Even as a layperson, you can assess most of the plumbing inside of your home in order to determine which areas might need some special attention. By going through this home plumbing checklist, you can identify small issue before they become large issues so that you can take proper steps to repair them (or have them repaired by a professional). Here is a basic guide to checking your home’s plumbing.
Leaky faucets. It may not seem like a huge loss, but leaky faucets can actually cost you a lot of extra money on your monthly water bill. If you need proof of how much water a leaky faucet can waste, simply place a bucket underneath the faucet in question and leave it overnight.
Water pressure. Low water pressure may be indicative of something as simple as sediment buildup in a shower head, or as serious as a problem with the water lines that feed your water supply. If you experience low water pressure in any area of the house, then you need to get to the bottom of it.
Leaks. A leaky faucet is one thing, but leaky piping is something different altogether. This is generally a much more serious problem that requires much more complex repair work. If you notice wet spots on your walls, ceilings, or floors, then it may be that you need to repair and/or replace your piping – and pronto – before you incur serious water damage. Also, be on the lookout for mildew, which could be indicative of standing water (and a leak).
Corrosion. Corroded pipes can contaminate your water, or even further erode your plumbing, and need to be replaced right away. Look for green, yellow, or orange stains around shut off valves and pipe fittings to identify corrosion.
Caulking. Examine the caulking around your showers, sinks, and toilets. Replace any damaged or loose caulking to prevent leaks.
Water heater. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your water heater, impairing its ability to deliver hot water when you need it. Clean the tank regularly to prevent sediment buildup. Also, check the thermostats and heating element to make sure they are functioning properly.