Your basement plumbing plays an important role in the overall plumbing of your house. It is essential to keep your basement plumbing in excellent shape to avoid plumbing problems. Here are a few pointers on how to get your basement plumbing right.
Appliances, which are a part of your basement plumbing, need to be properly maintained and regularly serviced. Before calling your local Edmonton plumbing service, there are a few things you can check out yourself to ensure everything is working in top form.
1) Water heater
Set the thermostat temperature to 120 degrees Celsius. This prevents scalding and saves up your energy bills.
Check if your temperature and pressure valve is functioning normally. Do this by lifting up the lever and letting it snap back. The valve should allow a burst of water into the drainpipe. If not, contact your local Edmonton plumbing service and get it replaced.
Inspect the water heater carefully for leaks. If the water tank is rusted and leaking, replace your water heater immediately.
Insulate the pipes connected to the water heater. This is an easy step, all you need to do is stick self-adhesive foam insulation tape around the water pipes. It will prevent loss of heat and save energy. Condensation from the pipes will also be absorbed effectively and prevent mold formation in the basement.
2) Sump pump
Test the working of the sump pump by pouring a bucket of water in the sump pit and checking if the pump drains it quickly. If the sump pump is slow in draining the water or does not drain it at all, get it checked by a professional. Avoid basement flooding by replacing your sump pump if it is not working properly.
Clean the bottom sump pump grate regularly as the suction can cause stones and other debris to get trapped in the grate. This can render your sump pump ineffective and hinder its functioning.
3) Water supply
Check the water meter on the water supply line to find out if there are any leaks in your plumbing. Observe the reading on the water meter at a time when you are not using any water in the house and recheck after 8-10 hours. If the reading has changed there is a leak in your plumbing system that needs to be taken care of.
The sewage and waste from your home are discharged to a septic tank or to an external sewer via means of a drain waste vent.
If your drain waste vent is located at a level higher than your basement, it will work against gravity to discharge the waste. You will need to install an ejector pump to help the flow of waste upwards and prevent sewage in your basement.
To prevent sewer gases from backing up through the basement drain, pour a bucket of water down the drain to keep it full. Empty drains can allow the escape of sewer gases into your basement making it smell like there is sewage in basement.
In addition to these points, ensure your basement is well-ventilated to prevent mold and mildew formation. Contact an Edmonton plumbing service for regular inspection, maintenance and repairs of your basement plumbing.