Eco Benefits of Having your Plumbing Inspected, Serviced and Repaired

Regular inspections of your home's plumbing system can mean that you save money as well as reducing your impact on the environment over time. Inspections and services are offered by many plumbing companies who will then recommend any remedial works or repairs that are needed. You can find registered, qualified plumbers throughout the UK including those serving Aberdeen, Newcastle and Wrexham.

By focusing on your plumbing, your attention will be drawn to two key factors. Firstly, how much water you are using and, secondly, the carbon cost of heating your water supply. Remember that domestic water supply has an ecological cost even when it arrives in your home unheated. This is due to the energy costs in purifying the water so that it can be drunk safely, as well as some energy cost that is associated with distribution - for example, the material and energy costs of pipework. Once it is in your home, water supply has little ecological impact until it is heated, a major part of most buildings' plumbing system. Finally, a third ecological impact must be considered. This is because water is used to flush away waste which, again, takes energy to treat properly. All sewage processing facilities use lots of fresh water, an eco consideration in itself.

By opting for a preventative maintenance regime of inspection of the plumbing system of your home or company premises, you can catch problems before they occur. One of the most important parts of most domestic insurance policies is the amount of excess you might need to pay due to water damage. The same goes for many types of business insurance. This does not simply mean inspecting the roof for water ingress, but looking closely at potential problems with burst pipes. Freezing conditions outside rarely mean that underground pipes are subject to bursting, but internal pipes which are exposed to freezing conditions gradually suffer from fatigue. Over extended periods of time, this can mean that joins in particular are susceptible to damage. In some cases, a cold spell will result in a pipe bursting and water flowing inside a property. All too often, the problem occurs overnight or when you are out and damage to flooring systems, such as carpets and wooden floors, can be extensive. Usually, burst pipes which spray water on the ground floor of a dwelling also cause problems with skirting boards and walls. If water escapes from an upper floor or the loft of a home, then ceilings can be ruined, causing water damage to anything that might be beneath.

Dealing with the burst pipe reactively, becomes just the first step in the subsequent chain of events. Once the damage has been contained, an insurance claim usually ensues. Although the full cost of replacing items is commonly covered, subject to whatever excess you might have, new products need to be bought. This might include other services, too, like newly skimmed walls to counter problems of damp. All the repair work to floors and walls comes with an attended carbon cost, with much of the damaged material simply going to landfill. Likewise, replacement beds, furniture and electrical goods all have an impact on the environment as more resources are used up when new ones are bought. So much better for the planet to deal with potential burst pipes before they occur.

When an inspection is made of your plumbing, it should also include your central heating system. Although the water in these systems is usually closed, many combi-boilers also heat water for baths and washing up. A thorough inspection of your plumbing should also include an assessment of how energy efficient your boiler is. Sometimes, older boilers and hot water storage tanks can use a significant amount more energy to heat water and to keep a central heating systems running when compared to newer products - well worth checking out for your carbon footprint as well as your energy bills. Often, a simple bleed of your radiators can make your heating work much more efficiently, too, so an inspection need not end up with a costly measure, like fitting a new boiler.