Why should I get my drain inspected?

November 22, 2018

 

 

We totally understand that the idea of getting your drain inspected is probably not high on your home to-do list!

 

Most people are aware that their air conditioner, roof and gutters need annual maintenance, but many don’t know about the importance of having their drains inspected regularly.

 

Anyone who is considering purchasing an old or new house should arrange for a plumbing inspection before they decide to buy. Or if you are someone who already owns a home and has never had an inspection, you should arrange one before a minor repair turns into a major problem that costs more than what you bargained for.

 

And getting your drains looked at is pretty straightforward if you use a plumber that has speciality camera equipment – which Shaw Plumbing & Maintenance do have!

 

Below are some reasons why it’s so important to get your drains inspected and how a drain camera can help.

 

  • Determines the overall condition of your drains

 

Not many of us know how old our drain pipes are and unfortunately, they don’t last forever. You might not have any drain problems right now, but corrosion or other minor issues now can lead to leaks and breaks down the road. With a drain camera inspection, your plumber can spot these issues early on and have enough time to make the right decisions to keep your drain in good working order.

 

  • It can pinpoint the exact nature and location of a problem

 

When it comes to repairing your drain, one size does not fit all. A drain camera inspection makes it easier to find and identify the pipe culprit, allowing your plumber to use the right solution.

 

Many plumbers who don’t have access to a drain camera might try a basic cable clearing and hope for the best, rather than finding out what’s specifically wrong. When Shaw Plumbing & Maintenance inspects your drains, you can feel confident that you won’t have to call us again in another month to try and fix the same problem.

 

  • It can spot minor problems before they become major headaches

 

Plumbing is not cosmetic. If you have a leaking pipe or clogged drain, it is an issue that must be addressed before a minor repair turns into an expensive problem.

 

Tree roots growing into drain pipes is a common problem, and most people don’t realise they have this issue until it’s too late. Roots can crawl into tiny cracks and expand into the pipes, latching on to other debris and creating blockages. Often chemicals can’t kill the tree’s roots, and if left for too long, the pipe may be damaged and require excavation to fix the issue.

 

  • Helps prevent backups and blockages

 

Blockages can occur for a number of reasons, including pouring grease down your sink and flushing ‘unflushable’ products in the toilet. Over time, sand, dirt and grit can also build-up in your drain. This can be resolved by hydro jetting your pipes once a year, preventing any build-up and blockages. 

 

Having your drain inspected can help you understand how to prevent further blockages. If the pipe build-up was caused by your habits, your plumber will be able to let you know what steps you can take to prevent future issues.

 

  • You can see the evidence for yourself

 

When you’re about to spend your hard-earned money, you want proof that you’re not getting ripped off. Having a drain camera inspection allows us to provide you with a thorough report on what the issue was, so you can understand the service you’re paying for and why it’s necessary to be fixed.

 

 

If you’d like to find out more about our plumbing and drainage services, get in contact with us.

 

 

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