Many plumbing problems come and go. However, you need to act on them before they get worse. To help you figure out the possible plumbing problems you have in your home, here’s a checklist you can use as reference:
Visual inspection is the easiest and yet most forgotten step in examining for plumbing problems. You don’t need advanced tools to perform this. You can start with looking at the exposed pipes and see if they leak. If the pipes are inside the walls, you can look for obvious watermarks.
Aside from pipe leaks, another common problem is the toilet. Maybe it also leaks or it fails to flush properly. Or maybe the toilet is actually unstable from the floor where it’s installed.
It’s good if you address any toilet problem immediately. The call of nature doesn’t choose a convenient time. You and your family should be able to count on your toilet anytime. Also, visitors should not see that your toilet is not working properly.
For stability, gently try to move the toilet. If it rocks or it slightly moves, this is a problem because water from the toilet while flushing might leak on to the floor.
To make sure the interior parts are working perfectly, look if one is rusted or broken. If you suspect that one part looks far from normal, consult a plumbing professional.
It’s advisable to prevent water heater problem early on. Early morning or at night, you and your family need warm comfortable water. If the hot water unit doesn’t perform well, it can be a huge inconvenience.
How do you know if your hot water unit is starting to malfunction? One way is to check the thermostat and the actual “hotness” of the water. If you feel that the water temperature doesn’t match what’s indicated on the thermostat, your hot water unit is no longer efficient.
Maybe there is too much sediment or a few parts are not working well. The solution is to have it repaired or better, to sign up for a routine maintenance.
Aside from a consistent and steady water supply, you also need it to be of enough pressure so you can smoothly perform your daily activities (e.g. showering, washing).
That’s why it’s good to occasionally check the actual water pressure. If it’s unreasonably low, more serious problems might be present. For example, a low water pressure in the shower might mean that particles have accumulated in the shower head. As a result, the water has a hard time passing through.
The same thing can happen in faucets. If the water pour is weak and slow, there might be some sediment blocking the way. It’s also possible that there are leaks which is why water pressure is low.
It seems normal. But when the sink drains water slowly, it’s a sign of a bigger problem.
One such problem is that accumulated debris or a large enough object is preventing the water from freely passing through. Slowly but surely, the accumulated debris will be large enough to completely block the water.
What happens is that it will be a hassle (especially during holidays and other celebrations). Another thing is that you might notice an unpleasant odour near your sink. The accumulated dirt and debris might be causing that smell.
To prevent plumbing problems from becoming worse, it’s good to perform a regular inspection and a routine maintenance.
If you spotted a problem after using this checklist, you can contact us now so we can provide you affordable plumbing solutions.