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An Essential Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Every Homeowner Needs

An Essential Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Every Homeowner Needs

As a homeowner, ensuring your plumbing system runs smoothly is essential for a stress-free living environment. Regular maintenance can prevent costly repairs and unexpected emergencies. Here’s a comprehensive checklist to keep your plumbing in top shape throughout the year. If you experience plumbing issues that you’re not comfortable dealing with, give us a call!

Monthly Checks:

  1. Inspect Faucets and Fixtures:   – Look for leaks in faucets, showerheads, and visible pipes.

   – Check for mineral build-up or corrosion.

  1. Test Drains:

   – Ensure sinks, showers, and tubs drain quickly without pooling water.

   – Clear minor clogs with a natural solution of baking soda and vinegar.

  1. Check Toilets:

   – Ensure toilets flush properly and do not run continuously after flushing.

   – Look for signs of leaks around the base or tank.

Quarterly Tasks:

  1. Inspect Water Heater:

   – Flush the water heater to remove sediment buildup, improving its efficiency and lifespan.

   – Check for leaks or unusual noises coming from the unit.

  1. Examine Washing Machine Hoses:

   – Inspect hoses for cracks, bulges, or leaks; replace if needed.

   – Ensure the connections are secure.

  1. Test Sump Pump (if applicable):

   – Pour water into the sump pit to confirm the pump activates and drains properly.

   – Clean the pit of any debris.

Biannual Maintenance:

  1. Check Exposed Pipes:

   – Inspect visible pipes for signs of corrosion, leaks, or damage.

   – Seal any gaps or cracks to prevent future issues.

  1. Inspect Gutters and Downspouts:

   – Ensure gutters are clear of debris to prevent water backup, which can lead to plumbing issues.

   – Check downspouts for clogs or damage.

Yearly Tasks:

  1. Schedule Professional Inspection:

   – Hire a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection of your plumbing system.

   – Include checks for leaks, water pressure, and overall system health.

  1. Test Water Pressure:

   – Use a pressure gauge to test water pressure; optimal pressure ranges between 40-80 psi.

   – High or low pressure can indicate underlying problems.

  1. Inspect Sewer Lines:

   – Consider scheduling a video inspection of sewer lines to detect tree root intrusion, blockages, or deteriorating pipes.

Address Issues Early!

By adhering to this plumbing maintenance checklist, homeowners in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas can proactively identify and address potential issues before they escalate. Remember, when faced with complex plumbing problems or if unsure about any maintenance task, consulting a professional plumber is always a wise decision. Invest in regular maintenance to safeguard your home and avoid costly repairs down the line.

Contact Us

Keith Lawson Services has served the Tallahassee area, providing uncommonly good Red Carpet service for more than 40 years. If we can be of service to you, please feel free to give us a call at 850-562-2000, or email us at info@keithlawson.com.