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121 Rainbow Road
East Granby, CT 06026
Monday – Friday
7:00AM – 4:00PM EST
After hours by request
Homeownership is a big responsibility and for most, the source of our biggest expense. It’s important to keep up on maintenance around the house to protect the value of your investment. Preventative care is important as it can address plumbing issues before they become a costly problems. You can utilize one of these methods to get you off on the right foot.
- Schedule a Farmington Valley Plumbing visit to do a yearly full-house plumbing inspection for you.
- Use the checklist below of plumbing maintenance and preventative care tips to help take care of your home’s plumbing system.
Check caulking around sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers to insure a good seal.
Check for mildew
Mildew is caused by standing water that may have dried up.
Check for signs of water leaks
Check for signs of water leaks usually indicated by puddles of water, watermarks, or mildew. Check exposed pipes, where pipes run through the walls or at the foundation of your home.
Check for signs of corrosion
Look for any evidence of green stains or white crusting around brass and copper fittings or around shutoff valves. Corrosion can cause leaks and bad pipe connections if not fixed.
Check to see if your toilets rock when you push or pull on them. Make sure each toilet is flushing properly. Check inside the toilet for any broken, rusted, or missing parts. Make sure toilets do not continue running after flushed and that there are no signs of water around any toilets.
Make sure each sink is draining properly. Slow drainage usually indicates a clog in the drain or a blocked vent pipe. If bubbles appear when water is draining, this is usually a sign of a problem.
Make sure each of these drain properly. Just like your sink, if your shower or tub is draining slowly, it may be an indication of a problem.
Turn on all the faucets in your home to make sure that none are leaking from the handles or valves. Even a small leak wastes a lot of water over time and costs you higher utility bills.
Check washing machine hoses
Inspect your hose for cracks, brittleness or leaking. Washing machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency causing them to burst as they get older. To reduce the chances that your hoses will fail, it’s a good idea to inspect your washing machine hoses regularly. You may also want to upgrade to braided hoses.
Check for cracked tiles
Check for cracked tiles in the shower, around sinks or near water pipes. Hollow or loose tiles can be a sign that there is, or was, a leak that has caused rotting underneath or behind the tile.
Check water pressure
Low water pressure can be an indication that you have sediment build-up in the faucet or showerhead. It can also be a sign that you have a problem in the water line.
Check water heater
Your water heater should be drained and cleaned out once a year to remove sediment build-up. Signs that your water heater may have sediment buildup are rusty colored water coming from your fixtures, clothes not coming out of the washing machine as bright white as they should, a decrease in the amount of hot water available, and sometimes low water pressure can be an indication you have a problem.
Check garbage disposal
Inspect drain connection points at the sink and dishwasher for leaking. Also tighten or replace gaskets if signs of leaking are detected.
Watch and listen to the dishwasher when running. Slow fills may indicate a problem with the water supply hose. Check discharge hose for clogs or pinching.
Inspect water hose for signs of wear. Replace water and ice filter twice per year.
The numbers speak for themselves: fixing an easily corrected household water leak can save you about 10% on your monthly water bill.
The Cost of Preventative Maintenance vs. Reactive Maintenance
Clogged drain: $100 – $300 vs. $2,000 – $12,000
Broken water heater: $100 – $350 vs. $1,000 – $3,600
Low water pressure: $150 – $250 vs. $1,700 – $3,200
Source: Angie’s List