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Posted June 10, 2015 by HomeownerExpert in Maintenance & Repairs
 
 

DIY Plumbing Maintenance Checklist



keeping a home well-maintained can sometimes feel like a full-time job, and plumbing is one aspect that the average homeowner probably doesn’t spend all that much time thinking about. If you haven’t checked up on your plumbing in a while, this checklist should make it easy to check on the various elements of your plumbing system one by one.

  • Look for signs of leaks around exposed pipes and in areas where pipes run through the walls in your home. Common signs include puddles, water marks, mold and mildew.
  • Check pipes for corrosion, which can lead to future leaks. Corrosion will appear as a green stain on copper or brass fittings, or an orange stain on older steel pipes.
  • Turn on each sink and showerhead to observe the water pressure (the force with which water comes out). Low water pressure is usually a symptom of sediment buildup in a faucet or showerhead, but may also indicate a problem in the water line.
  • When you turn on each sink and faucet, look for water leaks around handles and valves.
  • Inspect your showerheads to look for sedimentation buildup. If you see mineral deposits in a showerhead, you can poke the holes clear with a pin or paperclip.
  • Check drains throughout your house (including each sink, shower and tub) for the speed of drainage. Water should swirl smoothly down the drain. If the water drains slowly, or if bubbles appear, there may be a clog or a venting problem.
  • Flush each toilet to make sure it flushes properly. Make sure the water does not continue to run after flushing, and look around the toilet for water leakage. Push and pull on toilets to see if they rock back and forth, and check inside toilet tanks to see if any parts are damaged, rusted or broken.
  • Inspect floor tiles around showers, sinks and water pipes for damage. Tiles that are loose or hollowed out usually indicate that there is or was a leak in the area.
  • Check caulking around tubs and sinks to see if any is coming off.
  • Look inside the burner chamber of your water heater for rust, and check the burner to make sure it burns with a steady, blue flame. A flame that flickers or appears yellow in color may indicate a combustion problem.
  • Drain the water heater to remove sediment buildup.
  • Check washing machine hoses for cracks, and make sure none of the hoses are brittle or leaking.
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