A properly functioning plumbing system is essential for the hygiene and comfort of your household. Unfortunately, it can be easy to overlook the maintenance of your plumbing until a problem rears itself. Certain plumbing problems are more common in the spring, such as burst pipes, but a routine spring inspection can identify potential problems so you can remedy them before they get out of hand. If you are ready to inspect your plumbing system this spring, here is a checklist you can utilize.

Slow or Clogged Drains

Does your shower, sink, or bathtub drain slowly? If it does, there could be a clog in your plumbing system. Most clogs won’t just go away independently, and most will worsen with time. In addition to this, clogs can start to smell, and bacteria, rotting food, and grease can accumulate. As clogs worsen, they can cause a buildup of pressure as well, which can result in burst pipes.

If your drain is clogged or slow, you may consider purchasing an over-the-counter drain cleaning solution. These products may work at first, but they often fail to eliminate all the built-up debris in your pipes. Some can even push clogs deeper into drains, making them harder to access. If your drain is clogged, it is probably best to contact a professional plumber.

Leaks

Plumbing fixtures can develop leaks over time, so you will want to have them inspected. Toilets and sinks are most likely to leak, so you wi

  • ll want to check your toilets and look under your sinks. Small leaks can quickly become serious problems if you leave them unattended for a long time, and they can cause damage to your home. As time progresses, moisture can accumulate, attracting bugs and other pests, which can be a major problem as well. If you notice any signs of leaks, you will want to call a plumber to handle them.

    Water Heaters

    Most water heaters last 10-15 years, and as yours reaches the end of its life, it will perform less efficiently and cause a host of other problems. Most likely, you will have to spend more on your energy bills. Keeping your water heater running properly involves scheduling regular maintenance, and if you notice a problem with your water heater, you must call a plumber as soon as possible. Common signs of a malfunctioning or dying water heater include:

    • No hot water
    • Water that smells
    • Rust-colored water
    • Pooling or leaking water

    Your home’s water heater works hard, and maintaining it can ensure it runs as long as it can.

    Running Toilets

    Does your toilet run all the time, even when it is not in use? If your toilet runs frequently, it could be wasting an enormous amount of water. This isn’t good for the environment, and it can lead to astronomical water bills. Some of the most common causes of a running toilet are:

    • Degraded flapper
    • Broken handle
    • Flapper chain needs to be replaced
    • Leaking fill valve

    Tending to your running toilet can save you a significant amount of money and prevent future plumbing issues.

    Damaged Pipes

    If you notice stains on your ceilings, floors, walls, or any area of your home, you may be dealing with a leaky pipe. Pipe leaks can cause serious damage to any home if left unattended. Some of the most common problems caused by pipe leaks include flooding, reduced water quality, black mold, and water-stained walls. Leaks come in a wide variety of sizes, and without professional plumbing help, it can be hard to detect the exact location of a leak.

    Bathroom Caulk

    The caulk around your shower and tub doesn’t necessarily qualify as a plumbing fixture, but if it fails, water from your tub or shower can seep under your floor and behind walls, resulting in extensive water damage. For this reason, you should occasionally inspect your caulking along the wall and floor to ensure it is intact. A plumber can seal any gaps they find using fresh caulk. You may need to do this every few years.

    Kitchen Appliances

    Here are some of the appliances you should check out:

    • Garbage disposer – Garbage disposer problems are typically found in the drain connections where your dishwasher discharges and connects to your disposer or runs to the drain sink. If your garbage disposer has a strange or strong odor, it may be time for a cleaning. If you experience any problems with your garbage disposal, you may need to have a plumber examine its connections or replace worn-out parts.
    • Dishwasher – A dishwasher that takes too long to fill may not be connected to its water supply hose properly. There may also be a problem with its shutoff valve. If it drains slowly or if water pools in the bottom of the dishwasher after a cycle, you may need a plumber to take a look at the water discharge hose for pinching or clogs.
    • Refrigerator – If there is a problem with your water supply line, it may be time to schedule an inspection.

    Contact Us

    Legacy Plumbing Experts offers a variety of plumbing services to Port St. Lucie and the West Palm Beach County areas. We specialize in working on plumbing fixtures and water heaters, and we can help you inspect your home’s plumbing system before spring sets in. Contact Legacy Plumbing Experts today to request service.

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