DIY Plumbing System Maintenance
Regular plumbing maintenance is very important, especially if you want to use your service agreement coverage when a repair or replacement is needed. With proper inspection, testing and preparation, you can prolong the life of your plumbing systems and prevent a minor problem from becoming an expensive mess.
Take the time to assess the function and the condition of specific plumbing systems to catch small issues in their infancies.
- Check faucets and fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen for leaks or drips
- Inspect your outside faucets for leaks, since they can crack under the pressure of freezing temperatures.
- Watch for yellow, orange or green stains on water pipes, since this can indicate corrosion.
- Check your walls and ceilings for yellow or brown water stains, which can indicate unseen pipe leakage.
- Inspect your pipes to see if you can smell mildew or mold.
- Check your water heater for rust.
- Inspect your toilet tank to see if it contains corrosion or broken parts.
- Make sure your washing machine hoses do not have cracks.
- Look beneath kitchen and bathroom sinks to see if the pipes are dripping.
Because certain plumbing problems are not visible, you will need to test the system to see if any problems exist.
- Conduct physical tests on your faucet handles by turning them back and forth.
- Check your showers and sinks to see if they are draining slower than they should.
- Watch and listen for proper toilet flushing consistency and speed.
- Check the caulking around sinks, toilet bases, bath tubs and shower doors. Replace cracked or missing caulk where needed.
- Run your garbage disposal to make sure it is functioning properly.
As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By taking the following steps, you can sidestep expensive plumbing problems in the future.
- Flush your water heater to eliminate sediment buildup which reduces efficiency, promotes corrosion and shortens the life of your water heater.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum performance.
- Remove your garden hose during the winter, since cold weather promotes cracking.
- Clean out the p-traps beneath your sinks to prevent clogs.
- Wash out your shower heads and faucet aerators.
- Insulate pipes in the crawl space, basement, garage and any other unheated areas.
- Remove debris from downspouts and gutters to promote better drainage.
- Clean sump pumps and inspect for necessary repairs before cold winter weather.
- Protect indoor pipes from freezing by allowing them to run or drip from each valve in your home at regular intervals.
Don’t Procrastinate on Plumbing Repairs
Because water can be especially damaging to a home, it’s important to take even minor plumbing problems very seriously. If you procrastinate on a repair, you can end up with extensive repair costs related to rot and mold. You could also inadvertently void your service agreement and the savings that come along with it. To avoid these problems, be sure to properly maintain your plumbing systems and schedule repairs as soon as you notice a problem.
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