Plumbing Maintenance: an Important Program

Plumbing Maintenance: an Important Program

Do you have a maintenance program in your home? It has been proven that facilities, including residential homes, which have preventive maintenance programs, have fewer problems than those that have no maintenance programs. Whether you do your own maintenance or hire a professional technician, regular checks of your structure and plumbing in Cleveland should be done yearly and more often for some fixtures.

Water Heater

Do a thorough check of your water heater a few times each year. Remove any debris or dirt from around your heater’s base. Be sure there are no flammable items being stored near your unit. Check to be sure that all top vents are clear. About once a year, flush your water heater to remove sediment and calcium build-up. Occasionally, check the tank anode and replace it if necessary.


Your home’s drains are critical to your happiness! When water backs up in your sinks, toilets, or tub, your life will suddenly become complicated and stressful. Occasionally, it might be necessary to use retail drain cleaners to keep your drains clear and to remove minor hair clogs or small grease clogs in your kitchen P-trap. However, if you notice continual problems with a particular drain, use a pipe snake to clear it. A snake is a flexible rod with a claw-like feature at one end. To use the snake, push it into your drain until you feel the claw push against the clog. Attach the pipe snake’s handle and rotate the rod while pushing it further into the drain. The claw will rip through the material clogging the pipe and clear it out. When you notice the water draining, run more water into the pipe while passing the snake through the clogged area in order to clear all the debris from the pipe.


Your home’s faucets are used often. Like any mechanical device, they will eventually require repairs. If you notice drips coming from the faucet head or water running from the handles, when the water is turned on, do not panic. These problems can be repaired. Turn off the water supply to the faucet and remove the valve stems from the housing. Replace the rubber seals located at the base of the stems. Check the o-rings on the stems and replace them if necessary. If your faucet repairs do not fix the drips and leaks, it may be time for a new faucet assembly. For expert service on any plumbing in Cleveland, which includes new faucets or any other fixtures, you can rely on Roto-Rooter.

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