How often do you schedule your plumbing inspections? It is possible to forget to schedule such appointments, especially when your plumbing has no significant issues. However, at At Your Service Heating & Cooling LLC, we recommend annual assessments to allow our experts to give you efficient plumbing. We have extensive experience helping homeowners in Baltimore, MD and the surrounding areas and guarantee the best services.
Why Schedule Annual Maintenance?
The overall aim of scheduling professional annual inspections is to ensure your plumbing runs smoothly and prevent inconvenient problems. We examine the whole system and can correct any minor issues we discover. Our expertise lets us identify the little problems that need fixing so you will not incur high repair costs from plumbing emergencies later. A home with an optimally functioning plumbing system is safe and gives you peace of mind. Let’s review what professional plumbers look for during such sessions.
Leaks are among the most common plumbing issues we encounter in Baltimore. Leaks often arise due to small holes or loose fittings, which create room for water to seep through. If not quickly fixed, the space can continue to enlarge, and you waste a lot of water over time.
Depending on the leak’s location, it may also cause structural damage, such as warping and rotting of wood. This poses a considerable danger to your household since it weakens the house’s stability. It can also lead to mold growth and damage furniture and other belongings. A leak in drains or sewer lines can lead to unsanitary conditions.
We look for leaks in areas such as the following:
- Main line
- In walls
- Water heater
Our plumbers can fix any minor leakages from all fixtures. If we find significant damage or other problems, we will recommend scheduling a repair to address the issue adequately.
Clogs happen when solids and sludge attach to the inner walls of drain and sewer pipes. The obstruction comes from soap, food particles, hair, and other solids. When they form a clog, you will notice a significant change in the wastewater drainage. While it may happen gradually, scheduling annual checks to help unblock the system before complete obstruction occurs is crucial.
Signs of a clog include slow drains, foul smells, and gurgling sounds in sinks and toilets. When left untreated, they can result in sewage backing up in toilets, sinks, and showers. Besides being unsanitary, clogs put more strain on your pipes and can cause them to burst. Our plumbers at At Your Service Heating & Cooling LLC check for clogs in all fixtures and plumbing equipment, such as water heaters, garbage disposals, bathtubs, sinks, and showers.
Many homeowners in Baltimore do not know the proper water pressure regulator setting recommended for their houses. Therefore, they tend to set it higher to enjoy an increased water supply. However, increasing the water pressure beyond the appropriate level may harm your pipes since the water exerts more pressure on them. You may end up with a pipe burst or leak.
However, if you have low water pressure, you will not get sufficient water flow, especially when using various fixtures simultaneously. Many of our Baltimore clients complain about such issues, especially when they previously enjoyed a smooth flow.
Some of the causes of changes in water pressure include the following:
- Pipe leaks
- Mainline pipe bursts
- Wrong pressure setting
- Reduced water supply
- Mineral buildups
- Faulty fixtures
Proper Pipe Sloping and Support
At At Your Service Heating & Cooling LLC, we always confirm that the horizontal lines have the proper slope to ensure the water will flow correctly. This is especially important in areas with low water pressure. Therefore, we inspect all the pipes from the mainline to the drains and sewer line. Sloping of horizontal pipes happens during plumbing installation after construction. However, we can adjust any mistakes to ensure that the water flows in the proper direction.
Sloping is essential in the drainage of wastewater from the sinks and toilets. The drains should slant outwards as they direct water to the sewer line. Lying completely horizontally may limit the drainage speed, causing you to experience constant backflow and slow drainage. Our plumbers also confirm the proper support of the vertical pipes supplying water to your home. These lines usually run against the wall and must be securely fixed to prevent them from falling or disconnecting. There shouldn’t be long vertical runs without proper support.
Wear and Tear
Wear and tear is expected in all pipes and plumbing fixtures. Plumbers will assess the condition of all the lines to see if they can continue functioning efficiently. We have modern equipment that helps us get detailed information on the state of both the intake and the drain lines. You will experience more leaks and pipe bursts when you have aged lines. It is better to schedule a replacement to avoid the frustration and expensive repairs with failed pipes.
Wear and tear also affects the various fixtures that supply you with water. Therefore, when they seem corroded or outdated, we recommend replacing them to improve water quality. Among the many units we check is the water heater. Since it plays a significant role, especially during cold winters, you need it to work optimally. Aging heaters consume more energy and develop leaks, leading to higher utility bills. However, when you invest in a new water heater, you enjoy energy efficiency and a consistent hot water supply.
Pipe fitting refers to how well the lines connect. This is crucial to check since the joint can cause various plumbing issues. Our plumbers confirm that each pipe connects tightly to the next, leaving no room for leaks and dirt. We also check that all the lines are of the recommended size and can match the home’s water pressure.
We also inspect for kinks, bends, and compressions, which may arise from improper installation. One common mistake we correct is the improper fixing of corner pipes. Our plumbers must confirm that each tube connector is of the proper size and material. This way, you will not have to worry about not meeting the plumbing code.
Leave It to the Professionals
When our plumbers perform annual inspections, we always strive to leave our clients satisfied. We can help you know how to maintain the plumbing system to avoid constant repairs and malfunctions so you won’t have to endure inefficient plumbing. We leave no stone unturned and walk our clients through the procedure to allow them to understand what we are doing.
With routine plumbing tune-ups and repairs, you can always have peace of mind knowing you can avoid significant plumbing problems. You can turn to us for traditional or tankless water heater installation or help with your sump pump. We also offer installation, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling systems and can help with indoor air quality problems. Reach out to At Your Service Heating & Cooling LLC for exceptional plumbing services in Baltimore and surrounding areas.