What should be considered in a plumbing inspection

Plumbing is one of those functions homeowners and apartment dwellers often take for granted until it stops working. When the plumbing in your home no longer functions effectively, it can seem like a disaster.

Those problems often are exacerbated during the cold months of winter, which can lead to frozen pipes. In a worst case scenario, pressure can build up, causing the pipes to burst. This problem can lead to further costly damage to other parts of the home.

Homeowners can take precautions to minimize problems by taking steps like keeping a small amount of water running during sub-zero temperatures.

Here are some additional ways to prevent pipes from bursting in your home during the winter, according to the Greater Indianapolis Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association:

  • Disconnect the garden hose. This will prevent damage to the hose system during the winter.
  • Shut off the main valve. Be sure to shut off the valve if you are leaving for vacation or for an extended period of time. This will prevent the pipes from freezing while you are away.
  • Open cabinet doors. This will help air circulate more freely under the cabinets, warming the pipes.

Another way to prevent damage is to have the plumbing inspected regularly. A professional Boston plumber will be able to notice potential issues and will help prevent costly damages from occurring.

Here are some of the important aspects of a plumbing system they will inspect:

  • Waste piping. These pipes are inspected for proper angles and a downward flow to make sure waste is taken away from your home.
  • Water distribution piping. These pipes will be inspected to ensure that waste water is not mixed with drinking water.
  • Vent pipes. Properly functioning vent pipes help regulate the pressure in the plumbing system.

It is important to have the plumbing system in your home regularly inspected and serviced, if there are maintenance issues. The cost of an inspection is well worth the money that will be saved by not having a burst pipe this winter.


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Winterize Your Outdoor Plumbing

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Inspect all outdoor water faucets and make sure to disconnect, drain and store garden hoses for the winter. Use spray foam insulation to fill any openings around the hose bib to prevent cold air from accessing the interior of the wall and possibly freezing the pipes inside.
Inspect all outdoor water faucets and make sure to disconnect, drain and store garden hoses for the winter. Use spray foam insulation to fill any openings around the hose bib to prevent cold air from accessing the interior of the wall and possibly freezing the pipes inside.

Winterize your outdoor faucets and pipes and irrigation systems by mid-November to avoid freeze damage and the freeze-warning rush at your local hardware store.

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