Preventative Maintenance Tasks Undertaken By Plumbers
If you have never suffered a serious problem with your home's plumbing system, then you might wonder why preventative maintenance is a good idea. However, relying on a reactive response only when you have identified an issue may mean that you will have already suffered from significant water damage before you are able to rectify the problem. This might mean you losing irreplaceable possessions and having to fork out a great deal of money even if your home insurance is valid. If you opt for a preventative maintenance regime with your local plumbing service, then what sort of tasks can you expect them to undertake?
Hot Water Service
This is a good thing to have done each year before you start to use more hot water—usually in the winter months. A hot water service will make sure that energy losses from your hot water pipes are as minimal as possible and that any joins or links in the system are fully watertight. In addition, your hot water tank will be checked to make sure that it is in full working order. Lastly, a hot water service is there to make sure your boiler is heating your water correctly in the first place.
Alongside your hot water system, your radiator should also be checked annually before you will really need it in the winter. Sometimes, radiators can become inefficient simply because air gets trapped in them, and it sits there un-shifted while the system is not used in summer. As well as dealing with air pockets, a radiator check will ensure that enough water is in the closed system to keep it running as efficiently as possible.
Exposed Cold Water Pipes
When you have exposed pipework that gets cold, it can freeze up during a cold snap. If so, then your system can burst as the ice inside expands. A plumbing preventative maintenance regime should make sure that external pipes or those that run through your home's loft are able to withstand colder temperatures and are given new insulation if necessary.
Dealing With Drips
A small drip might not seem like it is much of an issue, but it can be a sign of a more significant fault. By checking your taps and valves for any escaping water, you can save yourself the problem of a tap becoming unable to be turned off because it has been overtightened. All of the taps in your home need to be checked, including those which operate your shower.