You know what they say; it is better to prevent a problem than to handle the consequences of getting caught off-guard.
In this case, you are looking to prevent problems connected to the plumbing and heating of your home. More specifically, you want to prevent these problems without having to call an expert or to spend unnecessary money.
The good news is that there are plumbing and heating checks you can do yourself, meaning you don’t need to ring up a professional just to make sure everything is functioning properly. Even better news, you get to read about some of these checks right here.
The Plumbing Section
While we are going to kick off with the plumbing section of this basic guide, and you know how important healthy pipes can be. The worst part is when a pipe starts leaking in a place you don’t notice immediately, which gives it time to build up the damage.
On top of possible pipe leaks, you could be wasting water with leaking taps and toilets. So, if you want to stay up to date with the health of the plumbing system feeding your house, handle the following checks with acuteness.
– Check For Leaking Taps
It’s definitely the easiest place to start your plumbing check, and you are bound to find some taps are leaking. If the seals are worn out and the tap is old, it shouldn’t be any surprise why the leak exists. Fixing it can also be done by yourself, and one or two YouTube videos will show you exactly how.
– Check For Clogged Drains
This is a problem that will most probably surface around the exterior of the house, but it’s worth checking the interior drains as well. Drains that get clogged up don’t only cause a bad odour, but they can also lead to massive water damage. Using a drain snake and the right chemicals, you can make sure everything flows well.
– Check And Prevent Pipe Damage
Some of the pipes that carry water to your home might be visible. And if this is the case, you want to pay attention to their condition. For example, if they freeze they can burst. That’s why you take preventative measures like insulating the pipes and making sure they are properly connected.
– Check The Water Pressure
Even though high water pressure can feel good in the shower, it puts more pressure on the pipes too. In fact, the pressure can actually damage the pipes over time. If possible, get the water pressure to a comfortable level while keeping it safe for the pipes.
The Heating Section
Just like plumbing, it’s important to have ample heat during those winter months. And to keep your heating system in top shape, do these checks without the help of a professional.
– Check The Boiler Flu
It’s important to keep the filter of the vents clean, seeing as it delivers clean air to the system and maintains efficiency. If the filter is not in healthy shape, simply replace it.
– Check The Heat Exchanger
Another critical place to always check out regularly is the heat exchanger. Coming across things like cracks, rust, and other types of damage means you are probably not getting heat, or you are not getting enough.
– Check The Venting System
Lastly, always keep an eye on the ventilation system. If there is a blockage, or maybe even extra holes where there shouldn’t be, it’s a sign for some maintenance.
Keep in mind that you don’t need to be a DIY’er to handle these checks and solutions all by yourself. But if you don’t feel confident doing the repairs yourself, call on the experts.