Fall in the desert is exquisite and unlike anywhere else in the country. As the winter weather slowly moves in we can expect cold nights, mild days, and crystal blue skies. As these changes take hold, it is a good time to get your home’s plumbing system ready with professional annual maintenance checks. There are several areas of your home’s plumbing that should be inspected on an annual basis, and there’s no better time to get them done!
- Water Heater: A traditional tank water heater should last anywhere from five to twenty years, depending on the manufacturer and quality. Annual maintenance will ensure the longevity of your water heater by identifying and repairing small issues before they escalate. During a water heater maintenance visit your plumbing professional will check the integrity of the tank to make sure there aren’t any cracks or fractures, the on/off valve and make sure it is working properly, and confirm that the temperature is set at the recommended 120 degrees. In addition, he or she will flush your water heater to remove any sediment or corrosion that has accumulated.
- Sewer System: The fall season is a good time of year to have your sewer system inspected using a plumbing camera to identify any blockages or root encroachments before the rains come and potential flooding occurs. A plumbing camera inspection provides a safe way for inspecting the condition of your plumbing system by sending a bendable hose affixed with a fiber optic camera in the pipes to record the inside of the system. It is recommended to have this done annually as debris and blockages can occur throughout the year. These inspections can reveal the cause of slow moving drains, chronic clogs, and more seemingly unrelated plumbing issues that, if left unchecked, could lead to significant damage and expense.
- Septic System: Your septic system should be pumped every two to five years. However, there are several factors that could increase the frequency of need for your particular system. Septic tanks are made to last and are an efficient and cost-effective way to manage waste. However, they do require maintenance in order to continue to work properly. Having your tank inspected and pumped annually is the best way to ensure the longevity of the system.
With just a few simple maintenance appointments your home’s plumbing will be in top working order for the cooler winter months and then some. To schedule your maintenance appointments for the fall season, contact Mr. Rooter of Northern Arizona today!