Every day, one in ten American homes loses 90 gallons of their water supply due to plumbing leaks. To keep this from happening, it’s important to stay organized at the beginning of the year by creating a plumbing maintenance checklist for your home. If preventative measures are not taken, plumbing systems can be a headache. Leaky drains and pipes can cause significant water damage, which is more expensive to repair than performing routine maintenance checks. So, why is it necessary to have a plumbing checklist? Let’s find out.
Lower Water Bills
Consistently increasing water bills in your home suggest leakage. Ignoring a leak can have serious consequences, including damage to the ceilings and floors. The simplest way to determine if your home has leaks is to look for them in expected locations. Turn on the water and check for dripping water in your pipe fittings, toilet flappers, showerheads, and faucets. Additionally, puddles or dampness may be visible at the base of any of your fixtures. Examine your home’s walls and ceilings for signs of moisture.
Check On the Water Pressure
Reduced water pressure may increase your monthly water bill. The pressure decline may suggest an accumulation of sediment in your water heater, faucet, or showerhead. If you continue to have low water pressure after draining the water heater, clean the showerhead or dip it in a bag of vinegar and leave it overnight. If this does not resolve the issue, you need to contact a plumber to inspect any pressure valves.
Long hair can cause clogging of drains, especially with soap. If the hair has dye, the chemical in the hair can cause irreversible damage to the plumbing pipe. The simplest method of removing hair and debris from shower and sink drains is to use a toothed, plastic drain snake purchased from home improvement stores.
If the clog is insurmountable, a plumber can quickly resolve this issue with the assistance of an extended drain snake. Additionally, a free maintenance tip is to avoid flushing feminine products, diapers, wipes, or other items down the toilet, as they can quickly clog drains.
Detecting damage to your systems is critical for avoiding worsening leaks resulting in extended damage. You can perform some of these maintenance tasks yourself, or if you’re persistent, you can seek professional assistance from plumbing services. Contact us today if you are in need of plumbing services!