Maintaining your home’s plumbing system can help prevent major issues down the line. Here is a basic checklist to guide your routine maintenance.
1. Check for leaks.
Regularly inspect faucets, showerheads, and pipes for leaks. Even minor drips can lead to significant water waste and potential damage.
2. Test the water pressure.
Low water pressure can be a sign of a leak, clog, or issue with your water heater. Consider purchasing a water pressure gauge for regular checks.
3. Inspect your water heater.
Look for signs of corrosion or leaks. Ensure the temperature setting is no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding and energy waste.
4. Clean showerhead and faucet aerators.
Over time, mineral deposits can build up and reduce water flow. Soak them in vinegar to help dissolve the deposits.
5. Check exposed pipes and appliances for water leaks.
This includes pipes under sinks, the water heater, washing machine hoses, and refrigerator if it has a water dispenser or ice maker.
6. Flush out your water heater.
This helps reduce sediment build-up which can lower the efficiency of your water heater.
7. Check toilet for leaks.
A leaking toilet can waste a large amount of water. Add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after 30 minutes, you have a leak.
8. Clean your garbage disposal.
Regularly cleaning your garbage disposal can help prevent clogs and keep it smelling fresh.
Remember, while routine maintenance can prevent many plumbing issues, some problems require professional assistance. Contact Cooper & Adlys for your plumbing maintenance needs.