New years means new beginnings, including your drains, water lines, gas lines, fixtures, and anything else that could be affected negatively over the last year. There’s nothing wrong with being proactive with a new year plumbing maintenance checklist. Check off these plumbing maintenance tips as you go, and kick this new year’s butt. Kitchen […]
New years means new beginnings, including your drains, water lines, gas lines, fixtures, and anything else that could be affected negatively over the last year. There’s nothing wrong with being proactive with a new year plumbing maintenance checklist.
Check off these plumbing maintenance tips as you go, and kick this new year’s butt.
- Give your garbage disposal a once over. Check for any leaks, clogs, or other potential issues. Try to refrain from throwing coffee grounds, oils, bacon grease, or fibrous materials down the disposal. Careful use of the disposal will help keep its blades working at peak performance for as long as possible.
- Clean out your kitchen sink’s drain, breaking up regular build-up and keeping the flow of water going the way you want it to. Plug both sides of the sink, fill with water, and with a flashlight under the sink, unplug and watch for any leaks.
- Check all faucets for leaks. Small drips can add up over a year in water costs. Make sure to look around the base of the faucet for water build up as well.
- Test your drains by pouring a large container of water into both the tub and bathroom sink. Bathroom drains are notorious for collecting debris like hair and skin cells, which can build up if not cleaned out at regular intervals. You can purchase a drain cleaner from your local hardware store, that will allow you to clear out hair and debris from the drains. A plumber will be able to do more if needed.
- Take a look at the caulking around your sink and tub. You want to make sure that these seals are doing their job of preventing water from seeping into your sub-floor.
- Address any problems that are easy to ignore, including dripping faucets or running toilets. These are things that don’t seem like a big deal, but they can waste considerable amounts of water and cause slow, sure wear and tear.
- Clean out the aerators in your faucets. If this isn’t something you’re comfortable doing on your own, you can call a plumbing professional. Cleaning out your faucet aerators is important. If they aren’t taken care of, calcium build-up inside your aerators can significantly affect your water pressure. If you happen to see little white bits of debris, this could be the dip tube from your water heater breaking down, and can become a huge issue. Call a plumber for inspection immediately.
- Check to see if the shower head or any of the faucets are leaking. If they are, take care of the small leaks before they become big ones. It can save you thousands of dollars over the course of the year.
- Check the pipes around your home, specifically under your home, and exposed pipes, such as hose bibbs, and ensure they are properly insulated. Generally proper size insulation is not found at your chain home improvement stores, but can be purchased from plumbing supply companies, or your plumber.
- Check your water meter, to see if it runs at all when all the water is turned off at the street. This is a sign of a leak, and if you cannot find it by looking at your faucets, chances are it’s a leak in the yard, wall, or under the slab, and costing you money.
- Check any gas lines, such as to your bbq pit, fire pit, etc. by spraying soapy water along connections, and watching for bubbles. A gas leak is a serious problem, and if you find one, you should call your plumber right away.
- If you have cleanouts, open them and see if water/waste is standing inside of them. If so, something is wrong, the line does not have the proper fall, or the line has roots or is broken, and needs to be fixed.
Make this New Year a joyous one, a small amount of maintenance can help fend off late night emergency calls the the plumber, and give you peace of mind.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018