Myrtle Beach plumbers believe that prevention is the key to efficient pipes and drains in a home. This is why lots of preventive measures and inspection strategies are included in many of their maintenance guidelines. In addition to the drainage and pipes system, homeowners should also take care of the other major systems in their homes including the electric system. This will ensure that the entire home is running smoothly.
Maintaining all the major systems in a home takes a lot of time from the homeowner especially since there are lots of different preventive measures and maintenance tasks including overall inspection that they need to consider and implement. To help you with this, here is an easy checklist that you can use when inspecting your plumbing system.
You should know that the primary purpose of an inspection is to check whether the system is in good condition or not. It also helps homeowners to find problems in the system before they become severe, cause more damage or affect other parts of the system. One important thing to keep in mind during the inspection is that aside from the toilets, bath tubs, sinks and showers, you also need to look at the laundry facilities, utility sinks and the drainage as these are also parts of the system.
Check for signs of leaks particularly in exposed pipes. Make sure you look at the pipes that run through walls as well as through the foundation of your home. You should be looking for puddles of water under or below the pipes. Watermarks are also a sign of leaks that you should be looking for.
Check for corrosion. Corroded pipes cause leaks and disconnection of pipes if not resolved as soon as possible. Thus, it is important that you include this in your inspection routine. If you have brass and copper fittings, you will know they are corroded if they have green stains around them. For old steel pipes, however, it will have orange stain when corroded.
Test your water pressure to know if there is clogging in the system or a problem in the water line. You can tell whether you have the right water pressure or not by looking at the force of the water when it comes out of your sinks, faucets and showerheads. Call your local plumber if you notice there is low water pressure anywhere in the house.
Look for accumulated water sediments in the system. Water has sediments that can accumulate anywhere in the system if not removed or cleaned at once. Most often, water sediments collect in the showerhead so this is where you should probably begin. Note that sediment accumulation is a sign of low water pressure.
Test speed of drainage. There are several drainages throughout the system. You need to check how fast or slow water comes through each drainage. Keep in mind that when water drains slowly, it could mean the drain or vent pipe is clogged. Normal drains show a full swirl when water us draining. If you see bubbles or gear gurgling sounds when water is draining, it means there is a problem in the system.
Look inside the toilets. You want to make sure each of your toilets are flushing properly. To ensure this, you need to look inside the toilets and check for any rusted, missing or broken parts inside. Also, the toilet water should not continue to run even after flushing.
Look for signs if damage and wear and tear in tiles. These include cracked, loose or hollow tiles. These should be replaced as soon as possible as they mean there is a leak in the system. If not resolved at once, the leak caused by damaged tiles will allow rotting to develop under or behind the tile.
For more professional plumbing advice, call MBHS Plumbing today.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577