Delays in calling a plumber may end with the problem becoming more serious and the cost of repair or replacement being much higher. With a maintenance checklist, you will know exactly what checks to do and the signs of trouble to keep an eye out for that will inform you to call a plumber.
Here are some of the routine checks that you can easily do on your own and pointers that you need the services of a plumber.
Check the Pipes for Corrosion
Low PH, high levels of oxygen in the water, higher water temperatures and velocities and chemical drainers can contribute to pipe corrosion. Leaks can also cause your water pipes to corrode from the outside.
Your rusted water pipes need replacing because they break quite easily and will only adversely affect the quality of water flowing through them. If you notice signs of corrosion, call the plumber. An expert plumber should be able to recommend more corrosion-resistant pipe options, and strategies such as avoiding chemical drainers, that will not contribute to the corrosion.
Check for Leaks
Signs of an active leakage include water puddles around a fixture or faucet. You can also look out for build-ups of mould and mildew. Ensure that you go around your home looking for these signs. Check the toilets and sinks. Leaks can drive up your water bill, not to mention that they may cause damage to your drywall. Leaks are fairly easy to fix, and where need be, the plumber may have to replace the parts causing the leaks.
Check the Water Pressure
You have every reason to call a plumber if you notice drastic pressure fluctuations. If the water pressure drops too low, you won't have enough of it flowing through your taps, causing a lot of inconveniences when you want to run a shower or do the dishes. On the other hand, if the water pressure is too high, it can burst the water pipes, which will call for replacement.
Observe Drains' Flow Rate
If you pay enough attention, you should be able to tell when your drains start getting clogged. You can observe that the flow rate becomes slow and inconsistent even before it becomes a full-on clog. A plumber can diagnose the cause of the clog, and you won't have to deal with standing water and the foul smell from blocked drains.
Know what to check, and you can call a plumber before you have serious plumbing problems on your hands.