Most people know to have the oil changed in their car regularly, right? People also know that it is a wise precaution to have various dental and medical check-ups done regularly, right? Have you thought about how often you should have a plumbing inspection (especially considering that the water where you live probably is “hard water” that will wear out plumbing faster than happens in most parts of the US).
Think of an annual inspection of your home (including the plumbing) as fundamental to preserving the integrity of the structure. Further, in the case of preventing or quickly detecting mold contamination, think of our annual maintenance plan as an essential investment in the health of your family.
Be aware that to preserve full coverage on warranties, annual maintenance may be required
For instance, with hot water heaters, they need to be drained every single year. If you neglect to drain it every year, then your eight-year warranty could be voided after just 365 days.
When you have our plumbing staff perform an annual plumbing inspection, that includes replacing all of the parts that are the most common sources of leaks that lead to water damage. You can even request for us to use infrared thermal cameras to check for moisture intrusions (which are invisible to the naked eye).
Prevention and early detection of leaks can save you a lot of time and money
The reality is that, eventually, there will probably be some kind of leak in your home. It could be a disintegrated washer on plumbing in your washing machine. It could be from a hail stone puncturing a single roof shingle that leads to a drip in to your attic. It could even be a crack in the seal of the frame of a window or door.
There are many sources of water damage. If they are detected early, then the repairs can be minor and fast. If the leaks are not detected quickly, then they can cause wood to rot and the need for major re-building of the infrastructure of the home, such as replacing your walls and floors. Leaks can also cause mold contamination that will effect the health of everyone who spends any time in that building (and result in the need for extensive remodeling by our mold remediation contractors in Phoenix… who know how to contain the mold so that spores are not spread during the renovations).
What will be included in your annual plumbing inspection service?
We recommend to everyone in Arizona that, every single year, you invest in having a competent plumber come in to your home and replace the most common sources of leaks. The plumber should replace all of the shut-off valves (“angle stops”) plus all of the supply lines to bathtubs, toilets, faucets, and the refrigerator. This will avoid the most common sources of water damage leaks.
Precautions relating to the “hard water” of Arizona
Be aware that we have very “hard” water in most of the city water supplies in Arizona. It has a lot of minerals in it that will quickly wear out standard plumbing parts.
Even with a water softener constantly reducing the wear and tear on those plumbing parts, we still see parts wearing out within just a few years. Five years can go by and someone never has an leak emergency, but then when they do have an emergency repair issue, if the valve does not work, the flooding will be that much worse before the flow of water can even be stopped.
Replacing those few key inexpensive parts every couple of years can save you a lot of trouble. Especially when a plastic water line bursts and is spraying water everywhere, you want to be able to quickly stop the flow of water.
We think of measuring water damage not in gallons, but centimeters
We are not just talking here about a few extra gallons of water in your yard getting wasted and flowing in to the street. We are talking about a flood of water pooling up inside of your house.
Specifically, we are talking about things like centimeters of water inside of your kitchen cabinets. Maybe you do not store anything more valuable than few recipe books in there, but if the water cannot be promptly shut off, then a few extra gallons of water in an enclosed wooden cabinet can raise the water level by several centimeters. Those extra centimeters of water will do more than ruin the pages of your recipe books.
Those are extra gallons of water that our emergency restoration contractors will need to remove from the cabinets and the walls and even from underneath your flooring. Maybe we can still extract the water and dry everything out without needing to replace half of your kitchen or big sections of carpet. However, we cannot reverse water damage once it is done!
Contact us today about what preventive steps are most relevant to you.
We are eager to educate you to take the precautions that will prevent another repair emergency from major water damage. Please contact us about the value to you of our annual plumbing inspection service. If you need to spread it out to every 18 months or 24 months, that can still save you an enormous amount of trouble and time.
In conclusion, we recommend that owners of all buildings in Arizona, including landlords, invest in an annual plumbing inspection. To request that we schedule an initial inspection or regular annual inspections, contact us today.