What do We Check During a Plumbing Safety Inspection?
Most people know to schedule a yearly tune-up for their AC and furnace, but what about your plumbing? A majority of homeowners don’t think to have their plumbing checked until something goes wrong. And we can’t fault them for this. It’s not like you can open the hood of your plumbing system. At Moore Home Services, we offer a plumbing safety inspection. Below is an explanation of every step.
Our 11-Point Plumbing Safety Inspection Includes:
Water Heater Safety and Visual Inspection
- Most home activities would come to a grinding halt without the water heater. Think about it, laundry, dishes, baths, so many activities rely on warm water. We like to take extra care when inspecting your water heater.First we’ll take a look to make sure there are no leaks or standing water, and that the earthquake safety straps are in good working order. After that, our plumbers will look for any stripped wires and check the levels of hard water mineral deposits.
- We consider the toilet to be the throne of your home. We make sure to check the main parts of every toilet in your home. Our plumbers start by seeing if the toilet is sturdy. A rocking toilet could mean you have a cracked or broken seal.Following that check, your plumber will test the toilet’s handle and flapper. We all know how a handle works, but the flapper is what regulates how much water is transferred from the tank to the bowl.
Finally, our plumbers check the supply line and angle stop. The supply line is that metal tube that runs from your plumbing system to the toilet. We’ll make sure that’s not damaged in any way.
The angle stop is what regulates how much water is fed to your toilet. Most angle stops are made from plastic that can crack or break over time.
Main Sewer Line Inspection
- Oftentimes, the first question a plumber will ask is, “where is your cleanout?” This is how we access your main sewer line. Once the cleanout is located and the cap removed, we’ll have you run water from all your taps so we can check the flow.The next step is putting our camera down through the pipes and checking for any clogs, cracks, or buildups.
Verify Proper Clean Out
- While we’re checking your sewer line, we also make sure to verify your drains have the proper cleanout. All your drains should have the right sized clean outs so a plumber can run a snake through them.
Drain Line Inspection
- If you have the right sized cleanouts for your drains, we’ll look at everything with a camera. If there is anything that’s blocking your drains, our plumbers will immediately let you know.
Check for Pressurized Plumbing
- Water pressure is like blood pressure. Too high and it puts unnecessary strain on your system, too low and nothing works correctly. Our plumbers will attach a pressure gauge to a hose bib, turn on the water, and get a reading of your pressure. We’re looking for a number between 65 and 75, anything high could have negative consequences.
Inspect for Proper Ventilation
- Any sink, tub, or toilet in your home needs a vent. If you’re wondering why, it’s because all those fumes need to go somewhere. Without vents, the smells associated with biological material will waft back from the drain into your home.
Inspect for Proper Plumbing Insulation
- Sometimes pipes that run from the water heater into your home are outside or in a crawlspace. Any pipes exposed to the elements need to have insulation. You’re facing a lot of cool showers without it. Our plumbers will inspect and repair any damaged insulation.
Inspect for Gas Leaks
- A majority of the heat generating appliances in your home rely on natural gas. We’re talking about your clothing dryer, stove, and water heater. Our plumbers make sure to check your gas lines for any potentially harmful cracks or holes.
Quality Test Tap Water
- Every plumber with Moore Home Services is equipped with a tap water testing kit. During a plumbing safety inspection, they’ll check your tap water for mineral deposits and chlorine. No matter what, there will always be a small amount of chlorine in your water, we just want to make sure it’s not too much.
Inspect All Shutoff Valves
- Your shutoff valve is more than a water control, it’s a safety device. Were there ever ab issue with your plumbing, you could shut off the water before any damage occurs. A plumber form Moore Home Services will check the shutoff valve and make sure it works.The only caveat to this is if your home has a gate valve. It’s mostly older homes that are equipped with them. The gate valve moves up and down to start or stop the flow of water. Because they are so old and hard to work with, our plumbers won’t touch it because they don’t want to damage it in any way.
Moore Home Services Provides the Best Inspection
We want your plumbing system to be in the best shape possible. You should be able to trust your pipes and know they’re well taken care of. To schedule your own plumbing safety inspection, call the number at the top of the screen or click here to request an appointment online. We serve our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and North Bay communities.