Top Ten 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 ten plumbing checklist for your home:.
Clean your shower heads. Sediment buildup in your shower heads 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.
Leaky faucets. Tighten all of your faucets as much as you can and make sure you don't have any water leaking out of them.
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. Signs of corrosion include green stains around shutoff valves and fittings (or orange/yellow stains, if you have old steel pipes).
Caulking. It is easy to see when caulking around a sink, tub, or toilet is coming off. Maintain the caulking to prevent leaks.
Water heater. Clean the water heater as needed to remove any sediment that may be collecting at the bottom.
Water pressure. 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 buildup, or even water line problems.
Around your toilet. 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.
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