Plumbing maintenance: Six things every homeowner should know


Plumbing maintenance: Six things every homeowner should know

While plumbing maintenance might not be at the top of the weekend to-do list, taking the time to make sure your fixtures and water systems are working properly is well worth avoiding potential plumbing headaches down the road.

Some of the things that need your attention when it comes to plumbing maintenance include:

  • Your pipes: Begin by taking a good look at all your pipes. Look for leaks, rust, and watermarks in the areas where pipes are attached to the wall, ceiling or floor. Also, look for puddles of water. This is a direct sign that you have a leak or condensation issue, which can lead to water damage.
  • The toilets: Examine all the parts of the toilet and tank to make sure they are all functioning properly. Make sure there is no leaking on the floor from around the base of the toilet. Does the water still run after you have flushed? This indicates a problem that needs to be fixed. Make sure the toilet isn’t rocking or moving.
  • Your waste: You cannot treat the sinks and toilets like garbage cans. There is a place for the trash and the plumbing system is not it. When it comes to the toilet, human waste and toilet paper should be the only items being flushed down the toilet. If you’re in the kitchen, keep kitchen waste — cooking grease, eggshells, coffee grounds, excess food — from going down the drain. In the bathroom do not let cosmetics, hair products and other materials go down the drain.
  • The washing machine: Neglecting the washing machine is a common cause of hefty insurance claims. If a hose bursts, you can have some major flood damage in minutes or even seconds. The hoses, which should be replaced every three to five years, should be examined periodically to ensure there isn’t any cracking or breakage. Braided stainless hoses are typically most effective.
  • Caulking and flooring: If there are areas where your caulking has worn out or flooring is cracked or damaged, there could be water damage beneath the surface, or there’s a good chance there will be soon. Re caulk any seams that need it. Repair walls or baseboards if you notice any water damage.
  • Baking soda to flush out your drains: Keep plenty of baking soda on hand. About once a month, pour about a quarter of a cup of it down all your drains kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, tubs — followed by very warm water. This will help keep your drains clog-free. If you do experience clogs, don’t be tempted by chemical drain cleaners. They can actually cause damage to your system.

As you keep up on your plumbing maintenance, you might come across a problem that needs professional attention. For answers to any of your plumbing questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.