When it comes to the upkeep of one’s house, there are quite a few things that come to mind. However, something that rarely comes to mind is regular plumbing maintenance. Just like how you need to change your car’s oil every few months or go to the doctor’s office for regular checkups, your plumbing is something that needs the same type of maintenance about two to three times a year. And while many believe that this is a task that is unnecessary and will most likely not cost them some serious money, it is nonetheless extremely important.
#1. It Reduces Costs
Many homeowners, who are often trying to save money or at the very least trying not to spend unnecessary money, don’t see regular plumbing maintenance as a way to cut their yearly spending. However, what they don’t realize is that this is only a short term way to save money that will end up costing them that much more in the long run. Without regular maintenance, you run the risk of having a plumbing issue that you can’t see and making it worse by not getting it fixed sooner rather than later. By the time you or someone else does recognize the issue, you will end up paying much more than you would have for the maintenance and small repairs. This regular maintenance can also catch things like water leaks that would have ended up raising your water bill exponentially had it been left unseen.
#2. Better Air Quality
It’s no secret that moisture in certain areas of your house can create mold, which isn’t healthy for anyone, and can reduce the quality of the air you are breathing. Without regular plumbing maintenance, it is very easy for any homeowner to not recognize a leak in the pipes, therefore causing mold to grow in your house. Just two to three plumbing maintenance checks a year and you could easily prevent this, ensuring the air in your house that you and your loved ones are breathing is safe.
#3. Your Pipes and Appliances Will Last Longer
Just like anything, the better you take care of it, the longer it lasts. This does not exclude the upkeep of your pipes. While they will inevitably need replacing at some point or another, by getting regular maintenance checks, you can extend the time in which they last by years.
#4. Disaster Prevention
By having your plumbing checked a few times a year, you will catch any problems you have before they turn into disasters, which includes water heater failures or pipe bursts. The plumbers who come to your home have been trained to specifically check for certain issues before they turn into something that causes possible permanent damage to your house.
#5. Ensures Your Water Purity
Those who are sent over to check your plumbing will most likely be able to recognize the early signs of rusty pipe water. By catching this, they can run a series of tests on your plumbing to see what needs to be done to fix this issue. This ensures that you and your family will not be consuming any sort of contaminants with your water.
Now that you know just a few of the many benefits of having your plumbing checked regularly, hopefully you are thinking about looking into a Kansas City plumber near you who can provide this service. However, before you take the step, you should probably be informed of what the person who ends up coming to your house will or should be looking at to ensure that your plumbing system is a well oiled machine.
#1. The Water Heaters
Your water heater, is something that should be checked annually, at a minimum. It is a system that never stops working, and because of that, it will eventually start negatively affecting the water levels in your house. Water heaters and their installation prices, as I have learned from experience, are extremely high. By having yours flushed, cleaned and inspected at least once a year, you could expand the lifespan of your water heater by years, and save yourself some serious cash.
#2. Sewer Lines
The inspection of your sewer lines is another part of your plumbing system that should receive a thorough annual inspection to prevent any sort of clogging and backup, which is a more common problem than we sometimes realize. And while it is the grosser part of the plumbing system to think about, that also means that it is most likely the part that you probably want the least amount of issues with when it comes to the repercussions of a backed up sewer line.
#3. Kitchen Drain Line
If you are inspecting your sewer lines, you might as well clean out your kitchen drain line as well. This means finally ridding it of all the built up gunk you have put in it over the years, including grease and old food that has turned nasty and threatens to clog it up and cause issues. This is a very simple task that can be done by hydro-jetting and snaking the drain line, effectively cleaning and clearing out everything that has built up since you last had it done.
#4. Plumbing Fixtures
If you’re worried about spending money on this plumbing maintenance, then after reading this one, you might just understand why it could actually end up saving you money. Plumbing fixtures, including leaking/dripping faucets and running toilets can rack up an extra couple hundred a year in water bills if they go unnoticed. Money that you could easily be using to avoid and fix this issue in the first place, so that you can keep on saving.
#5. Pipe Insulation
Pipe insulation, especially right before the cold winter months, is an important one to have checked and fixed if any issues are found. If your pipes are not properly insulated on the inside and outside of your house, you could find yourself dealing with frozen and burst pipes. It only takes a few hours of freezing temperatures to freeze your pipes, and is not at all worth taking the risk of not having someone come and inspect it.
Now that you know some of the things that you should be looking for and asking about, specifically when it comes to your plumbing and having your system inspected, you are ready to make the call. You are also ready to promise yourself that you will continue to make the call yearly, if not more, to ensure that your plumbing system continues to run correctly, ultimately saving you more money in the end.
So to those of you who have been convinced, I tell you that the call you should be making is to Stine-Nichols Plumbing in Kansas City. Our team is willing to take care of all your plumbing needs, including commercial and residential plumbing service and repair, design-build, tenant finish, underground sewer and water installation and repair, hot water heaters, drain cleaning and more.
With 165-plus years of combined experience, we feel confident in ensuring that your plumbing system will be properly inspected and in tip-top condition, saving you time, money and stress now and in the future. To schedule a maintenance check up or have any questions at all about our services, please call us at (816)-348-3481. We look forward to hearing from you!