It typically doesn’t take much time or work to occasionally run through a basic plumbing mainte-nance checklist. It’s always wise to stay on the offensive with household fixtures and controls; a preventative inspection of pipes, fittings and other items can go a long way in avoiding big is-sues at a later date. We’d like to personally help out with that little chore by providing you with an easy-to-follow list of things to give a quick once-over.
Let’s start in the bathroom. Take a look at all of the faucets, including those in the sink and tub, as well as the shower head itself. There are two things we’re checking for here: leaks and clean aerators. Big leaks often start off as small leaks, so make sure to fix (or call a professional to fix) any that you find. Taking care of any leaks that you find in a timely manner will not only prevent it from developing into something huge, but will also cut down on a significant amount of water loss, and all the extra expense that you waste on water that you’re not even getting to use. Pop the aerators of each faucet out and check them out. If there happens to be a build up of calcium, clean them out well or replace them.
While you’re there at the sink and tub (or shower), check to see that water is flowing out the drains at a reasonable speed. If any are draining slowly, you may have to work to clear away any debris that may be blocking the water flow.
The last area to check in the bathroom is the toilet. Make sure that it isn’t running non-stop after flushing and, if it is, take care of the issue if you’re able. Often it’s as simple as opening the tank bowl to tighten the chain attached inside or replace the toilet handle stick. If you can’t seem to diagnose [or repair] the problem, schedule an appointment to have a plumber come by to give it a look.
Now let’s head into the kitchen where, similar to the bathroom, we’re going to check for leaks and correct drainage. Be sure to inspect both the top of the sink, as well as underneath, where the pipes are usually exposed inside the cabinet below. If that’s not a cabinet that you’re access-ing very often, a leak could possibly go unseen there for longer than you would imagine.
Since you’re under the sink, also take a quick peek at your garbage disposal unit, if one is in-stalled.
In both the bathroom and kitchen, other things that you can keep an eye out for are: that the wa-ter pressure is at a safe level; that there isn’t a buildup of mildew in any areas; and that no caulking is in need of repair.
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to expand your maintenance check to are-as such as the water heater, and sewer and septic systems, call Jeff Lowe Plumbing today and schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians. Having a professional assess your plumbing system’s condition and efficiency is the number one way to ensure that you are saving water and saving money in every room in the house.