Learn some water-based home maintenance tips

    Published: September 25, 2015

    Water-Based Home Maintenance Tips

    Summer is an ideal time for home maintenance whether you’re painting windowsills or fixing a roof. While you’re taking care of your annual home maintenance projects, spare a few thoughts for your plumbing and water-based appliances. A few preventative measures now can prevent serious problems in the future.

    Schedule an Annual Leak Check

    At least once a year, inspect all faucets, showerheads, and toilets for leaks. Replace worn rubber washers in leaky faucets and showerheads. Leaky toilets can usually be fixed by replacing the cistern flapper, but be sure to check the bowl for cracks and leaks as well.

    Clean Faucet Traps

    As you check faucets for leaks, clean out the faucet traps. Mineral deposits and debris build up in faucet traps and showerheads, impairing proper water flow. Unscrew the end of the faucet (you may need a pair of pliers to do so), and remove the trap from the faucet tip. Flush out the trap with plenty of water, and replace.

    To clean a showerhead, unscrew the showerhead and soak it overnight in vinegar, using a small brush to remove debris after soaking. If you cannot easily remove the showerhead, fill a plastic bag with vinegar and use it to cover the showerhead.

    While you’re cleaning faucets, make sure all drains have strainers to prevent soap scum, hair, and other debris from building up and clogging the pipe.

    Annual Sump Pump Test

    If your home has a sump pump, make sure it’s in good order by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on. When it does, remove the water, and then turn it off.

    Schedule a Video Sewer Line Inspection

    You probably don’t need to do this every year, but every few years, schedule a video sewer line inspection to make sure everything’s flowing smoothly. The inspection can catch small problems before they turn into serious issues.

    Water Heater Maintenance

    An annual task, draining a few gallons from your water heater can remove sediment build-up, which impairs the heater’s efficiency and shortens its working lifespan. This is, however, a potentially dangerous operation when not performed correctly. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for your heater’s specific make and model very carefully before proceeding, or hire a plumber to perform the task. If you install a Pelican Water Heater Shield you can avoid this chore, and will only need to replace the filter every six months.

    Appliance Supply Hoses

    Check the supply lines on your dishwasher, washing machine, and ice maker once a year for signs of leaks or bulges. Replace any hoses that show signs of weakness. When possible, replace the old one with stainless steel hoses, which are resistant to water bursts.

    Check for Hidden Leaks

    The most damaging water leaks in a house are often the ones you can’t see hidden behind walls or under flooring. Take a water meter reading before going to bed, and then check again first thing in the morning. If no water was used between the two readings and there’s been a change, you may have a hidden leak somewhere in your home.

    Change Water Filters

    Water filtration systems, such as Pelican Water’s Premium Whole House Water Filter System, require minimal maintenance, but for optimum efficiency their filters need to be changed. Our 5-micron sediment pre-filter only needs changing once every six to nine months, so simply replace the filter, and mark on your calendar when the next filter change is due.