Almost any product you use throughout your life will need some sort of regular maintenance, whether it’s as big as a car or as small as a coffee maker, and your plumbing system is no different. If you want to ensure you won’t run into unexpected plumbing issues—or you at least want to mitigate the chance of an emergency—then having a routine plumbing inspection is a must.

If you’re not sure why plumbing inspections are important, or if you’re already thinking about getting a plumbing inspection but aren’t sure where to start, that’s okay. In this article, I’ll touch base on:

  • The importance of routine plumbing inspections
  • What to expect from a plumbing inspection
  • How to set up a plumbing inspection

Why Should You Get a Plumbing Inspection?

Although a plumbing inspection may not be high on your home maintenance to-do list, having a professional plumber regularly inspect your system can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Finding a plumbing issue during an inspection is certainly preferable to coming home to a flooded basement or turning on the shower only to discover that your water heater is not working.

A routine plumbing inspection can alert you to a potential issue that can be addressed before it becomes a catastrophe.

Some of the most common plumbing problems go unnoticed or ignored until there is a bigger issue. Professional plumbers are here not just for emergencies but also to help you maintain the health and efficiency of your pipes, faucets, and fixtures. If you experience the following common symptoms, consulting a plumber is likely the easiest way to resolving the issue:

  • Faucets are not working like they should
  • Water bill increases drastically
  • Hot water does not last as long as it used to

What is Included in a Plumbing Inspection?

plumber with tool bag

A plumbing inspection is a comprehensive examination of your plumbing system components. Your plumber should check the following items:

  • Faucets
  • Toilets
  • Showers and tubs
  • Supply lines
  • Drains
  • Piping
  • Garbage disposal lines and unit
  • Dishwasher
  • Water heater
  • Washing machine hoses and lines

Anything that touches or drains water should be inspected. Your plumbing technician will check the components of your plumbing system for leaks, drainage problems, corrosion, cracks, clogs, and other issues. They may also drain and flush your water heater.

Hire a Plumber for Your Plumbing Inspection

When choosing a plumber, it is important to hire a knowledgeable, reputable company. That’s why Best Pick Reports conducts research on home service companies and verifies that they possess relevant licenses and insurance.

If you need to hire a plumber, Best Pick Reports can help. Contact one of our Best Pick plumbing companies and ask for a routine plumbing inspection, or ask to sign up for a maintenance plan, if they have one. Many plumbing companies offer membership plans or service contracts that include annual plumbing inspections.

Point out any issues you’ve noticed when the technician arrives, and then let them get to it. Make sure to give them space and time to do their work, and save any questions about properly maintaining your plumbing system for the end.

What to Do After Your Plumbing Inspection

couple talking to plumber about plumbing issue

Once the inspection is complete, the technician will provide you with a summary of their findings, such as any small leaks that were fixed on the spot or a recommendation for a new water heater due to age and inefficiency. Discuss repair and replacement options with your plumber and ask how urgent any issues are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions—these technicians are experts, and they are there to help.

If any big issues were found or if you plan on upgrading any equipment, be prepared to schedule a time for the technician to come back. You’ll want to know if the repairs or replacements need to be addressed tomorrow or in a few weeks or months.

Even if the plumbing inspection doesn’t reveal any critical issues, it can help you decide on when to upgrade some plumbing equipment, like your toilets and hot water heater. New advancements in plumbing technology can save you money on your water bill. Even installing new faucets and showerheads can help. Low-flow fixtures are an attractive upgrade option for homeowners who are both environmentally and budget conscious. Ask your plumber about the latest energy-efficient options.

Keep in mind that even though you’ve had a plumbing inspection now, other plumbing issues could come up before your next inspection. Pay attention to the performance of your faucets and fixtures and if you notice any issues, call your plumber. And, most importantly, be sure to keep up with routine plumbing maintenance by having your plumber come out at least once a year to inspect your system.