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Savvy Sarasota and Bradenton area homeowners understand that proper HVAC maintenance reduces energy costs, but may be unfamiliar with performing routine plumbing maintenance.

The following checklist may assist you.

Inspect Toilets

Find potential expensive toilet repairs as follows::

  • Flush toilets and listen for “running” afterward.
  • Inspect tank parts for damage.
  • Add a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the bowl’s water later. If it has changed colors, water is seeping from the tank.
  • Gently “rock” and note any shifting.

Stop Leaks

Leak damage is often preventable using this method:

  • Turn off automatic sprinklers and check your water meter immediately before leaving for a day. Check again when you return home in the evening to see if the gauge moved.
  • Examine faucets for leakage around valves or handles.
  • Inspect areas around or under sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines, dishwashers or other “wet” areas for signs of moisture or loosening caulk. Mildew typically indicates areas where standing water has dried.
  • Examine ceilings for watermarks, and then inspect showers, sink areas and other tiled areas for damaged, loose or hollow-sounding tiles.
  • Check pipe locations for puddles or watermarks indicating current leaks. Look for green stains near copper and brass fittings, which indicate corrosion and could precipitate future leakage.
  • Check washing machine hoses for cracks or other signs of wear. Consider using braided stainless replacement hoses instead.
  • Test every drain. Slow drainage signifies a blocked vent pipe or clogging; gurgling could indicate venting problems. Bubbles or incomplete swirling require further investigation. Consider installing strainers to prevent clogs.
  • Low water pressure can indicate water line problems. Low pressure in specific areas only may indicate sediment buildup.

Remove Sediment

To address areas where sediment buildup commonly occurs, follow these steps:

  • Remove buildup in showerheads and aerators using commercially available cleaners, or soak the fixtures in vinegar overnight.
  • Drain several gallons from your water heater at least once per year to “flush” it and prevent buildup.

If you need further assistance with plumbing maintenance needs, contact us. Aqua Plumbing & Air Quality Service has been the area’s most trusted name since 1974.

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