The Plumbing Checklist Every Homeowner Must Have

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The Plumbing Checklist Every
Homeowner Must Have
Brought to you by ABC Plumbing and Rooter Co.

Maintenance is Key
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As a homeowner, you are learning quickly that consistent
maintenance is required to keep your home up and running.
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One of the greatest ways to cut down these costs in the future
is prevention.

Keep an Eye on Plumbing
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In a perfect world, plumbing would be a one and done investment.
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Unfortunately it's not, and if you don't take care of routine
maintenance you will be spending more in the long run.
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Fortunately, you don't need to be a plumber to make sure you are
taking the necessary steps toward making things run smoothly.

Plumbing as a System
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While plumbing is technically one entire system, you need to keep
in mind the many places it is utilized in your home - the kitchen,
bathroom, laundry room, sprinkler system etc.

Home Plumbing Checklist
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ABC Plumbing and Rooter Co. is here to provide some pointers on
plumbing maintenance.
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With this home plumbing checklist, you can keep on top of
problems before they happen, saving you both time and money.
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These checks are recommended at least annually, but many find
that being on the constant lookout for leaks and running through
the checklist twice a year can be beneficial.

Regular Visual Inspection
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This is the most simple, but commonly overlooked, maintenance
routine.
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Being alert and aware of the outward signs of an inward plumbing
problem can help keep larger issues at bay.
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From the moment your plumbing installation is complete you are
going to want to be vigilant of any changes or abnormalities.
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We'll walk you through some of the most critical components of a
visual inspection routine.

Regular Visual Inspection
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Where exposed pipes are present be sure to look for any signs of
leakage.
- For pipes which are confined to the walls or the foundation, look for
watermarks coming through the wall, floor or ceiling in addition to any
puddles.
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In these same areas, look for corrosion.
- If corrosion is taking place in your home, you will start to notice greenish
stains around copper and brass pipes and valves.
- On steel pipes, the color will be more of an orange or yellow stain.

Regular Visual Inspection
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Look in the tank of your toilet periodically.
- Do any of the parts look like they are broken or turning rust colored?
- If so, these should be replaced right away.
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Look for mildew near any of your plumbing.
- This is a sign that water is seeping through where it shouldn't be.
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Also, be on the lookout for cracked or broken flooring (tile) as this
could be a result of water pooling beneath.

Regular Visual Inspection
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Inspect the water heater for signs of rust.
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Make sure there are no cracks in your washing machine hoses
where water may be leaking.
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Look for areas of caulking that are no longer sealed.
- This will reveal where new caulking is needed.
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Check the area where the sewer pipes leave the home to make
sure no leaking is taking place.

Test Each System
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In addition to visually inspecting your plumbing you will also want
to take a more hands on approach.
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This will require simple testing to see if the systems are working
correctly.
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The following are recommended approaches.