Plumbing Maintenance Tips: A Homeowner’s Checklist

 

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Taking a few steps for plumbing maintenance can save you from all sorts of future headaches. If you want to ensure the water in your home runs clear and free- where it should be going- use the following as a checklist to maintain your plumbing system.

Kitchen

Do a spot check of dishes and cups after you run a load in the dishwasher. Are they still dirty or do you now see spots? When a similar issue isn’t happening with your laundry, consider first using a different detergent. If it persists, you may have hard water and need a water softener installed.

If your dishwasher and disposal are connected, a broken hose can also lead to food remaining on washed plates.

The kitchen sink can be a major culprit for leaks either at the faucet or adjoining pipes. Keeping items like dishwater detergent underneath the kitchen sink gives you an easy way to do a quick check for any links occurring in those cabinets.

With the multiple inlets, outlets, rings, connections, and seals you can have a leak in your garbage disposal also. The part where the disposal meets the sink drain called the sink flange can be loose due to partially unscrewed bolts. Also, review the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining your garbage disposal.

Regularly clean the kitchen sink including using a drain cleaner.

Bathroom

Immediately fix any pipe or faucet leaks not only to save on your water bill; if the leak happens on a cabinet floor or other places can cause significant damage.

Notice any slow drains in the shower or sink? Use drain cleaner and install a hair catcher.

Prevent calcium from building up on the faucet head by cleaning out the aerators. Irregular flow or water pressure from the shower or faucet is a sign of calcium.

Toilet maintenance starts with keeping it clean especially the rim jets. Check the water level in the toilet’s tank for any overflowing. If your toilet flushes slowly it may be due to a low tank level. Toilets that flush slowly are also far more likely to get clogged.

Sewer

  • Schedule regular sewer main snaking for preventive maintenance.
  • If more than one fixture is backing up in your home, you have a sewer clog. Any sort of main line issues will show in your toilets as they have the largest drain line.
  • If you see water come out of the shower after flushing contact an experienced plumbing professional.
  • For septic tank maintenance, have a plumber review inspect the pump during their next visit.

Also be sure to review the water pressure using a pressure gauge. Checking multiple times per year helps prevent issues like broken washer hoses due to abnormal pressure. Buy a gauge from a local hardware store measuring in pounds per square inch to get an accurate PSI level. Attach the gauge to the hose bib outdoors. After turning on the hose bib if it shows a PSI higher than 75 you may have an issue with the pressure regulator.

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