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How Often Should a Home Have a Plumbing Inspection

Does Your Home Need a Plumbing Inspection?

Most plumbing is best done before an issue happens. This is especially true with home plumbing inspections. Getting ahead of any problems in a plumbing system by having routine inspections will save the homeowner large amounts of money over the life of the home. A licensed plumber who is able to perform a sewer inspection using a pipe inspection camera can help visually inspect areas of the home that wouldn’t be able to be evaluated normally, and turn costly emergencies into only minor repairs.

How Do Pipe Inspection Cameras Work?

One of the best tools that a licensed plumber has at their disposal is a pipe inspection camera. They are commonly used to extend the plumbing inspection even deeper under the house, into the sewer system.

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The way that pipe inspection cameras do this is helping the plumber to actually visualize the length of the pipes. Most of the pipes in the home aren’t located in easily accessible places and are, instead, located underground in the foundation, which is usually surrounded by concrete, or inside of walls.

To perform this type of plumbing inspection, the plumber starts by inserting a flexible rod into the home’s pipes. The very tip of that rod has a high-def video camera on it, which sends a video of the inside of the pipes to a monitor that the plumber is viewing and recording. Many pipe inspection cameras also have lights installed, which helps to illuminate the pipes and show any potential damage, cracks, or clogs.

Reasons a Home Would Need a Sewer Inspection

Having a sewer inspection instead of just a traditional plumbing inspection can further help rule out issues with pipes in the home. Below just a few of the problems that they can either diagnose or rule out.

  • sewer inspectionTree Root Intrusion
  • Pipe Cracks, Leaks, and Punctures
  • Corrosion of the Pipes
  • Poorly Aligned Pipe Sections
  • Grease Build-Up
  • Clogs and Obstructions

Sewer and plumbing inspections should be performed any time a home is experiencing frequent or recurring issues with sewer backup, slow drains, or clogs. In addition, before purchasing a home, potential homeowners should have a full sewer inspection to make sure there are no costly issues on the horizon.

The Benefits of a Home Plumbing Inspection

While it is important to have a plumbing inspection performed if there are any signs of obvious issues with the plumbing system, there are also many benefits to having them done routinely even if it seems to be working perfectly.

Most importantly, issues with the pipes aren’t always obvious when they start. Small cracks in the pipe eventually become a bigger issue, so catching them early can save a lot of money in emergency plumbing services. The same is true with corrosion. Identifying it with a plumbing inspection can help the homeowner replace only the sections that are problematic instead of the entire system.

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Routine plumbing inspections are imperative to any home, no matter how old it may be. While homeowners may consider skipping them if their home is running smoothly, this is actually when they can be the most beneficial, they even lengthen you pipe's lifespans. Schedule one today!

About Alberta Indoor Comfort

Alberta Indoor Comfort provides excellent plumbing services in Calgary, AB and has a mission to provide all families with clean, comfortable, and safe indoor services. They are a CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) based company that offers customers quality heating, cooling, and services to extend the lifespan of their homes. Alberta Indoor Comfort strives to be good corporate citizens while using the newest technology and sustainable practices.