Plumbing maintenance is probably something you should perform at least once a month to catch even small plumbing problems which can turn into big, cost-saving problems in the future. One little leak can quickly waste lots of water. It only needs 4,000 leaks to waste one litre of water and 35 gallons of water a year! This is a huge amount of money, particularly if your house is full of windows and doors which are prone to leaks.
Regular plumbing maintenance is also important to prevent flooding. Water is used for so many different things around your home. When leaks are found, the first thing to do is to stop the leak as soon as possible. Leaks will eventually cause a pool of stagnant water behind plumbing pipes. When this water sits, it will cause the pipes to rust and will gradually lead to a clog. A plumbing maintenance checklist can help you find and repair these leaks quickly to prevent potential flooding.
Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
Your plumbing maintenance checklist should include all the components for your house, including your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. All plumbing pipes should have the following information about them: the date they were installed; their location; their purpose; the type of material they are made from; their maximum water pressure; the city or town they are located in; and any other relevant information. You should also note any cracks or openings in the pipes. This is very important because you may be able to detect small leaks by observing your water pressure. If there is a problem with your plumbing pipes, it will significantly reduce your water pressure.
To complete your plumbing maintenance checklist, you need to know what type of activity needs to be performed on them each year. The first thing you should do is to remove your shoes before entering your bathroom. You should never enter the tub or shower without removing your shoes. It is also a good idea to put socks on your feet before stepping on the tiles or tiled floor. For your bedroom, it is advised to put on slippers before entering the room. This ensures that you won’t trip over pipes.
Next on your list is to check your septic system. This is particularly important if you live in an area that does not have an efficient plumbing system. You should carry out routine sewage maintenance regularly. Remember to never flush toilet paper through the toilet bowl or into the septic tank, if you are using a water-using appliance such as a water heater or water-heater connected to your water supply. You can also avoid toilet bowl leakage by regularly emptying the toilet tank.
Pipes and drains need to be cleaned regularly. The easiest way to do this is to run a hose over the pipes and drains to ensure that they are clean. For leaks, the hoses can be replaced. Leaks need to be repaired by sealing them.
There are a lot more plumbing maintenance tips that you can apply on your own. The most important one is to be organized so that you will know where to find the items that you need. Keep a stash of plumbers’ tools in your garage or shed. It’s also advisable to keep a first aid box near your plumbers’ toolbox. If you want to be handy, make sure that you have a first aid kit and a flashlight.