Many homeowners live by the axiom 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', leading them to think of their plumbing system only when issues arise. However, these same homeowners will tell you that they would love the reassurance of knowing that their plumbing systems were always running smoothly, free of any issues. Thus, the question that often arises is whether routine plumbing maintenance is necessary, or if you only need to call your plumber in an emergency? The evidence clearly shows that catching plumbing issues early reduces the cost and extent of repairs and keeps your system functioning effectively. Here we look at how routine maintenance is more beneficial for residential plumbing systems than simply leaving it to the emergency plumber.
Maintain Whole System Functionality
Damage or dysfunction in one area of your plumbing system can quickly spread and cause damage in major pipes or even in the main lines. Routine plumbing maintenance picks up small blockages and buildup sooner, preventing major blockages, sewage backups, or clogged main lines. This is important because issues at the sewer main could leave you with thousands of dollars’ worth of damage on your hands. Calling your plumber for routine maintenance, or at the first sign of a small issue, can help to maintain better whole system functionality.
Keep Your Family Healthy and Safe
Plumbing issues can impact your home’s integrity and safety before you even notice them. A dripping tap or small leak can cause mold buildup that affects your family's health. A slab leak is almost impossible to detect without professional help and can spell disaster if left unmanaged. If sewage backup or leaks occur, dangerous bacteria can quickly be spread around your home, causing illness. These are just some of the reasons that maintaining the integrity and function of your sewage system with routine maintenance help to keep your home and family safe.
Reduce the Risk of Major Damage
Because minor plumbing issues can accumulate and become worse over time, avoiding routine maintenance could mean an increase in the risk of major plumbing issues. If your plumbing problem begins to affect the main sewer line or water supply you could be liable for tens of thousands of dollars in repair, not to mention the inconvenience of digging up and repairing sewer lines or being without plumbing or water supply for some time. The simple and cost-effective action of calling your local plumber for routine maintenance can prevent plumbing emergencies from even occurring.
Minimize Costs and Repairs in the Long Run
While routine plumbing maintenance does have a cost, it’s much lower when compared with the cost of emergency plumbing services. Emergency plumbing services can be most costly as they often involve call outs on the weekend or the middle of the night, and by the time you need an emergency plumber, you may have extensive damage on your hands. Routine plumbing services help to catch even the smallest plumbing issues early when you only need to make a small repair or replacement to restore the full function of your plumbing. By keeping your plumbing system healthy and running consistently, you can avoid major plumbing issues and minimize costs over the long term.
While it can be tempting to avoid calling the plumber until a plumbing emergency happens, booking routine maintenance with your local plumber can reduce plumbing costs, plumbing issues, and the need for repairs. Advanced Plumbing and Rooter Service is ready to provide routine, preventative maintenance for your plumbing system, so contact us today at to talk about setting up a maintenance schedule that fits your needs.