Plumbing Maintenance Checklist: Tips & Routines

In order to ensure that easy to fix problems don't become expensive repairs in the future, performing routine plumbing checks is a good idea for any homeowner.

By performing plumbing maintenance and checking certain parts of your plumbing system, you can keep your home safe for your children and avoid issues like excessive moisture and water damage. These issues are often caused by plumbing system and can lead to expensive home issues like mold, foundation cracks, drywall cracks and much more. 

Here is a checklist of plumbing things you should be checking and performing maintenance on. 

Plumbing Inspection Checklist For Home: 8 Must-Do Tasks

Any plumbing checkup should check the entire plumbing system, ranging from the valves, pipes, drains, and water heater. 

Inspect For Water Leaks 

Water leaks not only cause your water bill to go up but if not properly fixed can cause water damage in your home that leads to expensive repairs. Routinely inspect for water leaks in your home. One easy way of checking for this is by turning off the water in your home and inspecting that the water meter is at 0 or nearby it. If it's not then that can potentially be due to a water leak. 

Inspect For Corrosion

If you see any signs of visible corrosion like green/blue stains or rust on your pipes, then chances are you'll have a leak problem soon. This can also lead to pipe connection issues. Corrosion on your pipes is one way to figure out which pipe is causing leaking in your basements

Inspect Toilet Tanks

Make sure that the toilet is working as expected. Some quick things to check is to remove the lid and verify that the water bowl fills up quicky after flushing. Are there any visible cracks or damage? Do you see any mold? Are the tank and bowl attached tightly to each other?  

Inspect Water Heater

You should be checking and performing routine maintenance on your water heater according to the manual by the manufacturer. Check the temperature, pressure relief valve, and verify that nothing needs to be replaced like the anode rod.

Inspect Sinks

Kitchen sinks are one of the most common places for water leaks to occur due to all the usage. If the leak isn't too large it can be hard to detect and if not noticed right away can cause water damage that eventually leads to mold. Immediately fix any leaks in sinks to avoid this problem. It's not a bad idea to clean kitchen sinks every now and then to avoid clogging. If you do run into clogging issues then check out these kitchen sink drain snakes.

Inspect Water Pressure

If you have a water pressure gauge at your disposal then use it to verify that the water pressure is at a correct level. Usually, the water pressure in most homes can range from anywhere between 35-60 psi.

Check Drains Aren't Clogged

Drains will clog from a combination of debris, food, and will often rot as well. You should be routinely clearing them out and verifying that they haven't rotten. You can clean them out by using a drain snake or a combination of baking soda and vinegar. 

Apart from drains being clogged, read our article on things you should never flush down the toilet to prevent clogged toilets:

Inspect Septic Tank

If your home uses a septic tank, then you will definitely want to routinely inspect it and make sure there isn't any repairs that need to be done on it. Septic tanks should be pumped out at least once every 2 years. If the septic tank is close to your foundation, you'll want to make sure your taking good care of it so it doesn't cause any issues to it. 

Routinely performing these checks can help prevent expensive plumbing repairs later down the road. Becoming a plumber isn't easy and takes a lot of training, so surely having one fix any plumbing issues certainly won't be cheap. 

About the author 

Ryan Thompson is a residential and commercial plumber from Miami, Florida. He has over 20+ years of plumbing experience. He is also a huge DIY enthusiast who does all types of improvement projects around the house.

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