Plumbing, Drain, and Sewer Inspections
General plumbing inspections typically cover the pipes inside your home, while sewer inspections are more concerned with the external piping carrying wastewater away from your home. Drains can exist both indoors and outdoors, so those inspections tend to be more localized to specific trouble areas.
A general plumbing inspection targets several different areas of your plumbing, including:
- Water pressure
- Water leak detection
- Plumbing fixtures and fittings
- Water heaters
- Pressure release valves
Your plumber will work systematically through all of these components, looking for any signs of issues that may need to be targeted for repair. Rest assured that they know exactly what they are looking for and can uncover problems that may never have crossed your mind. They’ll be looking for areas that could be troublesome in the future as well, even if there isn’t currently an issue. This way, they can prevent problems before they start, minimizing your need for future plumbing repairs.
If you notice that one or more of your home’s drains are flowing sluggishly, a drain inspection is more likely to be what you need. Using a specialized drain camera, your plumber can see inside your pipes to locate any clogs or blockages. Over time, soap scum, hard water buildup, hair, cooking grease, and other contaminants can congeal on the inside of your pipes, narrowing the passage for water to flow through. If the buildup gets bad enough, your pipes can easily become blocked, resulting in drains that won’t drain properly. An inspection will enable your plumber to find the exact location of the blockage so that they can remove it. They’ll also know which pipes are most in need of drain cleaning to help things flow more smoothly.
Sewer inspections specifically target the sewer lines leading away from your home and into Raleigh’s main sewer system. These pipes are critical, as they carry away wastewater after you have used it. Because these pipes are located outside your home underneath your yard, they can often get punctured by tree roots. The underground location makes it difficult to identify sewer line leaks until they have progressed substantially, so regular inspections in this area are incredibly important. An inspection can reveal problems you didn’t even know existed so that you can have them fixed before the damage gets any worse.
What is a Plumbing Inspection? Why May You Need Leak Detection Services?
During our plumbing inspections we will perform a water pressure test, visual inspection of all water and sewer fittings, checking the condition of water and sewer lines, conducting an audit of the water heater and plumbing fixtures, and confirming the correct pressure relief valves.
Built- up grease, hair, and other dirt in your pipes will coagulate and make it difficult for wastewater to drain properly out of your home. Regular plumbing inspections bring attention to these issues before they have a chance to do any real damage to your property.
Can Plumbers Detect Pipe Leaks?
Yes, our experts at Thermo Direct are trained to discover if you have a leak in your home, and where exactly it is coming from.