Home » Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Plumbing Maintenance Tips

One of the most frequent deficiencies we see during inspections, is plumbing maintenance issues. You can avoid being at the mercy of a contractor and your house will be in tip-top condition with some quick plumbing maintenance. Here are some tips:

    • Keep sink drains and strainers clean by regularly removing food and pouring a pot of boiling water down drains every month.

Plumbing Cartoon

    • Keep drains and the dishwasher free of fat, grease, and coffee grounds.
    • Never pour paint or chemicals into drains.
    • To prevent odor and to keep garbage disposals clean, flush with one pot of hot water and a half-cup of baking soda each month through the system.
    • Replace any patched pipes, since patches are meant to be only temporary.
    • Tubs, sinks, shower stalls, basins, and toilets should be checked periodically to ensure that they are free of cracks, rust, and other forms of surface damage.
    • Fixtures should be firmly attached to the wall or floor. Caulk and putty seals should be in good condition to prevent water damage.
    • Have the water heater inspected annually and check it for rust or leakage periodically. However, do not mistake condensation for leakage. If there is water in the relief drain valve, it should be checked immediately by a plumber.
    • Drain a few gallons of water out of water heaters every six months to prevent sediment buildup.
    • Sump pumps need to be connected to surface grade or to a storm drain. Sump pumps should not be connected to a septic tank or to a sewage system because these systems are not capable of handling large amounts of water. Also, all sump pumps should have a dedicated outlet.