Your plumbing is probably not something you ever think about, at least not until something begins to leak or backup. But if you want to prevent these kinds of issues, how often should you schedule plumbing system maintenance? Here’s a guide to help you plan for this important home upkeep.
While there’s no definite answer to this question, most plumbing professionals recommend homeowners schedule plumbing system maintenance once a year as the bare minimum. But there are a few things to keep in mind.
To start with, don’t view a plumbing system as one entire system. On the contrary, view your plumbing as composed of parts that make up a whole. Some parts of the system are going to warrant more frequent attention than others. For example, the pipe network may need less care than your kitchen sink.
Signs You Need Plumbing System Maintenance
Secondly, there are signs that your plumbing needs maintenance. For example, if you notice rust or leaks around a water heater, it’s time to call a plumber. Similarly, a garbage disposal shouldn’t have a lingering odor. If it does, it’s time to call a plumber so that you can have it checked by an expert. These are small clues that you need to schedule maintenance more often.
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Plumbing Products or Services
Lastly, evaluate the lifespan of a plumbing product or service. Plumbing products and services are generally very durable. For instance, wax seals can last 20-30 years. Plastic (PVC) pipes last an average of 25-40 years, while Galvanized steel pipes are replaced on average every 80-100 years. Check the year the home was constructed and use this information to help plan your plumbing system maintenance.
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A Preventative Approach
Following these tips will keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape. Prevention enables you to identify issues in your home before they cause damage. This also helps to keep costs down. Call us at (650) 861-4995 to schedule maintenance for your plumbing system.