Preventative Maintenance: How Regular Rooter Checks Can Save You Money

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When it comes to any home plumbing, maintenance is essential to keeping everything running smoothly and preventing major repairs from sneaking up on you down the line. Having a regular maintenance schedule can assist with identifying plumbing problems early on, improve water and energy efficiency, and extend the life of your system. This is true with any area of plumbing, including drains.

Regular plumbing maintenance for drains and sewer lines can involve both DIY and professional work. There are a variety of ways you can maintain your sewer system yourself, and it is always good practice to keep in mind healthy tactics that will help you maintain your drain system. Upkeep and check-ups from professional plumbers are important as well, so you know your plumbing system is getting a comprehensive inspection and you can maintain things like good water pressure. It is much like a health check-up, to make sure everything is working correctly and that there are no troubling early signs that go unnoticed. This includes appliances such as your water heater, sump pump, and more. In this article, we will highlight how preventive maintenance and regular checks by professional rooter plumbing services can prevent major plumbing issues.

What is Regular Plumbing Maintenance?

Home plumbing maintenance involves a variety of plumbing services and checks that help to examine and maintain different aspects of your plumbing. This includes regular inspections that will involve running thorough assessments on various parts of the plumbing system; preventive maintenance that can take care of growing plumbing problems such as drain build-up or anode rod corrosion in water heaters; emergency repairs to quickly solve any growing issues before they cause irreparable damage; and providing advice to homeowners on how they can continue to maintain their plumbing fixtures.

The biggest areas of plumbing to maintain are sewer systems, pipes and drains, water heaters, faucets, and toilets. These are the places that can become blocked up, start leaking, or be susceptible to corrosion. Things like water softeners can also help you maintain healthier water quality in your plumbing system.

DIY Plumbing System Maintenance

So what are the steps you can take on your own in order to provide regular plumbing maintenance to your systems?

  • Always check for leaks coming from any of your fixtures. Leaking pipes or fixtures can lead to mold and water damage to your home if left unchecked, and they can also result in massive water loss over time.
  • Allow warm water flow every now and then through your pipes to prevent frozen pipes. Open cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Insulate pipes in attics, basements, and crawl spaces so that you don’t have burst pipes.
  • Keep drains as clean as possible by keeping things like food, grease, and paper products out, and always run the water and garbage disposal on after doing the dishes. Use a natural cleaner, such as a baking soda and vinegar solution with hot water, that can wash out your drains and dissipate any minor clogs without the risk of damage caused by harsh drain cleaning chemicals.
  • Check the pressure relief valve on your water heater to make sure it is working as it should. A faulty relief valve can result in too much pressure within the tank, causing multiple dangers. It is also advised to flush out your water tank regularly to prevent sediment buildup and help with water pressure and health.

Plumbing Emergency? Call a Local Plumber

You should get in contact with professional plumbers for immediate plumbing services as soon as you can if you are experiencing any of the following plumbing issues:

  • Regularly reappearing clogs, or clogged drains that won’t unclog with regular drain cleaning
  • Issues with the water pressure in any fixtures, such as showers and sinks
  • If there is any visible damage, such as rusted, cracked, or burst pipes
  • If there are any parts or appliances that need to be replaced due to age or damage

Professional plumbers can schedule monthly, seasonal, or annual inspections of your plumbing system. From these plumbing maintenance inspections, you can have early problem detection, improved water efficiency, and an extended lifespan for your system. Apart from routine maintenance, they can assist with emergency services, such as replacing fixtures in the plumbing system.

Rooter Maintenance

Rooter plumbing services are crucial to preventing plumbing emergencies and costly repairs. What is involved with rooter maintenance services? Video inspections, drain clearing and cleaning, and sewer system repair and replacement if needed are among the most common aspects. Rooting is the process of removing roots from pipes where they have grown and created a blockage. It is vital to take a proactive approach to prevent this from happening and to get the plumbing issue remedied as soon as possible if it does happen. Tree roots not only cause major clogging issues, but they also leave holes in your pipes from where they entered the drain, requiring immediate repair before the problem grows worse and leads to something as severe as collapsed sewer lines.

In order to avoid these big plumbing issues, there are several steps that rooter professionals can take when you call for drain and rooter plumbing services.

Video Inspections

Sewer camera inspections of the drain pipe give plumbers an exact picture of what is going on in the drain and can help them see if there are any obvious plumbing emergencies, repairs that need to be made, or clogs that are building up. They can do this by using a high-tech camera mounted on a cable that resembles a drain snake, which is inserted into the drain and can show them all along the pipe. These regular inspections are an important step in regular rooter maintenance since they show the plumbers clearly if there is any damage that is growing, the size of it, and therefore what the best route is to go about fixing it.

Rooter Machines

If there is a clutter of roots in the drain, licensed plumbers use tools such as rooter machines in order to break apart the blockage and clean the drain of your plumbing system at the same time. The rooter machine is a mechanically powered cable with blades attached that spin rapidly and break apart the tough collection of roots within the drain, scraping debris from the sides of the pipe as well, giving the drain a thorough cleaning from other debris.


A common solution for regular maintenance on drains is hydrojetting, which also breaks apart clogs while cleaning the sides of the pipe from hardened debris. It also utilizes a long cable that is inserted into the drain; only this one is able to project a strong blast of water that will break apart clogs and thoroughly cleanse the drain so that there will be no continued build-up for some time.

Pipe/Sewer Repair and Replacement

Oftentimes, a vital part of rooter plumbing services will involve sewer line repair or replacement. Because the roots do so much damage to the pipes, you will most likely need to repair or replace a section of piping where the roots broke through. This can be remedied oftentimes with trenchless sewer repair, where a hole is made on either side of the pipe, and then the brand new pipe or pipe lining is slid through to replace the damaged pipe, requiring no complicated excavation process. But when major repairs are needed due to pipes sagging or collapsing, traditional sewer line replacement will have to be completed.

Benefits of Rooter Maintenance to Plumbing Systems

Luckily, a big project like sewer line replacement can be avoided with regular maintenance. Even something as simple as a slow drain can lead to plumbing disasters. To avoid having to call emergency plumbing services for your drains, performing regular plumbing maintenance on your own as well as calling in for professional plumbing maintenance is essential to your home’s plumbing system. You should try to clear any clogs the moment you notice them, be mindful about what goes down all of your drains, and always run the water before, during, and after using the garbage disposal. It is good to check outdoor faucets, showers, sinks, or any other plumbing fixture for leaks about once a week. Annually or seasonally, it is best to have professional services perform plumbing inspections in order to guarantee that nothing is out of place in the sewer system, you don’t have any clogged drains, no corroded pipes, and so on.

Making sure your sewer lines are operating as they should can save homeowners the trouble of things like major health risks that can result from a dysfunctional sewer system or dangerous sewage backups that can lead to mold growth and toxic matter being spread through the house. The advanced techniques that skilled technicians use to prevent major problems with your home’s plumbing system can also increase your home’s value when it is time to sell. The home can be a lot more attractive to prospective buyers if all the plumbing systems are in great shape and not in any danger of plumbing emergencies.

Avoiding Major Repairs Through Proper Maintenance

Overall, regular maintenance and plumbing services for any utility in your home can prevent both major and minor issues from turning into plumbing disasters, from sink drains to water heaters. Having a proactive approach to home maintenance can save money on costly repairs and expensive water bills, as well as give you peace of mind when using your plumbing system throughout your daily life, knowing a professional plumber has checked for things like pipe corrosion, leaky faucets, or properly running toilets, making sure you aren’t unnecessarily overpaying on your water bills and that there is not active damage being done to your house and plumbing system.

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