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Bathroom Inspection

  • Toilet

    • Not leaking (test by seeing if food coloring leaks from the tank into the bowl after 10 minutes, then flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining)

    • Lift lid and check that water does not continue to run after flush cycle

    • Wax ring properly seals base to drain opening (no seeping water, toilet does not rock)

  • Faucets

    • Check sink, shower, and tub faucets weekly (replace bad washers or cartridges to remedy dripping)

    • Proper water pressure should be between 40 to 85 PSI (high water pressure stresses pipe joints and can cause leaks)

    • Spray pattern is regular (may otherwise indicate calcium build up on the aerator)

    • Remove calcium buildup on faucets with white vinegar

Preventative Maintenance #3

  • Drains

    • Test speed drainage (if bubbles appear while draining, it’s usually a sign of a slow drain, as drains should display a swirl while going down)

    • Periodically disassemble drain traps to remove hair and debris

    • Snake out the branch drains to remove clogs before they become blockages

    • Check all caulk beads along shower floors and walls to ensure there are no gaps (seal any gaps with fresh caulk to prevent water from getting behind the walls)

    • Look for signs of a leak (water stains or small puddles)

Kitchen Inspection

  • Sink

    • Clean drain occasionally with a mild solution to break up regular buildup

    • Do not use chemical clog removers that can erode cast-iron pipes and damage the cement that bonds PVC pipes together

    • Avoid pouring food scraps, cooking oils, and liquid grease down the drain

    • Monitor strainer area and the P-trap (replace once corroded and tighten fittings, if necessary)

    • Ensure faucet does not drip once lever is closed

    • Check beneath the sink for rotted wood that may indicate a leak

  • Garbage Disposal

    • Always turn on water and disposal before adding food

    • Never put fibrous, stringy food wastes down the disposal

    • Run cold water for 15 seconds after

    • Clean garbage disposal whenever it begins to smell foul according to the manufacturer’s advice

    • Periodically inspect drain connection points at the sink and dishwasher for leaking

    • Tighten or replace gaskets if signs of leaking are detected

plumbing inspection

  • Dishwasher

    • Run the dishwasher at night to maintain good water pressure throughout the day

    • 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

  • Refrigerator

    • Inspect water hose for signs of wear

    • Replace water and ice filter twice per year

Around the House

  • Washing Machine

    • Look for signs of bulging in rubber hose (hoses that burst when homeowners are away cause expensive damages)

    • Clean washing machine lint traps

    • Ensure valves completely stop the flow of water when shut off

  • Water Heater

    • Signs of leaking around the base may indicate a faulty valve

    • Also look for leaking at the inlet and exit pipes on top of the water heater

    • Have a professional perform a tune-up annually and flush the tank every three years (extends the life of your heater and decreases the risk of untimely breakdowns)

Preventative Maintenance #1

  • Sewer Main

    • Have a professional snake the sewer main annually to clear tree roots (septic tanks should be pumped every few years)

  • Irrigation System

    • Replace washers or cartridges on leaking outdoor hose spigots

    • Winterize lawn systems to prevent freezing and ruptured pipes in cold temperatures