DIY Plumbing Inspection

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Looking after your home’s plumbing is an essential part of any extensive home maintenance plan. A simple checklist carried out no less than 2 to 3 times annually will enable you to avoid serious damages and plumbing emergencies. Having a checklist will make sure that you won’t miss anything. Do not forget that your plumbing system contains sinks, toilets, showers, and bathtubs, and many others. Considering you have spent lots of money for your plumbing, it is rewarding if it lasts longer. Here’s a short checklist to get handy when you schedule your home plumbing inspection. Figure out what to expect and how to solve problems when they arise.

1.    Toilets: Flush test is one great way to determine if there are possible issues in your plumbing. Examine if there are uncommon sounds or if it’s becoming ineffective. Remember to check out toilet items that don’t shut off after flushing. You should look for warning signs of water or water leaks around each toilet. Also, carefully but firmly push and pull on each toilet to find out if it shifts or rocks.

ii.    Drains: You should examine all sink and other fixtures the drain functions to see how quickly water drains. The most common causes of slow drainage are a drain clog or a blocked vent pipe. All drains must present a full “swirl” while emptying. When you notice bubbles as water is flowing down the sink, this can indicate a water flow issue.

iii.    Water Heater: One of the most apparent indications of water heater problem is when there is moisture across the base of the tank or condensation dripping from the tank. Your tank should be a closed system for it to function accurately. When you’ve got moisture dripping from the tank, it is a sign that the tank is on its way out and has to be replaced. If you notice a little boost in your bills or that you’re not getting as much hot water as you have in the past.

iv.    Washer and dryer: Last but not least, when you have a dryer and washer set up, you can check out those hookups. If you have a water and sump pump, ensure those go through the assessment, as well as other outdoor water connections you’ve got – faucets and sprinkler systems.

v.    Showers and Tubs: Check shower stalls, tub surrounds, and other areas around fixtures for loose or cracked tiles. A broken tile can be a sign that there is, or was, a leak. There could be rotting behind or underneath the tile as an effect.

An hour or so once or twice a year in doing an extensive inspection of your home’s plumbing system could help you save a great deal of money and time over time. As the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

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