You know you need to take proper steps to keep your car running smoothly. You should change the oil, rotate the tires, and if an unusual noise suddenly emerges, you get it checked out. Proper maintenance of your vehicle helps it run better for longer.
The same is true for your plumbing.
A number of environment or lifestyle habits can affect your pipes, so having them inspected and performing regular plumbing maintenance on your system will extend the life of your pipes and prevent you from paying out major cash for a preventable problem. Some of the elements that affect your plumbing are within your control, but others can’t be avoided.
Elements that Affect Pipes
- Weather: The shift in temperature as winter approaches can put your pipes under tremendous stress. When the temperatures spike and lower dramatically, certain piping materials can expand and contract, causing small cracks.
- Material: Certain types of piping material last longer and can handle more stress than others. Copper pipes typically offer the longest lifespan but are expensive. PVC pipes are commonly used and are much less expensive but can warp over time when exposed to hot water.
- Age: As with any housing material, the age of your plumbing system plays a role in its effectiveness. Routine pipe maintenance will help extend the life of the pipes. On average, residential plumbing systems can last for decades, but the piping material will play a role in the lifespan.
Sewer Pipe Camera Inspection
A sewer pipeline camera inspection can be done relatively quickly and without digging up your yard or floor. A waterproof, high-definition camera is pushed through the piping via a flexible fiber optic cable. The images from the pipe inspection allow the plumber to determine any leaks, buildup or potential problem areas.
Routine pipe inspection is one of the easiest ways to detect plumbing challenges before they become a major expense. Plumbing inspections are recommended each year to keep your pipes running smoothly.