Regular home maintenance tasks are an important part of being a homeowner. Performing annual or semi-annual checks of all of your home’s systems can prevent expensive repairs later and ensure that all of your systems are functioning at peak efficiency. If you don’t typically pay attention to your pipes and plumbing fixtures until a problem arises, it’s time to change that. Here’s a list of what you should be checking every year to maintain your home’s plumbing in Sacramento, CA.
Check for Leaks
You probably assume that you’ll notice a leak relatively quickly, but this isn’t always true. So, it’s worth taking the time now and then to inspect your plumbing for any leaks thoroughly. Here are some places to check:
- Toilets – Check that the flappers are sealing tightly so that the toilet doesn’t run more often than it needs to. It would help if you also looked around the base of the toilet for any moisture pooling there.
- Faucets – Turn on all the faucets to look for water leaking around the handles or faucet base. Look under the sinks, too for any leaks or drips from those pipes.
- Showerheads – Turn it on and check for any stray spray or drips around the head and neck of the shower.
- Appliances – Check for water pooling under dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators. You should also check your water heater or boiler.
Springtime is also a good time to thoroughly inspect your outdoor spigots and garden hoses for cracks and leaks before you start using them regularly on your lawn. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, be sure to inspect your sprinkler lines and observe them operating the first time you run them in the spring.
Test Shut-Off Valves
Water supply shut-off valves aren’t something that you need to use very often—at least, we hope not. But when you need to use them, you must know how to operate them and work properly. So, testing your shut-off valves annually has two purposes: ensuring you know where the valves are and how they work and ensuring that they work correctly.
Test the shut-off valves for every appliance in your home. You should also test the emergency shut-off that will cut off the water supply to your entire home.
Flush Your Water Heater
It’s a good idea to flush your water heater annually. This helps to remove sediment buildup in the bottom of your water tank. The buildup can impact the efficiency and overall water storage capacity for your water heater, leading to insufficient hot water in your home. Sediment can also cause the tank to start leaking and require you to replace it sooner.
If you have a tankless water heater, you don’t need to worry about this.
Inspect Visible Pipes
Take the time to inspect all pipes that are visible in your home. This includes pipes under the sink, near appliances, and anywhere else that you can easily view the plumbing yourself. It would help if you were looking for any loose connections that need tightening—something you can easily handle yourself. Of course, you should also look for moisture or active leaks on the pipes themselves, but this is something you should have a professional fix if you find it. Finally, look for discoloration of your pipes, too; this could be a sign of corrosion, which means you may need to replace the pipes.
If you spot any issues during your plumbing maintenance check, contact Bullseye Leak Detection for professional plumbing repair in Sacramento. We can handle everything from water heater replacements to repiping your home or repairing main water leaks. Give us a call today!