With spring arrived, households everywhere are cracking on with the spring cleaning. But it’s also important to stay on top of house maintenance and your plumbing is no exception. To help you out, here’s a plumbing maintenance checklist to prevent little problems from potentially turning into big problems.

Make sure everything is flowing

To start your plumbing maintenance checks, let’s get outside. After autumn and winter, it’s really important to take the time to make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and other debris, and that all your drains around the house are flowing freely.

Inside the home, fill all your sinks and tubs with water, then empty to make sure they are draining freely. Any bubbling or gurgling noises are signs of potential blockages which should be investigated by a plumber. To make an appointment with Jahli Plumbing, call Julian on 0406 008 985.

It’s also a good idea to open the cupboards in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry under your sinks to check for leaks in those hidden pipes. Run the taps and check the trap underneath your sinks to make sure there’s no leaks.

Take care in the garden

Another important item to check is your garden taps. Unlike taps inside the home that you walk past every day, dripping taps in the garden can often go unnoticed.

Spring is also a time when many people get into the garden, digging and planting new plants. Exercise caution to make sure you don’t accidentally dig into pipes and cause potentially expensive damage.

No leaky loos

Checking the toilets is next on your plumbing maintenance checklist – especially if you have a toilet which is infrequently used. If you have a bottom inlet toilet, check the tap to make sure it’s working effectively. Check to see if the cistern is dripping or if you have issues with a constant slow trickle.

Check the pressure

While you are doing your maintenance plumbing checks, if you have a storage hot water heater, now is a good time to release and reset the temperature pressure relief valve.

And speaking of water pressure, is everything flowing as strongly as it normally does? If not, it’s a good idea to book a plumber to check for hidden leaks, especially if your water usage appears to be creeping up a bit.

It’s also a good idea to remove and clean your shower head, and give the aerators on your sink taps a bit of a clean.

Know your DIY limits

Finally, while it’s great to do basic plumbing maintenance checks yourself, remember that there’s some work that should only ever be done by a licensed plumber. This includes replacing pipes, fitting new toilets and anything to do with gas. If you have any doubt about the safety of doing something, save yourself the hassle and call a plumber – don’t accidentally turn a simple maintenance job into an emergency plumbing call out! To make an appointment, call Jahli Plumbing on 0406 008 985.

Over to you

Do you regularly take the time to do plumbing maintenance checks? What other household maintenance checks do you make time for?