Plumbing Checklist for Your Home
If you are
facing the task of caring for your home’s plumbing, then you should
know that there are some basic needs you must
cover in order to have a complete and functional plumbing system, as
well as to keep your plumbing in tip top shape for years to come.
Here is a top nine plumbing checklist for your home:
Sediment build-up in your showerheads can lower your water
pressure. Fortunately, it is
easy to remove shower heads and soak them in a calcium/lime/rust agent
to remove impeding sediment.
Leaks. Leaks are fairly easy to
identify, but they might be caused by a number of different culprits.
It is a good idea to keep on a regular lookout for leaks, so that
you can prevent small problems from growing into larger problems.
To find leaks, simply look for wet spots in the walls and
ceilings, and puddles on the floor.
taps. Tighten all of your taps as
much as you can and make sure you don’t have any water leaking out of
Mildew. This problem is a health
hazard, and is often the result of a puddle of standing water that has
dried up. Standing water may
be indicative of a leak, so watch for mildew.
Drainage. Water should drain fast
enough that it swirls around when going down.
Watch for the swirl, and listen for bubbling, to ascertain
whether or not your drains are getting clogged.
Corrosion. Not only can corrosion
contaminate your water, but it can also break down your plumbing pipes
at the joints and fittings, leading to major problems and costs.
Signs of corrosion include green stains around shutoff valves and
fittings (or orange/yellow stains, if you have old steel pipes).
Caulk. It is easy to see when
caulking around a sink, tub, or toilet is coming off.
Maintain the caulking to prevent leaks.
Test all of your water faucets for relatively high water pressure
(as compared to the rest of the house).
Low water pressure can mean sediment build-up, or even water line
Check to see that the toilet handle is tight enough, and that
water does not continue to run long after you have flushed the toilet.