Plumbing is one of those modern-day conveniences that we rarely think about until we have a problem. But, as we all know nothing says pain in the neck more than a plugged toilet or a broken garbage disposal. Or worse, a burst pipe.
If you’re not the DIY type, you may not understand your home’s plumbing system all that well, but it’s really not that complicated. The trick is to gain a basic understanding of how everything works so you can maintain your system and prevent major problems before they start.
Here’s a basic plumbing checklist. Look it over and ask yourself whether any aspects of your plumbing system may be in need of attention, inspection or repairs.
1. Do you know where the shutoff valves are located?
You want to ensure that everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valves are located and how to operate them. If you’re not sure where they are, ask our Kansas City plumber to give you a tour, then label each one describing what it does and how to shut it off.
2. Have you checked for leaks lately?
Once in a while, you want to walk through your home and check all faucets, your water heater and exposed pipes for leaks. Don’t forget to regularly inspect your ceilings for any signs of a leak. If you see one, have it fixed right away.
3. When’s the last time you had your septic system checked by a licensed professional?
If your home is serviced by a septic system, have it inspected at least once a year by a licensed professional.
4. Do you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors near the water heater?
If you don’t, be sure to install them. This applies to furnaces as well.
5. Has a plumber checked your water heater’s ventilation system for fire hazards?
Make sure that you don’t have any flammable or combustible materials near the water heater. Have a licensed plumber check the water heater’s vents to ensure that they are working right and the room is properly ventilated.
6. Don’t pour grease down the kitchen sink’s drain.
Dispose of your grease in an old food jar or throw it in the trash. Never pour it down the kitchen drain.
7. Do you treat your toilet like a trashcan?
Don’t flush cotton balls, paper towels, baby wipes, feminine products, paper, cat litter, or anything else that’s not meant to be flushed. Otherwise, you could be in for a clog.
8. Do you run your garbage disposal dry?
Always run cold water down the garbage disposal while you grind up food waste.
9. Where the temperature is your water heater set at?
We tell our clients to periodically check the temperature of their water heater. Usually, water heaters should be set between 120 and 140 degrees. When you run the unit at lower temperatures, you’re saving money and extending the life of the water heater.