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The Importance Of Doing Regular Indoor and Outdoor Plumbing Checks in Ontario

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To ensure efficient operation of your plumbing system, regular inspections of both indoor and outdoor plumbing are essential. These inspections are particularly crucial in Ontario, where there is a year-round change of climate. You may avoid expensive repairs and keep your home safe and dry by spotting and resolving possible problems early on. running toilets and dripping taps can cost hundreds of dollars a year if left unchecked.

Indoor Plumbing Checks:

  1. Examine Faucets and Fixtures: Frequently examine the area around faucets, sinks, showers, and toilets for leaks, drips, or other indications of water damage. If you take care of these problems right away, you can avoid wasting water and future harm to your plumbing system and save money on wasted water.

  2. Check the water pressure: An issue with your pipes or fixtures may be indicated by low water pressure. For optimal functionality, make sure that all faucets and showers have enough water pressure.

  3. Drain Tests: Showers or sinks that take a long time to drain could have plugged drains. Clear away debris from drains on a regular basis to avoid obstructions and potential backups. It's also good to treat your drains at this time with enzyme treatments regularly to keep them flowing and odour free.

  4. Check the functionality of the toilet: Inspect the toilets for

running water or leaks. Over time, water can be lost significantly by a running toilet. Here's a video on how to test your toilet for silent leaks:

5. Regularly examine your water heater for any indications of leaking or corrosion. Ensure that it is functioning efficiently to provide hot water when needed.

Outdoor Plumbing Checks:

  1. Check the gutters and downspouts. Remove any debris to avoid obstructions that could result in flooding or water damage.

  2. Inspect outside Faucets: Check to see if any outside faucets are dripping or leaking. To save water and protect the area, fix any problems as soon as possible. And especially if cold weather is approaching.

  3. Sprinkler system inspection Test the functionality of your sprinkler system and look for any leaks or broken sprinkler heads.

  4. Examine Exterior Pipes: Look for leaks, cracks, or corrosion in exterior pipes. Early intervention can stop more damage from occurring during freezing temperatures.

How often should I perform these checks?

You should do a full check of your entire house before each new season at the very least. Ideally they should be performed monthly or bi-monthly but we realize not everyone has time for that.

What are some signs of plumbing issues?

Here are some common signs that may indicate plumbing issues:

  1. Discoloured Pipes: Any discoloration, particularly near a union, may indicate moisture and possible leakage.

  2. Sewer odour: If you notice an unpleasant odour that seems to be sewer gas in your home, it may be caused by a trap that has run dry or a vent line that has cracked.

  3. Weak Water Flow in Multiple Locations: Weak water pressure in multiple locations around your home may indicate a bigger problem, such as an issue at the water main, hot water heater, or an active leak in the supply line.

  4. Slow Drains: Clogged drains may be the cause of your slow-draining sinks or showers. Debris removal from drains on a regular basis can assist avoid obstructions and potential backups. If treated with enzymes regularly clogs can be prevented.

  5. Watch out for any water leaks or drips near taps, sinks, showers, and toilets. Promptly addressing these problems will stop water loss and potential harm to your plumbing system.

Keep in mind that frequent plumbing inspections are crucial to maintaining the integrity of your plumbing system and preventing expensive future repairs. If you are unsure about carrying out these inspections on your own, it is advised that you speak with a licensed plumber who can offer advice and support from a position of expertise. Check out our blog here about how to find a reputable plumber near you.

Keep up with routine plumbing maintenance to experience trouble-free indoor and outdoor plumbing.

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