11 Tips on Your Home Plumbing Checklist
Plumbing is a lot more work than expected most of the time and doing it yourself can be a real drag. It doesn’t matter if you bought a fix it up home or if you built the house from scratch, there will always be plumbing problems. At Deer Valley Plumbing, we believe that there is a way to prevent some of the bigger issues. Here are tips to put on your home plumbing checklist!
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1. Look for Signs of Leaks
In exposed pipes, where pipes run through the walls or the foundation of your home. Signs of a leak include puddles of water and watermarks. Our leak detection service and maintenance prevents plumbing disasters year-round!
2. Look for Signs of Corrosion
Corrosion of pipes can cause leaks and bad pipe connections if not corrected. A sign of corrosion is green stains around brass and copper fittings and on shutoff valves, and yellow or orange stains on old steel pipe. Sometimes the best thing to do is to re-pipe areas of your home plumbing.
3. Test Water Pressure
Water pressure is with how much force the water comes out of sink faucets and showerheads. Low water pressure can be a sign of sediment build up in the faucet or showerhead. It may also be a sign of a problem with the water line.
4. Check Speed of Drainage
Check sinks, showers, and tubs for the speed of drainage. Slow drainage usually indicates a clog in the drain or a blocked vent pipe. Your drains should have a full swirl when draining. If bubbles appear when water is draining or there are gurgling sounds, you may have a problem.
5. Check Flushing Handle and Inside Parts of Toilet
Flush each toilet to make sure that it is flushing properly. Check the parts inside the tank to see if any parts are broken, rusted, or missing. Make sure the toilet water does not run after flushing and check for signs of water on the floor surrounding.
6. Look for Cracked Tiles
You’ll want to check for cracked tiles in the shower, around sinks, or near water pipes. Loose or hollow tiles can be an indication that there is, or was, a leak that caused rotting underneath or behind the tile.
7. Check The Caulking
See if tub, sink or toilet caulking is coming off. If you see gaps, use caulk to fill in the spaces and avoid leaks and mold.
8. Check for Mildew
Mildew is caused by standing water that may have dried up. While sometimes odorless, it might have a dank, stale smell.
9. Check The Burner Chamber
Look inside the burner chamber of your home’s water heater. See if there are any flakes of rust inside the chamber. Check the flame of the water heater, which should be a blue color with no signs of yellow in the flame. If you see a yellow color, this may mean that the jets need to be cleaned.
10. DrainThe Water Heater
You should drain the water to remove sediment that may have built up. Over time, all water heaters will have build up (it’s not because of something you’re doing wrong). Call professionals if you think there is too much build up or a clog in your water heater as the problem might be bigger than you realize!
11. Check Washing Machine Hoses
Check the washing machine hoses to make sure that there aren’t any crack and that the hoses are not brittle or leaking. Washing machine leaks are common insurance claims. The best hoses are braided stainless, or other high-pressure material.
Contact Your Home Plumbing Checklist Professionals
If you check these things in your home, there will be a guaranteed fewer number of problems because you already know what needs fixed and what could be a problem. It’s all about prevention when it comes to plumbing! Walk through your entire home this weekend with your home plumbing checklist to be your own hero. Should any of these things happen and you need an expert to come take a look give us a call at 602.832.8418 or visit our Contact Us page.