Understanding Plumbing Basics
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Understanding Plumbing Basics

As a new homeowner, I can tell you that things aren't always as simple as they appear. I started thinking about it a few years ago, and I realized that there were some serious problems with our plumbing system. We had issues with drains working correctly and toilets flushing like they should, so I started focusing more heavily on understanding the basics of our plumbing system. Within a few short months the entire system was operating more fluidly because of a few changes that I made, so I wanted to create a blog all about my journey. Check out these articles to learn more about the plumbing basics.


Understanding Plumbing Basics

3 Things To Know About Plumbing Inspections

Jorge Alexander

If you own a business, you understand the importance of maintaining the plumbing in your building. Proper maintenance means that you and your employees have access to running water. Regular maintenance also reduces the chances of plumbing disasters, such as clogged drains, water leaks, and backed-up toilets. Besides plumbing maintenance, one more thing you can do to prevent plumbing disasters is a routine commercial plumbing inspection.

Before calling a commercial plumbing contractor, here are three things you should know about plumbing inspections.

1. Know How Often to Get a Plumbing Inspection

Commercial building owners should get their plumbing inspected just after buying a building. They should also consider getting an inspection after installing new plumbing. This will ensure the plumbing was installed correctly. How often you get your plumbing inspected depends upon the type of business you own.

If you own a business in which running water is in constant use, you may want to get your plumbing inspected more frequently. You may also want more frequent inspections if your commercial building is fairly old. For most businesses, having your plumbing inspected on an annual basis should be sufficient.

2. Know About the Different Types of Plumbing Inspections

When it comes to plumbing inspections, you can either get a visual inspection or a camera inspection. During a visual inspection, a commercial plumber will look over all of your plumbing. This includes the sinks, toilets, and water shut-off valves. The plumber will also make sure the drains are working correctly and the water pressure is normal. The normal water pressure in a commercial building ranges from 40 to 80 psi.

With a camera inspection, a commercial plumbing contractor can get a good idea of what is happening inside the pipes. Besides inspecting the pipes, a camera inspection also checks parts of the plumbing system that are hidden from view. This might include pipes that are located behind the walls or underground.

Camera inspections are more thorough and can detect blockages and collapsed pipes. A camera inspection will also be able to inform the plumber whether the pipes pose a health hazard. If your building is experiencing any pluming problems, a camera inspection will be able to find the source of the problem.

3. Know the Cost of Plumbing Inspections

The cost for a plumbing inspection depends on the following factors:

  • Type of inspection
  • Location
  • Whether it's part of a building inspection
  • Whether the sewer line is being inspected

On average, the cost for a plumbing inspection ranges from $150 to $500.