Maintaining your weight is easier than losing weight. Maintaining a beautiful lawn is easier than growing one. And maintaining your car is easier than buying a new one every time something goes wrong. Read about Regular Plumbing Maintenance Tips below.
Well, the same principle is true with your plumbing. Regular plumbing maintenance can save you time, money, and energy. And you can do a lot of plumbing maintenance on your own without a professional!
Below are 7 plumbing maintenance tips for you to try in your own home!
1. Check Outdoor Faucets
If water stays in a plumbing line and freezes it can cause damage to the line and the rest of your plumbing. So, it’s a good idea to check your outdoor faucets as part of a plumbing preventative maintenance plan. Look for leaks or dripping even when the faucet is completely off.
If you have a garden hose attached to the outdoor faucet, remove it and drain it when you test the faucet and check for leaks. You should also store your garden hose during the winter to prevent it from freezing and breaking. If you live in a warmer climate this may not be necessary but you still should check the faucets.
2. Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters is no one’s favorite chore, but it has to be done as part of regular home plumbing maintenance. When the gutters are blocked with leaves, dirt, and other debris it can cause damage to the gutters and even the foundation of your home.
If gutters are weighed down you’ll notice sagging or inconsistent drainage from the downspouts. Clogged gutters can also cause damage to the roof when water builds up, becomes heavy, and can no longer be sustained in the gutter.
Aim to clean the gutters at least three or four times per year. Cleaning them in between seasons is a good way to remember the schedule. Remove debris and clean gutters yourself or hire a professional.
3. Clean the Showerhead
Did you know that cleaning the showerhead can improve water pressure? You’re probably used to cleaning the sink and the tub but many people forget to clean the showerhead. Over time, minerals can build up in the tiny holes of the showerhead which reduces the water pressure.
Start by removing the showerhead and creating a solution of warm water and vinegar. Place the showerhead in the water and vinegar solution and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. If cleaning the showerhead doesn’t work, try replacing the showerhead. It’s an affordable fix and makes for a better shower experience!
4. Be On the Lookout for Mold
Most home plumbing is located inside the walls, so it’s hard to tell when there’s mold build-up until it’s spread to the outside of the wall. A leaky pipe could cause significant damage before you notice a smell or change in the color of the wall. Even a tiny hole in your water line can turn into serious damage.
If you suspect mold or you want to get a professional to check for mold, call a mold damage removal company. These issues should be handled as quickly as possible to prevent the mold from spreading.
5. Check for Slow Drainage
As part of regular plumbing maintenance, you should check all the sinks and shower drains in your home. Slow draining could be a sign of a clog or build-up in your pipes. Run hot water for a few minutes and see if the draining improves.
If draining is still slow, use an anti-clog agent and follow the directions on the bottle. Give it time to work and then flush the pipes with hot water and test again.
Checking sinks and showers is especially important if you don’t use them on a regular basis. You may not know that there’s an issue with your guest bathroom sink unless you test it! If you aren’t able to fix the issue with an anti-clog product, call a professional to address the issue.
6. Drain Your Water Heater
Part of yearly plumbing maintenance is draining the water heater. If you’ve never drained your water heater before, don’t worry. With the right tools, you can make this an annual DIY project. Draining the water heater will remove sediment build-up and improve overall efficiency.
If you go too long without draining the water heater the sediment can cause it to stop working. Replacing the water heater is far more expensive than draining it yourself or having a professional help you. Here are the basic steps of draining the water heater:
- Turn off water supply
- Turn off water heater
- Attach hose to drain valve
- Open hot water tap
- Open drain valve to drain
- Close valve
- Refill tank
- Restart water heater
If you don’t feel confident about draining the water heater yourself, call a professional plumber.
7. Backflow Tests
If you are looking to create a commercial plumbing preventative maintenance checklist, add backflow testing to your list. Backflow devices prevent water contamination. They prevent wastewater from coming back into the building’s system.
Backflow devices should be tested on an annual basis by a professional. If you are a facility manager, you can schedule the testing with a commercial plumbing group. If it fails inspection, ask the plumbing service about necessary repairs. You can also schedule backflow testing for your home. This will keep contaminated water out of your water supply.
Regular Plumbing Maintenance Adds Home Value
Creating and executing a regular plumbing maintenance checklist can add value to your home! In fact, up to 15% of your home’s value comes from plumbing. So don’t wait until something goes wrong with your plumbing – be proactive.
Keep an eye out for slow drains, strange smells, and changes in water pressure. Address issues promptly so they don’t get worse. While plumbing isn’t the most glamorous part of your home, it is definitely valuable!
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