Imagine not having a plumbing system in your home. Such essential aspects of life such as your toilet, water heater, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and faucets would all fail to function.
Because the plumbing system in your home is such an important part of its infrastructure, maintaining it with a check up every year is highly recommended. Not knowing the problem signs, or just neglecting your plumbing system are the two biggest causes of issues and this handy check list can help you to avoid problems:
Check for Dripping Faucets
A dripping faucet can indicate a bigger problem, and of course it can be a nuisance and waste money and water. Although you may need a professional plumber to check your dripping faucet, you can often fix the problem by simply tightening it yourself.
A slight buildup in your drains can leads to a big one and a huge headache, meaning it’s best to have even a small buildup checked out. The problem is often solved by cleaning out your P-trap, although you should be wary of using a liquid cleaner as it can often cause more damage.
In the typical American home, over 45 percent of all water used is in the bathroom, with 27 percent used in the toilets alone. Regular maintenance, including checking for a leaking flapper, leaks at the toilet base and leaking fill valves, can make a big difference and help you save money in the bathroom. You can avoid even bigger problems by replacing the flapper every year, as this is the most common toilet problem.
Angle Stop Valves
Every plumbing fixture in your home typically has an angle stop valve underneath it, and there will be two of these valves if the fixture has a cold and hot outlet. If you need to repair the fixture in the event of an emergency, these valves can switch the water off, although turning them off and on at least once a year is recommended anyway. Replace these valves if you notice water leaking or dripping from them.
The Water Heater
In the typical home, around 25 percent of the energy used is for heating water, making the water heater one of the most important appliances in your home. You can keep your water heater in good working order by checking regularly for leaks on and around the unit, checking the T and P valve, and draining it every year.
The plumbing in your home is complex and as any homeowner knows, can also be costly to repair if anything goes wrong. The above items are just a few of the important plumbing fixtures and items in your home that you should carry out regular checks on, and hopefully avoid costly repairs.
Some homes are built in haste and things like the exterior plumbing is left exposed in a mild climate like that found on the north west coast. There are years when it drops below freezing for extended periods and that is when a frozen burst pipe turns into a panic situation for some people. One of the easiest things you can do to guard against this is to get into the crawl space if you have one or check the perimeter of your home to see if there are any exposed pipes. Another way to find exposed pipes is to wait for them to burst and the wet spot becomes apparent.
But wait, there is an alternative. Have someone with the right tools and experience inspect your home for this lurking problem. The national franchise Mr Rooter is one such company. They have offices across North America and its likely there is one close to you. They are open 24 hours and specialize in emergency plumbing situations. Find the franchise closest to you and keep their contact info close at hand.