It is imperative to keep the plumbing in your basement running up to speed because it plays a significant role in your home’s overall plumbing function and safety. At Rooter Hero Plumbing, we recommend regular maintenance and professional inspections to ensure everything is flowing as it should. Here are five basement plumbing tips we give our customers to help them better manage their plumbing issues.
The shut-off valve is usually located on the main supply pipe that goes into the home from the basement floor. The water meter should be nearby. The main shut-off for the house has one or two valves that can be turned off and on by hand. It is important to know the location of these devices so you can turn the water off in the event of a leak and to check the meter to look for undetected leaks.
To keep sewer gasses from backing up through the basement floor drain, pour a bucket of water down into the drain trap periodically to ensure the trap is full. The septic tank itself should be inspected and regularly pumped every 3-5 years, to prevent expensive filter field replacement.
Choose a time when you're not using any water and make a note of the reading on the water meter. Recheck that reading 8 - 10 hours later. If the meter has moved, you most likely have an undetected water or slab leak that needs immediate attention. Periodically inspect washing machine hoses for leaks or bulges. Any hoses that show signs of weakness should be replaced right away.
Yearly, you should drain several gallons of water from the water heater to flush out sediment buildup, which can lead to corrosion and reduced efficiency in heating. The pressure relief valve should also be tested. Do this by lifting up the lever and snapping it back. If working properly, the valve will emit a burst of water into the drain pipe. If it isn’t working properly, call a professional plumber to replace it.
If you hear water hammer noises, you may need to install shock absorbers in the water lines to absorb the vibrations. These can make a difference in the sounds coming from your home’s plumbing.