Plumbing Maintenance – There are many actions you can take to both prevent minor plumbing annoyances and to avoid a major plumbing disaster. Plumbing is one of those things most people take for granted! Just like a car, some people only think about maintenance when they’re in the shop. You don’t want to leave plumbing up to chance!
Here is a handy check-list of items to pay attention to:
- Check your boiler (flame, signs of wear, smoke marks or stains on the outer casing) Have it serviced regularly
- Flush out your water heater – this will remove sediment build up and increase the life of your boiler
- Check that faucets and toilets are not leaking
- If you find a leak, check for mold and mildew
- Check for cracks, fissures and corrosion on pipes
- Make sure water is draining properly from toilets, sinks, drains and appliances
- Learn how to prevent a frozen pipe and insulate pipes before the winter
- If you do have frozen pipes learn how to thaw it
- Check your sump pump or backwater valve, they generally do not have long lifespans, are relatively inexpensive and are important in preventing basement floods
- Make sure to only dispose of proper foods down the garbage disposal
- Also keep an eye on your water bill, if the bill suddenly goes up you might have an unidentified leak
- Check for loose tiles around water pipes, sinks and in the shower. Loose tiles could indicate a leak or that the wall is rotting underneath.
- Double check the caulking around the tub and toilet
- Make sure there are no cracks or leaks in the washing machine hoses.
Prevention is important year-round but it becomes even more critical before the winter. Common plumbing problems can sometimes escalate into big emergencies. So, having your plumber perform a thorough check up once a year can help save you money in the long run.
If you’re uncertain about any items on our checklist and need us to inspect your home, give us a call!
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– DrainWorks team