If you opt for an annual service of your home's plumbing system, then you can often save money in the long run. This is because a professional plumber will be able to spot any potential weak spots in the system at a stage before they create difficulties. If you only rely on your local plumbing services company when you have a problem, then you could end up having to make a big claim on your home insurance policy. This might mean you need to fork out for a large excess as well as more expensive premiums down the line. On the other hand, a preventative maintenance inspection from a plumber may result in just one or two minor repairs that stop worse problems from occurring in the future. What should you expect from an annual service?
Water Pressure Regulation
One of the first things that a plumber from a plumbing service will do when they inspect a domestic system is to check the water pressure that is coming in from the mains supply. This needs to be regulated carefully. If not, then the water pressure may build up, which can cause the weakest joints in your plumbing system to drip or even burst. Of course, the water pressure in your area will change from time to time. Therefore, it is a balancing act between allowing sufficient water to flow through without putting the system under too much pressure, so you need a skilled professional to do this for you.
Another important job that will be undertaken for you is to ensure that all of your drainage system is functioning correctly. Over the course of the average Australian autumn, soakaways and drains can become clogged up with old and rotting leaves. If you also have fat and other material in your drains, then you could even end up with a partial sewage blockage. This is an unpleasant job to sort out, to say the least. As such, your plumber should make sure your drains are functioning correctly so that they do not need to be rodded in the event of a full blockage.
Central Heating Inspection
Your central heating system is another part of your home's plumbing network which will be checked during an annual service. Separate from your cold water system, your central heating network is a sealed unit. As well as making sure that the boiler is burning correctly, all of your radiators and pipes should be checked to make sure that no air is trapped inside which can cause your heating to work inefficiently.