If you’ re like most home owners, then you, in all probability, regard your residence as one of the most significant investments made in your life. With that said, it is only logical for you to want to defend and shield that investment from any peril or impairment. Well, water is probably the most essential element in our life but can cause lots of damage when it comes to a home. This is why proper plumbing and maintenance is so very important to the existence and quality of your home.
It doesn’t sound too daunting to have a small insignificant leak of moisture inside of your home, however, like the Chinese used as a weapon of torture, a small drop of water over a long period of time can do relentless damage to your home. Just a gradual amount of water can damage paint, it can encourage mold buildup, it can rot wooden beams and trusses, saturate insulation, short out wiring and encourage rust; the list is endless.
There are, however, many steps you can take in preventive maintenance for your plumbing. It is recommended that you have some sort of working knowledge before you tamper with your own plumbing. If you’re unsure about anything related to plumbing then the best way to go is to call in a professional plumbing contractor. You don’t want to break what isn’t broken or cause yourself any more inconvenience.
Here are some simple, preventative things that you can do to make sure that your plumbing is up to par:
Look for any signs of leaks from exposed piping around your home. Signs of leaks could include water puddles in and around your foundation to watermarks on your ceiling.
Look for signs of weathering and corrosion on piping. This corrosion would be in the form of oxidation on the piping and if is evident needs to be replaced.
Check your toilets… make sure they are flushing properly.
Check your water pressure – If your water pressure is low there could be sediment build up within your lines or it could even be a sign of issues with your water lines.
Examine your faucets for any leaks.
Inspect your washer and dryer hoses for proper use.
Check your water heater for any signs of leaks or corrosion.
To allow small plumbing issues to go unnoticed or not corrected could cause catastrophic damages to your home and your pocketbook. Making sure that you inspect regularly and maintaining all piping and fixtures can greatly reduce your risk of dealing with any plumbing issues. It is clear that enforcing proper plumbing maintenance by yourself or with the help of a professional is necessary for a better quality of life for your home.