While it’s easy to overlook plumbing until something goes wrong, smart homeowners will establish basic plumbing maintenance habits to make sure they spot and resolve small issues before they become major problems. Here are four things you can do to stay on top of things!
Inspect for Leaks
It’s a good idea to occasionally walk around your property and inspect any visible water supply lines – such as under sinks, behind appliances, or in the basement. Some warning signs include oozing around pipe joints, dripping along the line, and damp spots or discoloration on the surrounding wall or floor.
Check Your Appliances
Dishwashers and washing machines are two common culprits for plumbing issues. Make sure that hoses are securely fastened to both the machine and the hot and cold water faucets. Test the hose flexibility — if it feels stiff or you notice any cracking replace it immediately. Also make sure the machine is draining properly.
Examine the Water Heater
Look for any signs of water or sediment underneath the tank as this can be a sign of internal corrosion. Also check around the temperature/pressure relief valve for drips, rust, or build up of any kind. Finally, make note of the water temperature and water pressure. Too much pressure can put undue stress on your pipes and appliances and decrease their lifespan.
Fix Small Issues Early
Make time to complete weekend projects like replacing leaky faucets or descaling your water heater. Taking care of small problems in a timely manner can really add up to big savings in terms of preventing costly repairs down the line.
The experts at Best Plumbing are always available if you have questions or need assistance with any plumbing maintenance. You can also find great instructions and plumbing tips on our blog and Youtube channel!