When Staten Island homeowners think about safety, they’re usually thinking about physical security, fire prevention, and liability. Plumbing is usually the last thing on their mind. Yet plumbing problems can actually cause serious health risks if they are allowed to go unchecked, and present dangers to life and limb that are often unseen until it’s too late.
Leaks Can Cause Hazards
Leaky pipes will eventually cause serious damage to the structure of the building. The items inside will not only lead to costly repairs and replacement, but also unsafe situations. Some of these include unhealthy mold and mildew infestations, dangerously slippery surfaces, collapsing floors, and short-circuited wiring, which can easily cause a fire. Many types of insects and other pests are also attracted to the damp conditions created by leaking pipes, along with the diseases and damage they bring.
Bad Smells Mean Problems
Most people aren’t aware that sewer gas can also bring health risks. Everyone is familiar with that ‘rotten egg’ smell that sometimes comes from their drains. Still, that odor is an indication that the structure’s waste ventilation system is clogged or damaged. The resultant buildup of gases can contain carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia, and other toxic and unhealthy fumes. It could even cause an explosion, though that’s pretty rare.
The best way for both home and business owners to avoid risky situations caused by faulty plumbing is by following accepted plumbing safety procedures. This includes doing a regular interior building maintenance inspection of the plumbing system, at least on an annual basis. This will also ensure that you are in compliance with state and local plumbing health and safety regulations. A plumbing safety checklist will help you to be thorough in your inspection and quality control. Here are some of the main points to include.
Residential Plumbing Safety Inspection Checklist
Look for signs of leaks
Keep an eye out for any obviously damp areas and puddling on your floors and walls and inside cabinets underneath your sinks. Inspect around and under any appliance and fixture that has a water line for cracked and warped flooring, including sinks, tubs, toilets, refrigerators with ice makers, dishwashers, and clothes washers. Take note of the sound of dripping water or your toilet running constantly.
Visually inspect your pipes
Pay special attention to connection joints and P-traps, and look for signs of corrosion around joints and valves. As you go through the inspection, check the water supply- line flow valves at all points to make sure they aren’t stuck and can be turned off and on easily and don’t leak when in the open position.
Check the rooms below water sources
If you have a multi-story home, inspect the ceilings and walls of the rooms directly under the kitchen and bathroom for stains and discoloration and note musty smells that indicate damp conditions.
Basement and below
If you have a basement with a sump pump and a drain, ensure they are clear and operating properly. Don’t forget to inspect your crawlspace if you have one for signs of leaks and broken water pipes.
Inspect your water heater
Look for signs of leaking and test the supply valves. If it is a gas heater, pay close attention to the gas lines for loose fittings or damage. If you see any indication of something wrong with your water heater, you’ll want to call in a professional plumber to do a more thorough check.
Check your water bills
If you see a significant sudden and inexplicable rise in your water usage, it’s a good indication that you’ve got a leak that needs to be found and fixed immediately.
When You Need A Plumber You Can Rely On
The best way to ensure a safe plumbing system is with a professional inspection by Platinum Plumbers. We offer free estimates in Staten Island and a 10% discount if you make an appointment online. Contact us today.