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Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Every plumbing system requires routine care by a plumbing service to function optimally and avoid expensive repairs in the future. This comprehensive guide by Mr. Rooter Plumbing gives you a full home plumbing maintenance checklist so your pipes remain in great condition!

1. Check for Leaks

Make it part of your plumbing maintenance to inspect all faucets, pipes, and fixtures regularly for visible signs of a leak - even small drips can add up over time and drive up water consumption and your bill.

2. Test Water Pressure

Use a pressure gauge to check your home's water pressure; overly high levels could put undue stress on the plumbing system, and should it exceed 80 PSI, installing a pressure-reducing valve may help protect it over time.

3. Clean Faucet Aerators

Mineral deposits may build up over time in your faucet aerators and decrease water flow, so regularly clean and unclog them to maximize performance and ensure optimal flow rates.

4. Inspect Exposed Pipes

When performing quarterly plumbing maintenance, inspect exposed pipes carefully for signs of corrosion, rust, or damage to address them quickly before leaks develop or pipe failure occurs.

5. Check Toilet Flappers

A malfunctioning toilet flapper can save an excessive amount of water. Inspect and replace it if necessary to stop this wastage of precious resources.

6. Test Sump Pump

To ensure proper functioning during rainy seasons, periodically testing your sump pump should be carried out to make sure everything runs as designed.

7. Flush Your Water Heater

Buildup can accumulate inside of your water heater over time, decreasing efficiency. To reduce sediment buildup in your heater and preserve performance, take steps every three months to drain and flush your unit for at least 30 minutes to flush away sediment accumulations and ensure optimal functioning.

8. Perform Semi-Annual Plumbing Maintenance

Inspect washing machine hoses for wear or bulge and replace if necessary. Check for wear on washing machine hoses to detect signs of wear, bulges, or leakage to reduce flooding risks and replace them as necessary to protect future machines from possible failure.

9. Clean Showerheads

Regularly remove mineral deposits from your showerhead to maintain good water flow and avoid potential clogs and stoppage.

10. Examine Your Garbage Disposal

Monitor the operation and performance of your garbage disposal for any abnormal noises or blockages, running it with ice cubes to clean its blades and maintain efficiency.

11. Test Emergency Shut-Off Valves

Ensure all emergency shut-off valves for your plumbing fixtures are working smoothly, as an emergency shut-off may need to be executed quickly in case of a leak or plumbing crisis.

12. Schedule Annual Plumbing Maintenance

Have a licensed plumber conduct an annual inspection to identify hidden problems and recommend maintenance or repairs to keep your system in peak condition.

13. Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow, potentially damaging your foundation and basement. Clean them annually to reduce potential water-related issues.

14. Monitor Water Softener

To maintain optimal performance from your water softener, regularly check its salt levels and replenish when necessary. Doing this ensures the softener operates optimally.

15. Conduct an Inspection of the Sewer Line

Have your sewer inspected professionally to check for tree root intrusion and possible blockages to reduce costly sewer backups and backups. Acting early can save both money and headaches!

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Our commitment is to meet all your plumbing needs professionally. From minor repairs and installations to emergency service calls and more complex emergencies like frozen pipes bursting, our highly qualified plumbers provide top-quality solutions that you can rely on, ensuring that your plumbing runs seamlessly and efficiently for decades.

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