A Checklist For Your Plumbing Maintenance

Having a working plumbing system all year round can be achieved with regular plumbing upkeep and maintenance. Plumbing maintenance should be done on a regular basis as it does not take a lot of your time. Doing so will also help prevent any plumbing problems that may cost you more than just maintaining them.

Bathroom Maintenance Checklist

  • Check for leaking showers and faucets. Remember, everything starts with just a little. That little leak in your faucet and shower can potentially become a humongous plumbing problem in no time. Not attending to these small leaks will also lead to gallons of wasted water. This will also increase your monthly utility bill.
  • Cleanup your drains. Make sure that you include your drains when ticking off your bathroom maintenance checklist. A slow drain can be caused by small debris that is stuck. This slow drain will become slower over time if the drainage is not cleaned up. Drainage cleanup should be done three or four times a year. If you can, you can also have this done every other to make sure that nothing is stuck in your drains.
  • Check faucet aerators. Over time, calcium will start to build up in these aerators. This can obstruct water flow which can also cause pipes to burst out. In addition, calcium buildup will also cause water pressure to slow down. Removing the aerators and cleaning them should help solve the problem.
  • Address running toilets. If your toilet handles are starting to stick whenever you push it down, then it would be time to have it checked and cleaned. If this is not fixed, your toilet will continue on running water. This will not only waste water, but will also increase your water bill. Fixing this does not require a lot of time and money. Thus, it should be incorporated to your bathroom maintenance checklist.

Kitchen Maintenance Checklist

  • Check your sinks. Your kitchen sink is used on a daily basis and can be one of the causes why leaks happen. Leaks can come from faucets, strainers, garbage disposal, or any kitchen sink accessory that you may have. Make sure that you go through from top to bottom of the sink to make sure you are not missing out. This should be done on a regular basis.
  • Check your garbage disposal and determine the maintenance it needs. Leaks can also be caused by damage in garbage disposals. This can go unnoticed and it is for this reason that you should not forget to check this part of your kitchen to make sure no leaks are happening in from this area. If maintenance is needed, it is recommended that you refer to the manufacturer’s maintenance tips.
  • Sink drain cleanup. There are sink drainers that you can use to make sure that nothing is clogged in your sink drain. But, you can also make your own formula to have this done. Often, a handful of baking soda plus vinegar and hot water helps a lot. They are natural ingredients that can be found in your kitchen which will not corrode the surfaces of your sink and drains.

Septic System And Sewer Maintenance Checklist

  • Septic System. This part of your home should be maintained on a regular basis. Pumping your septic system may not seem an important and regular thing to do. But, you should still check whether your septic system needs to be relieved or not. Without regular checking, there is no way for you to determine when this is needed or not.
  • Sewer System. Sewer stoppage can be averted if you do regular maintenance of your sewer system. If you notice sewer stoppages, make sure that you also observe how the time between each stoppage. Tree roots can be a cause of sewer stoppages. If you have a lot of trees surrounding your house, it would be a good idea to have a snaking sewer system to avoid any stoppage. Also, it would not hurt to look out for any signs of stoppage to help prevent it from getting worse.

General Plumbing Maintenance Advice

Checking for your water pressure on a regular basis would also help prevent any plumbing problems. Make sure that your water level is in the safe range. With a pressure gauge, you will be able to determine how strong or weak your water pressure is. If your pressure is above the recommended pressure level of 55 PSI, then you should have it controlled with a pressure regulator.

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