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Your Checklist to Prevent Potentially Expensive Plumbing Problems

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

How often do you think about your plumbing?  It’s easy to take for granted that you can turn on a tap and water will just start flowing, no problem.   

Unfortunately, many homeowners overlook issues that could develop into significant plumbing problems, and maybe even expensive water damage.

Because we know how difficult it can be to deal with a major plumbing leak, we want to make sure everybody knows about proper prevention.  The good news is that an easy visual inspection or simple test is often all it takes to ensure your plumbing is in good working condition and catch any problem before it becomes as major catastrophe.

Here’s a checklist of 4 common plumbing problems, and what you can do to prevent them from becoming a problem for you:

  1. Washing Machine

Did you know that the average washing machine will use up to 40 gallons of water each cycle?  With that much water pumping through, you want to be sure to check both the supply and wastewater lines about once a quarter.

Be on the lookout for any signs of wear-and-tear or damage – a tiny drip leak could quickly turn into a major water hassle.

  1. Sinks

One of the biggest wear-and-tear problems for sinks are the seals and washers which will deteriorate over time. When that happens, you may not only be dealing with wasted water but a potential mold problem too.

You’ll want to check under the sink cabinets for any signs of leaking, which could include dampness, deterioration, or odors.

  1. Toilet

When your toilet starts to wear down, it could lead to higher monthly water bills, or even potential flooding and major water damage.

In order to inspect your toilet, remove the tank lid and flush and make sure all the components (like the flush valve and flapper) are all in good working condition.

One easy way to check for a toilet leak is to add a couple drops of food coloring into the tank.  After a few hours, check the bowl – if you see the dye color, then you know there’s a leak problem.

  1. Showers & Tubs

Showers and tubs are often the most heavily used plumbing fixtures in a home, so it’s important to make sure everything is working properly.

You’ll want to check all the metal components like faucets, drains, and shower heads on a regular basis. You’ll also want to check the seals. If caulk deteriorates, it could lead to a mold problem behind your walls.

If you see any signs of damage or corrosion, or if you decide you’d like a professional opinion, our team of experts here at SERVPRO Hackensack / Little Ferry can help make sure you minimize any water damage. And if you do need more advanced help, know that we have all the specialized training and equipment necessary to handle even a large-scale water emergency.

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