As a homeowner, the Albany NY Plumber understands that keeping up with home maintenance can
sometimes feel like a full-time job. There are many things that need to be done to a home in order to
keep it running smoothly. Plumbing is just one of the many aspects of your home that you have to keep
up throughout the year. Below you will find a helpful checklist that will help you to look for plumbing
problems as well as potential plumbing problems that should be addressed before they become a real
issue. Going line-by-line on the checklist will help you with preventative care and maintenance of your
When thinking about your plumbing system, you need to first realize the number of appliances and
pipes that are included in the system. This doesn’t only cover the plumbing system that operates toilets,
sinks, showers, and bathtubs in your home, it also covers laundry facilities in your home for your
washer, utility sinks, and drains that may be installed.
Look for signs of leaks in exposed pipes, where pipes run through the walls or the foundation of your
home. Signs of a leak include puddles of water and watermarks.
Look for signs of corrosion. Corrosion of pipes can cause leaks and bad pipe connections if not
corrected. A sign of corrosion is green stains around brass and copper fittings and on shutoff valves.
Test water pressure. Water pressure is with how much force the water comes out of sink faucets and
showerheads. Low water pressure can be a sign of sediment build up in the faucet or shower head. It
may also be a sign of a problem with the water line.
Remove the showerhead to look for any sediment that may have collected in it. This may be a cause
of lower the water pressure.
Check each sink, shower and tub drain for the speed of drainage. Slow drainage usually indicates a
clog in the drain or a blocked vent pipe. Your drains should have a full swirl when draining. If bubbles
appear when water is draining, this is usually a sign of a problem.
Check the flushin