Check around pipes in every bathroom as well as the kitchen and laundry room to make sure there are no moist areas where small drips may be occurring. While you’re looking around, check the water supply valves for every sink and toilet to make sure they’re operating properly. From non-use they may get stuck in their open position and not work when you need them to shut the water off to that fixture. Tip—rightsy tightsy, lefty loosen; therefore, if you have valves to turn, to close you turn all the way to the right and to open turn all the way to the left. Note: be sure to locate and check the most important shutoff valve of all – your main one to shut down your home quickly.
Turn the shower and sinks on and off in those guest bathrooms that don’t get used often to be sure they are operating properly. Also run the water a few seconds in that bathroom that doesn’t get used often to prevent the water in the traps from evaporating and allowing sewer gases to pass into the home.
Flush each of your toilets and watch to make sure they are flushing properly and refilling afterward. If you need to hold the handle down or jiggle it, you may need to tighten and adjust some parts. Note: place a few drops of food coloring in all your toilet tanks and wait approximately 20 minutes before going around to flush them. If the coloring has seeped into the bowl, your tank is leaking water. One leaking toilet can waste up to 40,000 gallons of water per year that you are paying for.
Remove the strainer in your shower’s drain and thoroughly clean any residue to prevent future clogging. Remove your shower head and place in vinegar to soak overnight to remove any mineral deposits.
Test any outside faucets and hose bibs to make sure water is running correctly. If the faucet drips, or if there is leaking in your house the first time you turn it on, chances are there is a crack in a pipe. You can give us a call to have it replaced.
Look around your water heater for signs of occasional dripping that may have occurred from the valves. Look for rust spots on top from a pipe dripping, and water in the drain pan. This is especially important if you are one of those homeowners that has their water heater in an attic. Be sure the water valve works by opening and closing it.
Run the washing machine in the spin and drain cycle. At the same time go to the bathroom on a first floor closest to the front of the house and listen for any gurgling sounds from the toilet or shower if a full bath.
Remember, it is best to do these checks during the day rather than at midnight when you are having trouble sleeping. However, Three Way Plumbing is just a phone call away if you need us for any reason.
If you would rather not worry about these potential issues that could lead to eventual emergency calls, consider The Three Way Plumbing Maintenance Agreement Partner Plan. For pennies a day, one of the many benefits is an annual thorough inspection of your home’s entire plumbing and drain system.
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