The Importance of Regular Plumbing Inspections

Is there ever a convenient time to have a plumbing problem? It’s definitely not convenient when you’re getting ready for work in the morning, you’re in the middle of cooking dinner or when your home is filled with guests. 

Even if there seems to be no problem at the moment, your plumbing system may already have an issue that is about to blow up at an inopportune moment.

Over time, it is common for pipes to become clogged and rusted when built-up grease, hair and other particles coagulate inside, making it difficult for wastewater to drain. Proper maintenance ensures that your home’s pipes will continue to drain and function properly. Benefits of routine maintenance include increasing the lifespan of your plumbing system and decreasing water bills — both of which save you money in the long run.

There are a few early warning signs that may indicate a plumbing emergency is lurking somewhere in your home:

  • Hot water in your shower does not last as long as it used to
  • Faucets are not working properly 
  • Water bill has increased sharply

An annual, whole-home plumbing inspection can help identify and correct a problem before it becomes a disaster that shuts down all or a portion of your home for days.  

During an inspection, a licensed professional will examine each of the following:

  • Dishwasher
  • Drains
  • Faucets
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Main Sewer Line
  • Pipes (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Showers and Tubs
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Washing Machine Hoses and Lines
  • Water Heater

Regular inspections will reveal hidden drainage problems or leaks in fixtures as well as any corrosive deposits that can cause a restriction in water flow. 

Is Your Toilet Running? The flappers on your toilet should be routinely inspected and replaced. If flappers are not working properly, you can lose more than 200 gallons of water a day!

A sewage backup is among every homeowner’s worst nightmares. An annual inspection will help you identify and avoid hazards like cracks, tree roots and sludge buildup that can block your main line and cause expensive repairs and damage to your home.

Traditional tank water heaters consume a lot of energy. A regular inspection for leaks and sediment buildup will ensure that your water heater is functioning at peak efficiency so you have comfortably warm water and lower utility bills. It is also important that the temperature and pressure valves are inspected each year for your family’s safety.

Did you know that plumbing problems can also affect your home’s air quality? An undiscovered leak caused by cracked pipes or improper valve pressure can create a mold hazard and, in turn, unhealthy indoor air. Professional maintenance and regular repairs will prevent mold growth and keep you breathing easy.

All it takes is one broken pipe in a wall or ceiling and a few minutes to cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home. And it won’t just be your pipes that need replacing — the damage may extend to your floors, drywall and cherished personal items. Regular plumbing inspections can bring attention to these issues before they do any damage to your property.

An industry leader in California and Nevada since 2015, 20/20 delivers reliable, state-of-the-art service. Our skilled tradespeople have the training and resources to meet your most challenging plumbing needs — on-time and in-budget. Contact 20/20 Plumbing & Heating to schedule service at: (844) 676-2020 or