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Title: Checklist for Denver Plumbing Maintenance


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Denvers Plumbing Maintenance Checklist
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
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Customize Your Checklist
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Now that you've decided to run a general
    maintenance program on your home, spend some time
    triaging the trouble spots. For example, plumbing
    problems may cause the most destruction in both
    the short and the long term, so begin with making
    a plumbing maintenance checklist.

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Getting The Big Picture
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Let's start by walking around your property, or
    better yet, take the overall view and cross the
    street to gain a fuller perspective of its
    location. If it lies on a gentle slope, your
    concerns about drainage will be alleviated. If
    there are thirsty willow trees as landscaping,
    your concerns may escalate. Take notes on your
    initial large view, and plunge into the question
    of which plumber to consult if a widespread
    plumbing problem presents itself. For example, if
    your home lies in a flood zone or is situated
    near a river or lake, then the local companies
    have firsthand experience with water issues.
    Their advice is invaluable and you need to note
    the premier plumbing company in your area.

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Master The Great Outdoors
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Now that you've decided on a reliable plumber,
    zero in on the yard. You may have not thought
    about the infrastructure supporting your
    property, but you need to familiarize yourself
    with the location of both the water meter and the
    water shut-off valve for the entire home. Walk
    around the foundation, searching for cracks or
    signs of leakage. Critique each lawn, as
    sprinkling systems may spring a leak from ground
    upheaval or careless use of a lawnmower. Areas of
    burgeoning, uneven grass growth or swampy areas
    point to a sprinkling system problem underground.
    Move around to outdoor faucets and check for
    leaks if the winters are freezing in your
    location, you need to wrap the faucets before
    cold weather starts for the utmost protection.

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Dealing With Winter Woes
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Speaking of winterizing outdoor faucets, the
    first step consists of disconnecting garden hoses
    for draining and storage. Next, inspect your
    faucet to see if it's frost-free. A good rule is
    that a frost-free knob is perpendicular to the
    house, and a knob that is at a 45-degree angle is
    not. Even a climate with mild winters and
    occasional freezing needs these simple safeguards
    to prevent split pipes and costly repairs. As you
    inspect the outdoor faucets, see to the caulking
    around the pipes. If it's weathered or missing,
    it needs replacing. Once you've secured the great
    outdoors, move on to what will affect you and
    your family the most, the indoor plumbing.

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The Essentials Hot Water Good Pressure
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Now comes checking for proper water pressure. If
    your home is two or more stories, you already
    realize that showers and proper toilet flushing
    upstairs are critical, so remove showerheads to
    inspect them for sediment buildup that will
    constrict the pipes' ability to provide adequate
    pressure. Each sink, tub, and drain needs
    checking for drainage, because slow drainage
    indicates a clog or vent problem, and gurgling
    points to a venting problem. Next, the amount of
    people living in the home determines the size of
    a water heater. A family of four likely needs a
    40-gallon capacity, and if the heater is old,
    sediments may accumulate and require draining the
    tank.

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Preventing Toilet Disasters
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Moving along to more intimate plumbing
    maintenance, make sure that each toilet is firmly
    seated by gently rocking it. Check for water
    leakage after a test flush, and make certain that
    the toilet does not continue to run after
    flushing. Lift the tank cover to inspect for
    rusting parts, and look for mildew in the hidden
    areas behind the toilet that will betray a leak.
    Bathrooms most often have tile floors, so search
    for cracked tiles that will have leaked water
    through to the floor and stained the ceiling of
    the room below. If you do find any issues, you
    may need to contact a plumber for toilet repair
    service.

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Laundry Room Lookout
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • The laundry holds a common source of trouble that
    is also the most easily fixed the washing
    machine drain hose. Curious children may tinker
    with the hose by lifting it out of the drainpipe,
    and the results can be catastrophic. Simply check
    its position periodically as you conduct a
    general inspection of the washer's hoses to make
    sure they are not brittle or leaking.

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Calming Kitchen Concerns
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • Because we associate the kitchen with sinks,
    cooking, and dishwashing, we need to concentrate
    maintenance here. Check the out of the way places
    such as under the sink, because any leaks will
    have discolored or warped the floor inside. All
    faucets should not leak, and corrosion causes
    pipes to leak, too. Signs of corrosion are green
    stains around copper and brass fittings, and
    orange or yellow stains on steel pipe. The
    dishwasher's connections need periodic checking
    due to the vibration and force of water during
    its operation. Garbage disposals, too, vibrate
    when working hard and can loosen or leak.

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The Final Check
SWAN Plumbing, Heating Air of Denver
6810 N Broadway, Unit NDenver, CO 80221
office_at_swanheating.com (303) 993-1406
  • You're nearly through. Close your eyes and listen
    for water drips or the sound of water running
    when you know every faucet is turned off. When
    all is clear to your satisfaction, finish your
    plumbing maintenance checklist with a satisfied
    smile. You've completed your first run through of
    a very important part of owning a home.

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