Importance of Annual Plumbing Maintenance

While most homeowners know that regular maintenance on their central air system is essential for year-round efficiency, plumbing is an altogether different issue. It’s easy to overlook the important of your plumbing system. Most of the pipes in your home are hidden from view – and unless there is a clog or a leak there is little interaction with them. If plumbing is doing its job, then it should be virtually invisible.

However, annual maintenance is key if you want to ensure maximum efficiency and a long life. The good news is that plumbing only needs to be checked every three years (unlike central air, which needs bi-yearly maintenance). A check-up from an experienced plumber will catch small problems before they become larger repair issues and it will help keep clogging and drainage difficulties to a minimum.

When you call your favorite plumbing contractor for maintenance, you can avoid:

Slow Drainage

Slow drainage isn’t an immediate concern to most people, but the reasons behind the blockage can be potentially destructive. Slow drainage can indicate several problems including clogging, grease buildup, mineral buildup and other issues that need to be addressed. Simply hoping that the problem will go away can often lead to a costly repair. Annual maintenance can help keep your plumbing system free from buildup of debris and organic material that can create blockage.

Recurring Clogs

The drains in your bathroom are more likely to experience recurring clogs because of the amount of debris that flows through on a daily basis. Hair, dirt and soap can slowly buildup and cause blockage. Sometimes this can clear itself up, especially in shower drains where hot water is consistently going through the pipes. A professional can clean the plumbing and remove the soap scum and organic debris that has built up over the years, ensuring less clogging.

Odors from Drains

Unpleasant odors coming from the drain can affect your entire home. While odors that emanate from the kitchen sink are often the cause of debris in the garbage disposal, consistent odors from multiple sinks are a sign of something more problematic. If your plumbing system is connected to the municipal sewer line, it may indicate that a severe drainage issue has developed. An odor might also indicate a pollutant buildup in your pipes, which would take more than an over-the-counter cleaner to fix. These are both serious problems and should be addressed by a professional immediately.

Multiple Clogged Drains

When two or more drains are clogged it indicates there might be a problem with your main drainage system. This is not a problem that can be fixed in a DIY fashion, it requires a professional plumber with the tools to probe deep into the pipe system. Annual maintenance can ensure the main drainage line is kept clean and free from mineral buildup.

Emergency Calls

Annual maintenance can help minimize plumbing emergencies – which never seem to occur during convenient times. Late night leaks and clogging over the holidays are symptoms of plumbing that is not maintained properly. A professional plumber will thoroughly investigate a system and act to prevent common problems in the future.

Wasting Money

If you are constantly having a plumber out to fix small problems, then you are wasting time and money. By having your plumbing system maintained just once every three years, you can avoid the constant repair calls.

Annual maintenance can keep your plumbing system clean and operational. It will also help save money on avoidable repairs down the road. If you’ve never had a maintenance check, or haven’t had one performed in several years, consider scheduling one soon. Metro plumbing professionals can quickly assess your system and recommend any repairs or treatments to ensure maximum efficiency. Call us today at 423-616-1025 or 706-516-1980 to schedule an appointment.

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