Some plumbing problems are unavoidable. A broken sewer line due to nearby construction or the occasional toy being flushed down the toilet aren’t accidents you can always plan for. However, there are plenty of common plumbing problems that can be avoided when you make routine plumbing maintenance a part of your home’s yearly checklist.
Having your pipes professionally cleaned each year offers a number of benefits. While scheduling time for the plumber may not be your ideal way to spend an hour or two, that small amount of time is a great exchange for avoiding a 2 a.m. phone call to your local emergency plumber. Here are the top four reasons to have your pipes professionally cleaned:
Detect small plumbing issues
Professional pipe cleaning involves a sewer line camera inspection. The live feed video will give the plumber an inside look at your system’s condition. The camera inspection will help detect small plumbing issues, like cracks, invasive tree roots or leaks. Ten percent of U.S. homes have a plumbing leak that contributes to 90 gallons of wasted water each day. By scheduling routine plumbing maintenance, you can repair any lingering issues and save on your water bill each month.
Prevent emergency plumbing repairs
Making a call to a plumber may not top your list of things to do, but making the call on a weekend or holiday can be especially frustrating (and expensive). When your pipes are professionally cleaned regularly, you prevent emergency plumbing repairs for some of the most common problems. Continuous use of your plumbing system creates grease and debris can buildup in your pipes. That buildup can lead to clogs, complete blockages or even sewage backups. Pipe cleaning eliminates the buildup and allows your plumbing to run smoothly.
Extend life of plumbing system
Plumbing systems are designed to last for decades, but only when maintained properly. Professional pipe cleaning removes the buildup from grease, soap, hair and other debris, which greatly reduces corrosion on the inside of the pipes. By detecting and repairing small issues within your system, you maintain the integrity of the other connecting pipes. In addition, a professional plumber will be able to identify when a portion of your system needs to be replaced or relined, helping you steer clear of a major plumbing disaster.
Avoid clogs and blockages
One of the most common plumbing problems is a clogged drain or toilet. The blockage is often caused by years of buildup lining the pipes, making it difficult for tissue paper, waste and other debris to pass through the piping system. When the pipes are professionally maintained, not only is the buildup removed, but the plumber can also detect the formation of small clogs. The cleaning removes any blockages and allows your water and waste to flow at an optimal rate.
A professional plumber can explain the pipe cleaning process to you, which is typically performed through a pre-existing access point in your plumbing system. The cleaning typically takes less than two hours and allows your plumber to explain any issues that need to be serviced to avoid an emergency repair.