctly. You’ll need a new water heater long before you need new pipes, and maintenance technicians will be able to identify when it’s time to retire your current water heater.

Another reason for having plumbing maintenance done annually is that the consequences of failures in the water line or the sewer line can be immense. These are problems you want to avoid if at all possible, since they can cause damage to your home and the repair work is often extensive.

Regular maintenance will catch small problems with either the water line or the sewer line on your property before they become large problems.

You can also purchase a water alarm and simply place the alarm next to a potential leak source. The alarm will give off a high-pitched sound when it comes into contact with water, much like a smoke detector when there is a fire.

What will your plumber check?

A qualified plumbing contractor will check your water heater, faucets, supply line, shut-off valves, toilets, drains, and appliances such as washing machines and sump pumps. They will search for corrosion, leaks and blockages at every point.

At the end of a maintenance visit, your plumber should provide you with a list of suggestions for repairs or advice that will help you continue to keep your home safe from water and sewer damage.

Routine maintenance will help you and your plumber build a relationship so you will both be prepared in the event of an emergency.