While any time is a good time for a whole-house plumbing inspection, this time of year is ideal, especially if your household is preparing to return to your school-year routines.

One such time-honored tradition is your own personal morning rush hour, that time when everybody’s trying to shower and get ready for work and school at pretty much the same time. Tensions can be high and, if the demands on your water heater have grown over the past year, your hot water supply may be lower than what you need to appease the masses.

And while inspecting your water heater for safety and operational integrity is only one small part of our whole-house plumbing inspection, we can’t think of one that’s more important, especially if yours is a gas water heater.

Consider the following, and you’ll understand why:

  • The average lifespan of a water heater is 10 – 12 years.
  • Over time, parts start to wear and, depending on the quality of your home water supply, internal components, including the storage tank linking, can gradually corrode.
  • Corrosion, in turn (along with other factors, such as improper venting), can cause a water heater to develop cracks and leaks that could allow gas and carbon monoxide to escape into your home living environment.
  • When that occurs, disaster could be lurking right around the corner.

So yes, back to school time is the perfect time for a whole-house plumbing inspection from Budget, since we will thoroughly check your water heater to see if it can meet your periods of peak demand while ensuring your family’s safety.

Here are several other steps included in our plumbing inspection:

Faucets, Sinks, Drains, and Garbage Disposers – all tested to ensure faucets are running freely and that there are no drain obstruction

Tubs, Showers and Toilets – shower heads should be running freely and without leak; we also check to ensure proper flushing and re-filling of your toilets and that they’re properly mounted and sealed

Washing Machine and Dishwasher – hoses are checked for leaks, especially those that are concealed from your everyday view

Sump Pump – if you have a sump pump, we’ll turn it on, and pour a small amount of water in the pit to see if it’s draining properly

We also check water pressure throughout your house, because if it’s too high or too low, problems can result, and with problems come unwanted repair bills.

Has it been a year or more since your last whole-house plumbing inspection? Then contact Budget Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing today to schedule service. You’ll receive a guaranteed upfront price, and added peace of mind from knowing exactly what’s going on with your household plumbing.