As a homeowner, you rarely think about your plumbing until something goes wrong and you have no water. Creating a plumbing checklist and adding it to your monthly maintenance routine is a good way to prevent problems with your water lines. A few minutes one day a month can save you hundreds of dollars in costly repairs.
Here’s the checklist you should follow to prevent plumbing problems:
Watch for Leaks
Watch for leaks, especially in your bathroom and kitchen. Leaks can cause floor tile to curl up or come loose from the floor. They can also cause mold to appear in corners or along the baseboards.
Clean Screens and Sink Traps Regularly
Clean your screens and sink traps regularly to keep your drains flowing smoothly. Having a trap in place can catch much of the debris that might make it down the drain, but forgetting to empty them on a daily basis can result in standing water.
Avoid Putting Trash in the Toilet
Avoid putting tissues, cigarette butts, and wipes in the toilet. They don’t degrade like toilet paper and can eventually clog your toilet causing a nasty backup.
Inspect Your Pipes and Washing Machine Hoses
Inspect all of your water pipes coming into your home as well as those that are going out. You should also inspect the water lines connected to your washer. If you notice any moisture or drips, call a plumber right away.
Test Systems Regularly for Drain Speed and Adequate Pressure
Check your drains and water pressure to make sure they are functioning efficiently. If not, try to find the cause. If you need help, call a plumber and get the situation resolved before it becomes a major problem.
Although plumbing is something that many people overlook when it comes to home maintenance, it is often the first thing they say they can’t live without if there’s a problem. By adding a few of the items to your home maintenance checklist, you can save yourself thousands of dollars simply by being aware of the condition of your water system and plumbing. Take a little initiative and monitor your pipes regularly. It also doesn’t hurt to have your plumber on speed dial.