A Change of Seasons
If only lighting a bunch of pumpkin spice candles were enough to prep your home for fall! While that is a crucial part of getting ready for the change of seasons, there are more important (and not exactly fun) things to prepare when you are a homeowner. Consider this need to know information before your house transitions from hot summer days to potentially freezing temperatures.
A plumbing inspection of your home can help determine if there are problems that need to be fixed immediately. Plumbing pipes and fixtures are an essential part of your home. In order to have them functioning perfectly, it is important to inspect them and do the necessary repairs in time. Leaving plumbing issues unattended can lead to adverse effects. Things like leaks in water flow can slowly graduate to larger problems that require replacement of equipment.
None of us like to have unexpected plumbing expenses on our plate. Having a systematic plumbing inspection checklist can help you cover all your plumbing issues and fix them before they get worse.
Having said that, your local Edmonton plumbers at Butler Plumbing have provided a brief checklist to keep handy when you schedule your home plumbing inspection.
Fall Home Checklist
✓ 1) Take a look at the water heater: Make sure it’s free of corrosion and rust, and that it isn’t dripping or leaking. Consider the location of water heater. Is it convenient? If it did leak, what would be damaged? This is perhaps one of the more important inspections to make, as the strength of your water heater can determine the cost of your utilities. We check shut off and pressure relief valves, as well as the electrical and/or gas valve connections. None of us want our water heaters to break down, especially in winter. That’s why it is best that your plumber inspects your water heater for any issues, such as a dysfunctional water heating element, corrosion, temperature, tank capacity, and strength of the water heater pipes.
✓ 2) Always look at the ceilings: In a multi-level house, check the ceiling in rooms that are underneath bathrooms or laundry rooms by looking for wet spots or staining.
✓ 3) Check your flooring: Check the flooring around toilets and sinks, as well as the dishwasher and refrigerator, to make sure there is no staining or warping. Floors should feel solid with no soft spots. For toilets, typically inspect the supply line and shut off valve, the flapper and flush valve, and the ballcock. A flush test will determine if there are leaks and if anything in the tank needs to be repaired or replaced.
✓ 4) Run all the faucets (sinks, showers, and tubs). Test out both the hot and cold water in each. Make sure there’s sufficient water pressure; if pressure is low, it’s a possible sign of a bigger issue. When you turn off the faucets, check that they don’t drip. Finally, make sure all drains are working properly.
✓ 5) Always check all of the pipes: On your plumbing fixtures make sure to check all of the pipes for leaks, rot, water pressure and other issues. This inspection will help determine minor issues and fix them before they turn into severe problems.
Call for Help!
If you’d rather let someone else check off all the necessary boxes while you spend your energy shoveling the snow from your driveway, no problem! Butler plumbing will be happy to do a complete home inspection.
Butler Plumbing is an established plumbing company. We have the best professional plumbers in Edmonton. Get in touch with us to get a plumbing inspection done for your home.CONTACT US NOW FOR YOUR PLUMBING INSPECTION