Every room needs some maintenance and care to make sure that they are able to healthily and safely take care of your needs. However, there are some parts of the home that need more attention than the others. Alongside your heating and air conditioning if you have it, your plumbing is a part of the home that you can’t let fall into degradation. As such, it’s a good idea to make a few checks every year, including the following.

The taps

Glass of water being filled from the tap
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The taps throughout the home are some of the easiest to check for issues. Turn them on, let them run for a few seconds, and turn them off. Leaks will need a plumber to fix, but if you notice that any are feeling stuck or harder to turn, you might be to fix it yourself if you can replace the washer. This commonly wears out on hot water taps. Just be sure to turn the water off at the mains.

The pipes

The pipes are the veins of the household plumbing, you have to make sure they’re all working effectively. Leaks, damage, and blocks can hold up your entire water supply so be sure to check the pipes wherever you can and invest in replacements like decent metal pipe if you need to. A plumbing inspection might be necessary to find any hidden issues, but most pipe problems are fairly simple to spot.

The drains

You should do a health check of all of the drains around the home. A way to do this is to fill the sink or bath up with enough water that the drains are going to have to run for a few seconds to clear away the water. Keep an ear and nose out for the signs of blocked drains, including slow drainage, unpleasant odours, and gurgling noises. If you sense any, you might be able to plunge it or use a chemical drain cleaner.

The gutters

It's a good idea to check the guttering on your house for leaf blockages before the winter sets in
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It might not always be considered part of the plumbing system, but it involves safely directing water away from the home so we’ll put a reminder here. Gutters can get blocked, especially after bad weather, so check to see that there isn’t leaves and debris blocking them. If there is, clear it out, or it can start to lead to leaks going down the wall and even working their way through the cracks of the home since there’s nowhere else for the water to go.

The sewage systems

You might not consider it a part of the home worth looking at very often, but you should always keep an eye out for the signs of a sewer clog that might be about to happen. If you see any of these, then you need to get a plumber ASAP to clear it up.

You might not need to get an annual servicing for your plumbing, you might do just fine with checking it once a year and reporting in if there are problems. Don’t think that it should stay out of mind just because it’s out of sight. Make the effort to check on it so you don’t get surprised.

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