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Plumbing Tasks You Should Complete by the End of the Year

December 2023 calendar

We made it through another year!

As we close out 2023, we want to express our gratitude for entrusting us with your plumbing needs.

And as we look ahead to 2024, we've put together a comprehensive year-end plumbing checklist to ensure your home's plumbing is in top shape for the upcoming year.

Here are the nine plumbing tasks you need to cross off your to-do list by the end of the year.

  1. Inspect and flush your water heater. It's easy to take hot water for granted, but the water heater is often the unsung hero of your home. Sediment buildup can reduce its efficiency over time. Before the year ends, give your water heater some love by inspecting for leaks and flushing out sediment. This simple task can extend the life of your water heater and improve its performance.
  2. Check for leaks. Undetected leaks can lead to water damage, mold growth, and increased water bills. Take the time to inspect faucets, toilets, and under sinks for any signs of leaks. A quick fix now can save you from major plumbing emergencies down the road.
  3. Winterize exterior plumbing, if you live in a cold climate. Winter is here, and it's crucial to protect your plumbing, including pipes and fixtures, from freezing temperatures. Disconnect and store garden hoses, insulate exposed pipes, and consider adding insulation to crawl spaces and attics to prevent water pipes from freezing.
  4. Test your sump pump. If you have a sump pump, test it to ensure it's in good working condition. Heavy rains and melting snow can lead to flooding, and a functioning sump pump is your first line of defense against water damage in the basement.
  5. Clean and maintain your drains. Clogged drains can disrupt your daily routine. Before the year ends, invest in drain screens for sinks and tubs to catch hair and debris. Consider using a safe and eco-friendly drain cleaner to keep your pipes flowing smoothly.
  6. Inspect your toilet. A running toilet can waste a lot of water and increase your water bill. Check for leaks, inspect the tank components, and replace any worn-out parts to ensure your toilet operates efficiently.
  7. Check your water pressure. Inconsistent water pressure can be frustrating and may indicate underlying issues. Check the water pressure in your home and consider installing a pressure regulator if needed. This simple device can protect your plumbing fixtures and appliances from unnecessary wear and tear.
  8. Service your garbage disposal. With holiday cooking and gatherings, your garbage disposal is likely to be working overtime. Run a mixture of ice and salt through it to clean the blades, and follow up with a lemon or vinegar to eliminate any lingering odors.
  9. Schedule a professional plumbing inspection. While DIY maintenance is essential, nothing beats a professional inspection. Schedule a plumbing check-up with your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing to catch any potential issues before they escalate. Our plumbers are here for all of your installation and repair needs!

By completing this year-end plumbing checklist, you'll not only ensure the longevity of your plumbing system, but also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a well-maintained home.

We look forward to servicing your home’s plumbing in the new year. Give us a call at 1-877-BEN-1776, or contact us online!

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