The basement in your home is just like any other room in the house, therefore, it requires the same level of attention when it comes to something as significant and influential as plumbing. Whether your basement is finished or not, it is important to implement all the necessary basement maintenance tasks in order to protect it from future plumbing problems and costly repairs. Continue reading to learn what you should be doing and when you should be doing it, in regards to your basement’s plumbing.
It is vital that you and every member of your family know where the main water shut off valve is located on the property. In the case of a burst pipe, heavy leak, or flood, shutting of the water supply to the house is a critical step in managing the problem. In most homes, the main water shut off is located where the main supply pipe enters the house coming up through the basement floor. This is usually near or next to the main water meter on the exterior of the home, and near the water heater and water softener inside the home.
Check for water leaks every few months by inspecting your water meter. Choose a day and time when the water is not being used inside the home and record the reading from your water meter. Wait ten hours, and then check the reading on the meter again. If the lever has moved within this short time period, you may have an undetected leak somewhere in your plumbing system. If you have water hammer issues, try installing shock absorbers in the water lines. Talk to your Indianapolis plumber for details about this service.
It is important to inspect and pump your sump pump system every 3 to 5 years. Not only does this protect the system’s filter field, which is costly to replace, it allows for smoother operation. In between this time period, you want to periodically test the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water in the sump pit. If it is working properly, it should turn on, eliminate the water from the pit, and shut off again, all within a matter of seconds. If it doesn’t do this, call your plumber. It is a good idea to always be replacing worn out parts on your sump pump to encourage optimal performance and prevent inconvenient break downs. And be sure you have a backup sump pump in case this ever happens!
A clogged basement drain is an inconvenience since they are there for an important purpose. Most basement drains are responsible for eliminating wastewater from washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, and even things like melting snow. By cleaning the basement drains on a routine basis, you can prevent backups that lead to costly repairs. A good boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar bath always does the trick!