Plumbing problems seem to sneak up on people. One day, it’s a clogged toilet. The next day, sewer gas is wafting through the home. You may even come home to a burst pipe or water heater.
Luckily, there is a way to prevent common plumbing problems! It’s called plumbing maintenance.
Here is a valuable plumbing maintenance checklist every homeowner should go over at least once a year:
- Check for plumbing leaks (most water meters have a leak detection dial). It’s time to call a professional when you notice leaks in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or anywhere else in your home.
- Check pipes and faucets for signs of damage or corrosion. Specifically, be on the lookout for rust, and blue-green stains, leaks, and strange tap water taste. If you suspect pipe corrosion, contact a professional.
- Look for signs of water damage, such as mold, stains, warping, and peeling. Contact a professional plumber if you suspect a plumbing leak.
- Unclog slow drains. While you can try to remove the clog with a plunger, auger, or wire hanger, if you are having trouble, it’s best to call a plumber. There’s probably a clog further down the line. We recommend a professional drain cleaning at least once a year. Contact OnTime Service for a regular cleaning with hydro-jetting units (and other tools) to provide an effective and long-lasting solution.
- Follow manufacturer instructions for regular garbage disposal maintenance. Learn garbage disposal do’s and don’ts.
- Check faucet aerators and showerheads for clogs and mineral stains. Learn how to clean mineral stains from plumbing fixtures.
- Know where your main and individual water shut-offs are located and how to turn them off.
- Look for cracking or dried out caulking around the tub and shower. Remove the old caulk completely and replace with fresh silicone caulk. You may want to contact a professional for help.
- Run all of your toilets and sinks at least once a month. This helps keep your P-traps full, providing you with an odor trap to prevent sewer gases from flowing through your drains. It’s also a good test to ensure everything is working as it should.
- Flush your water heater and consider replacing the anode rod (every 3-5 years). Learn some water heater energy saving tips. Contact OnTime Service for your yearly plumbing inspection to ensure the health longevity of your plumbing system. You don’t want a burst water heater!
- Sign up for a home maintenance plan that include annual professional plumbing inspection.
Contact a Professional
The number one most important thing you can do to maintain your plumbing system is to call a professional such as OnTime Service.
With regular plumbing maintenance, you can prevent clogs, leaks, and other plumbing problems from happening in the first place.
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Call OnTime Service at 205-942-1405 or contact us online to schedule your next appointment.