Home maintenance is a constant effort for most homeowners. It is important to make sure that your house is functional with all aspects working in the manner they should be for example your home plumbing system. You should make sure that all your pipes, drains, water appliances, taps, sinks, showers and bathtubs are in good working condition. It is advisable to have all of them checked in a yearly or bi-annually schedule.
While it is important that you hire a team of plumbing experts to complete these maintenance jobs, it also important to complete your own thorough inspections. Being able to realise and plumbing problems in advance will save you time and money. To help you, here is a simple checklist to follow:
Check Water Pressure
Water pressure is the force of the water that comes out of your taps and showers. This can be determined through the PSI meter installed in your plumbing system. Take note that too much pressure shortens the lifespan of your plumbing fixtures. On the other hand, low pressure may indicate that there is a build up of sediments on your pipes or fixtures, or there is a leak on the water line.
Look for Signs of Leaks
Check all the exposed pipes in and around your home to find any signs of water or sewage leakage. Pay attention to small types of leaks that are difficult to detect. Small cracks or holes aren’t easily noticeable until the problem has escalated. Also, you should check for water damage on walls or other surfaces where pipes are present. Discolouration or moisture could be signs that your pipes may be leaking.
Look for Signs of Corrosion
Corrosion is one of the main culprits of water leaks and bad pipe connections. If you are using metal pipes, make sure to inspect them properly. Green stains are signs of corrosion on brass and copper while orange stains are on steel fittings. If severe corrosion is present, make sure to do the necessary replacement to avoid complicated and costly damages in the future.
Check All Drains
Fill every sink, shower or tub drain in your home with water and watch the speed of the water draining. Do the same thing on your toilets. If you notice slow drainage, this is a sign of a partial clog or your vent pipe is blocked. Consider hiring an emergency plumber if you see problems that needs to be fixed right away.
Inspect All Plumbing Fixtures
Go all over your house and check all taps, showerheads, knobs and valves are functional and there are no leaks. Wipe all surfaces around these fixtures dry and check for signs of water after an hour or so. If you notice dry areas getting wet, there is a possibility that leaks are present.
You should also inspect your washing machine, dishwasher or any appliances connected to your water lines. Make sure that the hoses have no signs of damages or leaks. You should also see to it that proper installation is followed as instructed on their respective user’s manuals.
After all the inspection is done, list down the problems that you have discovered. You can provide the list to your plumbing maintenance to have them checked. Remember it is better to discover the problems on your plumbing system early to avoid it from becoming worse – which can save time and money in the long run. So, take a couple minutes to check your home plumbing today!