With the new decade, came even bigger and better New Year’s resolutions. From new work-out plans to reading more, from spending more time for yourself to getting involved in a hobby—we all made our lists. Now, it’s time to add one final resolution.

Here at Steve’s Plumbing, LLC, we are adding “plumbing maintenance” to your tasks for the new year. In 2020, you are going to keep your plumbing in tip-top shape so you have fewer breakdowns, better preserve your systems, and save money on utility costs.

Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

  1. Check for leaks.

Active leaks will manifest as wet spots on your walls, ceilings, and floors. When moisture builds-up in such a manner, you are in danger of mold growth. Make sure you don’t have leaks by ensuring your plumbing is up to date, your pipes are not frozen, and by keeping all foreign objects out of your plumbing.

  1. Look for corrosion.

Periodically inspect all visible plumbing fixtures and systems for corrosion. Limescale around faucets, showerheads, and plumbing fixtures, can indicate your pipes have reached the end of their lifespan.

  1. Pay attention to your water pressure.

If you notice a shift in your water pressure, you may have a leak in your plumbing system or a clogged pipe. The build-up of soap scum and other debris can cause your water supply pipes to become restricted, inhibiting the flow of water. Contact Steve’s Plumbing for drain cleaning.

  1. Test your valves.

You want to ensure all of your water shut-off valves are operational. This is extremely important in the case of an emergency. A malfunctioning valve can make the difference between a small puddle of water and a whole-home flood.

  1. Inspect your drains.

Slow drainage is a sign you have a clogged pipe. Schedule hydro jetting to release your blockage and restore proper water flow through your drains.

  1. Schedule regular water heater check-ups.

Your water heater needs annual cleaning and repairs. Hiring professionals to clean and maintain your system will prove beneficial—it will last longer and it will be increasingly reliable.

The Benefits of Regular Plumbing Maintenance

  1. Healthier living environment.

Ongoing plumbing problems typically lead to leaks. Mold will grow as a result, jeopardizing your indoor air quality. Additionally, when one of your plumbing pipes is blocked, the uneven pressure in your system can cause backflow. This compromises the integrity of your potable, drinking water.

Old pipes can also affect your water supply. If your pipes have aged out, rust can make its way through your fixtures and into your water glass. Habitual maintenance will keep your home healthy, and your mind at peace.

  1. Increase your system’s lifespans.

A well-looked after plumbing system is a healthy one. When regular maintenance is practiced, small malfunctions will be caught early, and your system won’t be able to breakdown early!

  1. Save money!

When your system is running efficiently, it will cost you less to supply water to your home. You will also save money on a replacement, as addressing small repairs costs significantly less than a brand new plumbing system.