When you own your own home, maintenance takes up a large portion of off time. You can’t afford to become slack with it, as neglect seems to initiate a domino effect of repairs when you do. Your home’s plumbing in Houston is only one of the components that require routine care to maintain, though it is one of the most problematic when neglected.
The fact is there are elements of plumbing that we never think of, and a problem with one aspect of plumbing can escalate into a problem for all of the plumbing if it is allowed to go so far. Prevention and timely repair is the key to keeping the plumbing operational, and for preventing damage to the home. The following checklist will help to ensure a proper inspection by homeowners, and to identify when it is time for repair of your home’s plumbing in Houston.
A number of homeowners prefer to leave a plumbing inspection to the professionals. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can provide an inspection, and any necessary service or repair of your plumbing in Houston for you. Homeowners across Houston and the surrounding areas leave their plumbing maintenance to our dedicated plumbers, leaving them with peace of mind, and carefree plumbing.
Homeowners Plumbing Checklist
- Inspect exposed pipes for leaks. Exposed pipes run through the walls, floor or through the foundation of the home. An example is the water supply lines that connect to your kitchen faucet. Signs of a leak may be pooling water, wet pipes, damp walls, floor or cabinet bottoms, and water stains.
- Inspect metal pipes for corrosion. Corrosion can lead to leaky pipes and connections in the home’s plumbing in Houston. If corrosion is present it may be time for a replacement.
- Showerheads are vulnerable to hard water and sediment buildup. Over time, the showerhead can clog, leading to reduced water pressure. Cleaning with vinegar or lemon juice soaks can clear the buildup.
- Check the drains of showers, sinks, and tubs. Slow drainage and gurgling can be a sign of a clogged drain, clogged sewer line or plumbing vent pipe in the home’s plumbing in Houston.
- Flush each toilet to ensure a proper flush, and observe to ensure that it cuts off. Check the toilet parts inside of the tank for signs of rust, wear, breakage or deterioration. Check around the toilet for any signs of leaks. Signs of a leak can be water, dampness, water stains or a rotting floor. Drop some food coloring into the tank water. If the color appears in the bowl the flapper is leaking. If you use chlorine tablets in the tank, it will cause rust of metal components and deterioration of rubber/plastic components.
- Check to ensure the toilets are firmly fastened to the floor. If there is any “give” in the floor surrounding a toilet, damage may be present due to a leak.
- Test the water pressure to outlets. Low water pressure may indicate sediment buildup within a shower head or faucet aerator. It may also indicate a problem in a water line or other causes.
- Check the caulking on bathroom fixtures. If broken, cracked or loose it can lead to water damage to floors and walls, as well as mold and mildew.
- Inspect the tiles in the shower, around sinks and tubs for cracking or being loose. This can indicate damage behind the tile due to a leak.
- Inspect the washing machine hoses and drain line for cracking, brittleness, wear or leakage.
- The water heater should be drained each year to remove sediment. Areas with extremely hard water may require more frequent draining.
- Inspect the gas water heater burner chamber for rust or holes. The flame should be blue in color with no presence of yellow. If yellow is present have a gas certified plumber inspect it.
- Check the area surrounding the hot water heater for any signs of a leak, such as water on the floor, water stains or leaks. An unusually elevated electric or gas bill may indicate a problem with the hot water heater.
- An unusually high water bill without any known cause (such as pressure washing the siding, or filling the pool), may indicate a water leak in your home’s plumbing in Houston.
- Inspect plumbing vents typically located on the roof. Remove any blockage by leaves, bird or squirrel nests. Check for vent cap damage.
Have your plumbing in Houston inspected annually to reduce the incidence of leaks and damage to your home. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg can inspect your plumbing in Houston and provide any necessary plumbing repair needed. We serve Houston and the surrounding areas. Thanks for visiting Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg.