Taking Photos of your Plumbing: Not a Crazy Idea

12/03/16 11:35 AM

PipesRemember when taking photos was something you did on special occasions like birthdays, vacations, or weddings? Now, we’re taking photos of our food, ourselves, casual friends, and, yeah, sometimes the big occasion.

So why break out the cell phone or even the real camera for your plumbing pipes? This is one of those things that you aren’t going to do for yourself today. Pictures of plumbing are useful to a future version of you, when there are problems and you need to know what’s behind the walls before you can stop a plumbing leak or relocate a plumbing fixture. Your future self will thank you for saving time and money. You just have to trust this advice today, when you doubt you’ll ever need it.

Truth is, you may never have a water leak in your home. You may never want to move a bathroom sink or convert an unused tub into a luxuriously big shower. However, for the cost of about five minutes and no money, you can record the location and configuration of your water pipes before the drywall covers them up.

Of course, you can’t photograph your home plumbing system while it’s behind a wall. This advice is for when you’re working on your home and have the walls open. If you’re building new or remodeling, you’ll have a chance to see your pipes and learn where they are. You won’t remember how these plumbing pipes look or even where they are but, if you want to tear down a wall in the future, it’d be good to know if you’ll be spending the money to relocate pipes, too. It’s expensive to tear down a wall, find out that you don’t have enough money to move pipes, and then put it all back together again.

There’s no real need to be fancy about your photos. Just point the camera at the wall and shoot. Use a flash if it’s dark so you can see the detail of hot and cold pipes, drainage pipes, and ventilation pipes.

Still not convinced because you think it’s a plumber’s job to know everything there is to know about plumbing or that you have the original blueprints for your home? Well, a professional plumber is experienced and knowledgeable but never psychic. Unless we put in the system, we don’t know the details—including the last minute changes that the blueprints didn’t specify—and saving the plumber some work means paying less for his time!

So, take the advice of someone who likes to keep the water flowing while avoiding problems. Take photos of your plumbing system if you can and then store the files somewhere for the future you. And call Classic Plumbing by Reno at 860-748-7305 if you want help should a leak happen or you want to remodel.

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