Basement Plumbing Maintenance

Basement Plumbing Maintenance

If your basement is unfinished, more than likely it has become a great place to store holiday decorations and other extra belongings and not a place visited often. A few small steps can be taken to maintain the space and ensure that no problems develop and that your water heater and sewer stay in good condition so an unknown problem doesn’t develop and take you by surprise.

Roto-Rooter Cleveland advises you keep up on basement maintenance with several simple steps. To prevent sewer gases from seeping from the basement and into your home through the basement floor drain, periodically pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep the trap seal. You can prevent annoying water hammer noises by installing shock absorbers and reducing the vibrations in your water lines. Also, make sure to check your washing machine hoses for bulges and leaks and replace the hoses when necessary. Check your septic tank every 3-5 years to save money on a costly filter field replacement.

There are also several steps that can be taken to conserve more water. Check the temperature on your water heater and prevent uncomfortably hot showers by keeping your temperature setting below 120° F or for older models, keep the dial set on medium. You should also check your water meter when no water is being used throughout the house and then again 8-10 hours later.  If the meter has moved, you may have an undetected water leak.

Remember to always store flammable liquids (gasoline, adhesives, solvents, etc.) away from the water heater and furnace to prevent an accidental fire. Visit for more helpful tips to keep your home safe!

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