Like other major systems in your home, you need to ensure your plumbing system is well maintained in order to avoid costly repairs and severe damages which often take days or even weeks to be resolved. It is important that you ensure your pipes work effectively to keep your home running smoothly.
An important aspect of maintaining your pipes and water supply system is being able to identify potential problems before they develop into severely damaging issues. You also need to be able to learn how to fix minor problems as soon as you notice them prevent them from causing major damages to the entire system.
One of the keys to effective maintenance of your water supply system is identifying all parts of the system. Aside from pipes, toilet fixtures, sinks, bathtubs and showers, the system also includes your laundry facilities and all the drains in your home. Knowing where each part is located will help you to easily conduct an inspection and maintenance of the system.
Below is a checklist that you can use when performing plumbing inspection and maintenance.
- Check for signs of leaks such as water stains, watermarks, and puddles of water near or below the area where your pipes are located. Note that your pipes may not only be found on the ground near the foundation of your home. They can also be installed on your walls.
- Look for the presence of green stains around brass and copper fittings and yellow or orange stains on steel pipes. These are signs of corrosion and you want to resolve this at once as these can quickly lead to leak problems and bad pipe connections. Have a professional look into this at once for an immediate fix. According to MBHS Plumbing, corrosion is not uncommon to many households and can be resolved quickly, especially if detected earlier.
- Check for sufficient and continuous water flow, particularly in your faucets and showerheads. If the water flows continuously with just enough force, it means that there are no problems with your water line. Otherwise, you might have to have your plumber check on your water lines for sediment buildup and clogs.
- Test the speed of your drainage in all your sinks, showers and tubs. If it drains slowly, you might have a clogged drain or blocked vent pipe. You should also look for signs of bubbles and gurgling sounds as these may be signs of problems as well.
- Look inside your toilet tank to check the parts and whether or not it is flushing properly. Check for signs of rusting and damages on the parts. You will need to replace the damaged parts as soon as possible to prevent more severe problems. You also want to check any signs of leaks after you have flushed. This may either be continuous running of the water in the tank after flushing or presence of puddles of water around your toilet.
- Check for cracked tiles or loose caulking in the shower and sinks. Note that these may be signs of rotting or mildew formation caused by leaks in your pipes and plumbing systems.
- Turn on each faucet throughout your house, including those that are installed in your lawn and garage. While it is switched on, check for signs of leaks and water coming out of the handles and valves. Have your plumber check your water lines and seal any leaks.
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