Spending another day in your home to keep up with the social distancing? Have you been looking for way to spend your time that leave you feeling productive and leaving a good impact for the better of your home and family? This article today aims to help you find an easy and highly useful means to do just that. We are talking about, of course, the plumbing system throughout your home. Not only does your plumbing make up about 15 percent of your home’s total value, but when your plumbing fails, it can cause a large amount of damage to the surrounding areas of your home. So essentially, plumbing repairs not only increase the value of your home, but they can prevent the large cost associated with the repairs that will need to be made when a problem occurs, like a broken or leaking pipe.
The following checklist will help point you in the right direction for plumbing checks you can do to determine potential problems and know how to approach fixing the problems, whether you choose a DIY option, or determine calling a professional is best.
- Check your sinks, tubs, and shower faucets for leaks
- Check for variants in water pressure and/or irregular spray patterns
- Check your sink, tub, and shower drains for clogs.
- Check for toilets that continuously run or do not sit stable on the floor.
- Check for leaks around the base of your toilet.
- Check for intact caulking around your tubs and showers.
- Check your garbage disposal for a foul smell or leaks.
- Check if your dishwasher is slow to fill or drain,
- Check your fridge water supply hose for wear,
- Have your septic line and field checked regularly.
- Check vent pipes for clogs.
- Check your water heater for leaking.
- Check if your sump pump is operating properly.
- Check your outdoor spigots for leaks.
- Inspect your lawn irrigation system.
- Check your washing machine hoses for signs of wear.
After you have completed this checklist, do some research on the fixes you may want to try to perform yourself and the fixes you think require professional intervention to be done properly and avoid further damage. If you decide you need a professional’s help, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.