Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

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Regular plumbing maintenance can keep your home’s plumbing system working properly all year. Plumbing maintenance takes only a little time and it will help minimize plumbing problems that will require more time and money to repair.

Bathroom

  • Fix leaking faucets or showers. A small leak in a faucet or shower could get worse over time. The amount of water that is leaking may seem insignificant, but even a little water can cause water damage which can be quite costly to repair. Not to mention the gallons of wasted water that a leak can produce. ​Check for faucets leaks regularly to catch them early.
  • Clear slow drains. Debris that collects in sink and tub drains will cause the water to drain slower and slower over time. It only takes a few minutes to clear the debris out of the drain and get it flowing again. This should be done every few months or when you notice a drain slowing down.
  • Clean faucet aerators. Calcium builds up inside a faucet aerator over time and it can obstruct the flow of water. You may notice weak water pressure or an irregular spray in the faucet or shower as the calcium build up. To fix this problem just remove the aerators and clean them out on a regular basis.
  • Fix running toilets. The working parts of a toilet can start to wear down over time and cause problems. Often this involves running water such as when the toilet handle sticks and it needs a little jiggle or you hear water running when the toilet is not flushed. It may seem like it is not a big issue but a running toilet can waste an incredible amount of water. Often the repair that is needed is quick and inexpensive. Fixing a running toilet should be a regular item on your plumbing maintenance checklist.

    Kitchen

    • Check for kitchen sink leaks. The kitchen sink gets a lot of use and can often be the source of leaks. Leaks can occur at the faucet, at the sink strainers, at the garbage disposal, or from any sink accessories. Check the top and bottom of the sink carefully for any active leaks or signs of water damage on a regular basis.
    • Check for garbage disposal leaks and maintenance requirements. The garbage disposal can also be a source of leaks that can easily go unnoticed. Check the garbage disposal for signs that it is developing a leak. Also, it is a good idea to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining your unit.
    • Clean the kitchen sink drain. Consider using a mild homemade drain cleaner through your kitchen sink drain on a regular basis. This will help to break up the usual buildup in the drain and keep the water flowing.

    Septic and Sewer

    The main line stoppage or a sewer backup is a serious plumbing problem that is best to avoid. Regular maintenance is the best way to do this.

    • Maintain the septic system. To avoid problems with your septic system have it inspected regularly. Septic tank pumping is an important part of maintaining the septic system and an inspection will let you know when pumping is necessary.
    • Maintain your sewer main. If you have regular main line stoppages try to prevent them through regular maintenance. Be aware of how your sewer main line is functioning and how long it usually takes between stoppages. For houses where tree roots cause regular sewer main problems, it is a good idea to schedule regular sewer main snaking as a preventive measure. Look out for the signs of a sewer drain clog and catch it before you have a full stoppage.

      General

      • Check water pressure. Avoid putting additional stress on your home's plumbing system by ensuring that the water pressure is at a safe level. It only takes a few minutes to test water pressure with a pressure gauge. If the pressure is too high install or repair/replace the pressure regulator to bring it down to a safe level.