Plumbing Maintenance

Plumbing Maintenance Checklist For Home Owners

Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist


Regular maintenance saves you time, hassle and best of all money. Most people know that your Air Conditioner and Furnace needs maintenance but forget about the plumbing. By having a regular plumbing maintenance checklist, home owners can help extend the life of your plumbing as well as have a good idea when something may need to be replaced.

By having a well maintained and efficient plumbing system you will be contributing to the good health of you and your family. A plumbing system that is well taken care of will provide you with the cleanest fresh water possible. If your plumbing system is in good working order you will:

  • Have access to clean water which is vital to our good health
  • Save money and the environment by saving water and energy

What Do I Need To Do?


Plumbing is forgettable. How often can you say that when you are making dinner, having a bath or even just washing your hands, do you think about your plumbing system? Most people will answer that question, “Hardly ever”. Once you have an issue and a very large bill, you regret that instantly.

Large bills and the inconvenience of the a plumbing disruption can be avoided with a little maintenance. Is a little time spent on this worth helping the health of your family and the money it will save you?

If we look at the how much we spend on our home, why would we not want to do everything possible to keep it working well. Think of that drip in your kitchen sink. That one drip per second wastes 21 liters or 5 gallons of water each day. Left unchecked that is 2082 gallons wasted each year. Considering that an average shower uses 15.8 gallons and costs about 15 cents in BC, this means that you are looking at a waste of $20.82 for each dripping faucet.

Part of your maintenance routine would be checking for leaks regularly. Any leaks you have will affect your water pressure but can also cause damage to your home. A leak that has avoided detection can cause wood to rot, pipes to corrode and is a perfect environment for mold to grow.

We will provide you a plumbing maintenance checklist that will include:

  • Daily tips
  • Weekly inspections
  • Seasonal maintenance.

Daily Maintenance


If the plumbing gods are on your side and you are lucky enough to have a plunger on hand, take a moment to run the plunger under hot water. This often-forgotten step helps to soften the rubber of the plunger to create a more effective seal against the toilet. Once you have created that tight seal, plunge firmly in an up and down motion so the vacuum you’ve created in the bowl can dislodge the mass from the trap way. After a dozen plunges, the clog should clear out!

     Kitchen Daily Maintenance


The plumbing system in your kitchen includes:

  • Kitchen sink drains
  • Kitchen faucets
  • Garbage disposal
  • Dishwasher water line
  • Refrigerator water line (dependent on your fridge)

Kitchen sinks are where most clogs occur. To prevent kitchen sink clogs do not put these items down your sink:

  • Cooking oils & grease
  • Fats like butter
  • Eggshells
  • Coffee grounds
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Grains & seeds

Your kitchen faucet is the most common plumbing repair. A dripping faucet can waste hundreds of gallons each year. If you notice a consistent drip, get is solved promptly.

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Garbage disposals that are used improperly also can cause drain issues. To prevent issues from your disposal follow these tips:

  • Turn water on before adding food
  • Avoid putting stringy or fibrous foods that are difficult to grind up. These include banana peels, celery, and potato peels.
  • Leave your water run for at least 15 seconds after using.

Dishwashers offer a great convenience to us all. If you notice a leak from your dishwasher, chances are there is water damage you cannot see. When this happens call a professional like us a Highmark Plumbing.

If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, the filter should be replaced on a regular schedule. The normal period of time, based from fridge manufacturers is twice a year.l


     Bathroom Daily Maintenance


Your bathroom is normally the first room we enter when we wake and the last room we leave before bed. The number of plumbing problems that could happen is significant. Your bathroom plumbing system includes:

  • Bathroom sink, tub and shower drains
  • Bathroom sink, tub and shower faucets
  • Toilets and bidets

Faucets in your bathrooms are the most used in your home. Thus, keeping an eye for leaks is vital. If you notice a leak it is best to get it repaired as soon as possible.

Your bathroom drains are prone to soap and hair clogs. Periodically removing the hair and debris from your drains will prevent a major blockage. Do not put any bath oils down your drains and install a screen to make cleaning hair even easier.

With your toilet, any one of its numerous parts can cause an issue. A toilet that continues to run rather than shutting off at the end of the flush cycle is wasting a lot of water. Prevent clogs by having a garbage can near by. Only use the toilet to dispose of human waste and toilet paper.

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If you do have a clog or blockage, avoid using chemical cleaners to remove the drain. These cleaners can cause damage to your pipes and shorten their lifespan.

Weekly Maintenance


Undertaking some routine weekly maintenance will prevent small problems from becoming large and expensive. Weekly duties include:

  • Check for leaks and moisture around your home
  • Test all drains to ensure they quickly remove water.
  • Test all faucets to ensure water pressure and no leaks from handles
  • Check you lint traps on your washing machine and dryer

Yearly Maintenance


The change of seasons brings different maintenance that should be undertaken. Take a look at the tips for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Spring is a welcome relief from the cold dreary winter. The warming weather brings with it the hope of renewal and specific maintenance that we should do.

Spring Maintenance

     Indoor Maintenance


Leaks are the main thing that need to be checked for but there are other indoor items as well that should be looked at in the Spring. These include:

  • Inspect your faucets for any leaks. Ensure that you have no drips or leaks around the faucet when it is turned off.
  • Check the pipes under your sinks for any leaks.
  • Ensure that your toilets are not leaking or continuously running.
  • See if your toilet has any cracks in the bowl or tank.
  • Check your hot water tank for leaks.
  • Test the temperature of the hot water tank. Ensure that your temperature is getting to the level you desire.
  • Check you washing machine and its connections for leaks.
  • Examine your drains for clogs, unpleasant odors and how fast they remove water. Slow draining drains should be cleaned or snaked.

     Outdoor Maintenance


You obviously do not have sinks and toilets outside, but you should check the following:

  • Inspect your outside taps for any leaks. Ensure that you have no drips or leaks.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts of any debris or birdnests.
  • Look to see if you can see any bird nests in your plumbing vents.

April to June


     Indoor Maintenance

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Summer brings its own recommendation including:

  • Check your septic tank if you have one.
  • Clean you sprinkler heads to make sure that they are functioning efficiently
  • Keep your gutters and downspouts clear of debris
July

Once summer fades and autumn causes the weather to change, it is time to prepare your plumbing for the cold. Make sure your maintenance includes:

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE

  • Make sure you do not leave your garden hose attached to the tap.
  • Shut off your outside water to prevent possible freezing.
  • Ensure your gutters are clear of debris.
  • Insulate any outside taps or pipes from extreme cold

INDOOR MAINTENANCE

  • Flush your hot water heater of any sediment.
  • Test the water pressure on your hot water heater
  • Inspect your faucets for any leaks. Ensure that you have no drips or leaks around the faucet when it is turned off.
  • Check the pipes under your sinks for any leaks.
  • Ensure that your toilets are not leaking or continuously running.
  • See if your toilet has any cracks in the bowl or tank.
  • Check your hot water tank for leaks.
  • Test the temperature of the hot water tank. Ensure that your temperature is getting to the level you desire.
  • Check you washing machine and its connections for leaks.
  • Examine your drains for clogs, unpleasant odors and how fast they remove water. Slow draining drains should be cleaned or snaked.
Oct

Winter is the season where plumbing maintenance is the most crucial. The cold can cause damage that will be expensive to repair. Take these steps to prepare your plumbing:

  • Ensure that both your warm and cold water pipes are insulated.
  • Test the water pressure on your hot water heater
  • Inspect your faucets for any leaks. Ensure that you have no drips or leaks around the faucet when it is turned off.
  • Check the pipes under your sinks for any leaks.
  • Ensure that your toilets are not leaking or continuously running.
  • See if your toilet has any cracks in the bowl or tank.
  • Check your hot water tank for leaks.
  • Test the temperature of the hot water tank. Ensure that your temperature is getting to the level you desire.
  • Check you washing machine and its connections for leaks.
  • Examine your drains for clogs, unpleasant odors and how fast they remove water. Slow draining drains should be cleaned or snaked.

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If you have any questions call the professionals at Highmark Plumbing and we will be happy to answer them for you. For any heating, electrical, or home repair issues visit our sister websites Highmark Heating,  Highmark Electrical or Highmark Construction

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