Hi, my name's Steven. I’ve been a plumber for almost 15 years. I entered the plumbing industry after I completed my HSC. I began my plumbing apprenticeship through Master Plumbers Association and I have a wealth of knowledge on all things plumbing and have built Fixed Today with an expert team of technicians. You can find some home plumbing inspection tips below on how you can do your own plumbing safety inspection.
Whether you live in a multi-million dollar prize home along the beach or in the bush stoking the fire at night. Plumbing issues pop up everywhere and no one is exempt. Having a local plumber by your side like Fixed Today can make the issues far easier to handle. Check out our plumbing inspection checklist below for tips from a licensed plumber:
- Start with checking your water meter, which is located at the front of your property.
- At night, when no more water is being used, write down the number on the water meter dial. Go back in the morning and check the meter again, remember to do this before anyone has used any water. If the numbers have jumped up significantly, this could indicate you have a water leak in your home and should get it looked at by a licenced Sydney plumber.
- Whilst you're still outside, it would be a good time to check for any leaks coming from your garden and hose taps. Walk around your property and keep an eye out for any puddles of water that you think should not be there. Your drains should not be overflowing and any water that you see coming out is an indication of a blockage. Do a quick scan of your gutters and look for any rust or damage. You should look for any water trickling where it shouldn’t be and safely use a ladder to look in the gutters for ant debris pile up.
There are several rooms in the house where you can undertake your plumbing system inspection checklist:
- Check for any leaks in the cupboard under the kitchen sink. Remove all items in the cupboard and look for any traces of water. Once you have inspected the cupboard, you can move onto the taps. Turn the tap on and off three times and look for drips coming out of the spout. You can get some tips from my other blog ‘How To Change A Tap Washer In 12 Easy Steps’. Make sure you're looking out for water temperature also. Hot should be hot and cold should be cold.
- Check the taps in your shower for any leaks by turning them on and off three times. Your taps and shower head should not have any water dripping down. Inspecting your shower drain is very important to determine if there are any blockages. You can do this by running the shower for 3-5 minutes and keeping an eye on the water level and speed. If it is draining a little slow, you might have a blocked drain and need to get it looked at by a licenced plumber.
- Now is time to have a look at your toilet suite. Start off by pressing the flush button on the cistern. Check behind and around the toilet for any leaks. A seal may need replacing if there is a leak and getting a plumber out will be your best option to replace the seal.
- To check for a blockage, you can get some toilet paper, place it in the pan and flush it. If the toilet paper does not flush and the water is rising up again, you can read our blog ‘How To Fix A Toilet That Won’t Flush’ on reasons and tips on how to fix a toilet that won't flush. With any blocked toilet, a professional and licenced plumber will be able to diagnose the issue using a camera inspection and high-pressure jet blasting.
- To inspect the vanity taps for leaks and issues, you can repeat the same steps as the kitchen taps. If you have a different tap style in your basin, such as a basin flick mixer, simply turn the tap on and off 3 times and look for any drips. You should look for any cuts or rust on the pipes in the flexible connection.
Last, but not least of the home plumbing inspection tips is the laundry.
- The laundry is another important place to check for plumbing issues. You should thoroughly inspect under the laundry sink cupboard for any faults on the pipework such as leaks. Make sure you check the taps by using the same method of turning them on and off 3 times. If the water pressure is good, there are no drips and the temperature is to your liking, then your taps are working fine.
- Your hot water system is a very important appliance that needs to be checked regularly. You can have your hot water system in any room of the house or you may have it outside. Where ever it is in your home, you need to look out for any faults.
- Look for water pooling at the base of your system, trickling down the tank or spraying out. If any of these occur, you can turn off your water supply and contact a licenced plumber that specialises in hot water system repairs. If a leak is coming from the pressure relief valve, then simply replacing the valve or giving it a good clean should do the trick. Check your water temperature and hot water heaters flow and supply as these are sourced from your tank. An issue with these usually means a problem with your hot water system.
Plumbing System Inspection Checklist For Your Home
It's easy to do a home plumbing inspection if you know what to look for. I hope these home plumbing inspection tips have helped you and remember. If you need help with any plumbing issue, you can contact Fixed Today in Sydney for a friendly and reliable licensed plumber.