Home Inspection and Plumbing - Making Sure Everything Is Up to Code
By Anthony Bevilacqua
Article Word Count: 1106
When going over your plumbing system in your home there maybe various items you may not know that should be updated to current code standards that can actually save you a pretty penny in the long run and may even be healthier for your body!!!! Let's start with your Water System.
Your water main service line from your water meter to your home. This is not what many may first think of that can help save you money in your pocket and even bring cleaner water into your home. Now when I say cleaner water I don't mean your current water is dirty but more as if you have a older home and your service line is either a poly or galvanized type water pipe then its a older and aging system that can be clogged with rust or other debris and even break, leaking into your yard!!! Your water bill goes up due to the leak, your water being carried into your home is not the cleanest it can be, so your health is potentially getting less positive. Replacing this line and the branching lines into your home cleans up the mess and delivers clean, crisp water into your home. You always don't have to replace the piping inside your home if it seems older, now if you have a copper water lines in your home this is a great material and is in current standards today. With no gunk or debris in your water piping the water flows freely into your fixtures and delivers a clean glass into your cup and water bill/ repair cost back into your wallet!!!
From water piping to your water heater itself. Your water heater has a life span ranging from about 8-10 years or so. If your water heater is an older one then it is most likely using more energy then before for the aging components. As well you may or may not have an expansion tank that is required to plumbing code standards now. This helps thermal expansion of the water system and helps take stress away from the water heater. Adding or changing out an expansion tank is relatively cost-effective, upgrading your old water heater system may cost a bit more than you may think but save money in itself after installation and another way to make sure your getting the cleanest water throughout your home. Aging hot water heaters have debris and gunk built up in them over time just as another materials that contain metal and water.
Checking your aerator for debris and cleaning them out or replacing older ones that the gunk just won't seem to get out. This helps the flow of the water and keeps the water clean as well. The is little cost involved in replacing these or cleaning them. Your aerator for those of you if you don't know is the tip of the faucet that screws on and off the fixture itself.
Let's take a step back on the water pipe material. Does your home have old galvanized water piping or even quest plastic water piping? If so then you are due for a code upgrade to the standards of 2014 with Copper or Wirsbo pex piping. There are a few other materials that you may use out there for your water piping system but us here at Acqua Plumbing like to mainly use these two types of materials. We wouldn't offer you a lifetime warranty on whole home repipes if we didn't trust these materials! Another way for a great plumbing system code upgrade and with a lifetime warranty as long as you or your family members own your home with Acqua Plumbing here to help!
Replacing aging gate or shutoff valves on your water system. Code calls for 1/4 turn balls is recommended where needed. Aging gate valves cause water to leak out of thr unit itself and or through the unit into the water system when it should be fully closed. Replacing these will save water, your wallet on water bills, and the environment.
Your DWV system. What is your DWV system you ask? Well it stands for Drain, waste, venting. This is your plumbing or drain pipes that convey your waste and grey water. Old homes have cast iron and galvanized piping to convey these waters but are an aging materials and need to be removed. The waters that travel in these wear the materials down and cause breaks, cracks, and holes in your piping. Thus waste debris and waters end up in your home causing a mess, money for repairs, and clean up. Getting these old piping removed and replace with new PVC or ABS plastics piping is the best route.
Along side with having your old DWV piping replaced you should also look if your DWV system has enough clean-outs. Many runs along your waste piping should have clean-outs every so often for those stubborn clogs. Now if you have a new system or replaced the old one you wouldn't have clogs right? Wrong, soft clogs of napkins, toilet paper, all kinds of things somehow still may enter your system from persons mistakenly putting the wrong item down the drain. Clean-outs help remove these clogs by having accessibility to enter the DWV system at the closest point to attack the clog and without having to remove plumbing fixtures or cut out piping to enter the system. Most if not any fixture should have a clean-out near the item somewhere on the branch line itself. Older system may not have many or some at all where they need to be and new systems plumbers may have not installed them where they should be and you should check for these. Check out this site for great DIYers tips and some code upgrade ideas here.
Your sewer line should be a must on any code upgrades. Sewer repairs can be costly and may not seem the greats item to replace but you don't want sewer going all over your yard or in your home. Your sewer line to be a home or even to be to code needs a outside clean-out installed preferably a two way clean out to to access inside the home and the outside remaining sewer line for inspections and drain clearing. This can be relatively low cost to install a clean-out not a huge ticket item, but is a must. Most older sewer systems are concrete, clay, orangeburge, or partially cast iron piping. These only have a rough 50 year lifespan and usually no clean-outs installed outside of the home for inspections. This code upgrade is a must do.
If you live in the Seattle-Tacoma area and need plumbing, sewer, or drain cleaning services we are offering 15% off any service work performed over $250 dollars or more with this code TB152014