Plumbing inspections: protect your home… and your wallet, too.

A fast response time can make a huge difference when it comes to plumbing and utility problems. Be prepared to take charge with these tips. Long-term damage from a persistent leak could result in costly repairs and a whole lot of headaches. Leaks form when immense pressure is placed on the pipes. Metal pipes get rusted easily, while plastic pipes break easily, so find the professionals who can accurately detect leaks for you. We encourage our homeowners to have an annual plumbing inspection. Doing so could make some of these potential problems dry up and go away before they turn costly. It is important you have a plan in place when disaster strikes.

Why is this important to you? Unlike a condominium, where an association may maintain electrical, plumbing, heating, and other services to a unit. Our community is a planned urban development (PUD),  meaning you own more of your unit. Please take a moment to read a paragraph from our CC&Rs which illustrates your maintenance duties:

 5.2(b) Duties of Owner – Townhomes Maintenance

Each Owner, at his expense, shall be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the interior of his Town Home, the windows of his Town Home, the appliances and equipment located in his Town Home, plumbing, heating, electrical and other systems servicing his Town Home, whether such services are located within, above, or underneath the Town Home or within the exterior or interior bearing walls of such Town Home, and the fence surrounding the Limited Common Area appurtenant to such Town Home. The Association shall be responsible for the maintenance and repair of any of the above described items if such work involves equipment or facilities used in common by all or any of the Owners; provided, however, that in the event such maintenance or repair is attributable in the extraordinary use or abuse of an Owner or of a few Owners, the cost of such work may be assessed to such Owner or Owners.

 

Basically put: your house, your plumbing and wires. Let’s check them out. Remember, it’s always advisable to hire a professional for plumbing repairs.

Kitchen and bathroom:

  • Make sure drainage pipes are solid and are not showing signs of leaks at the joints or from the bottom of the P trap.
  • Look for signs that water has been dripping from the supply pipe connections. These include corrosion on the supply line fittings and valves, and stains on the bottom of the cabinet.
  • Make sure supply line valves can be turned off and back on and that they don’t leak when they are activated.
  • Look at the supply lines to toilets. Make sure there are no leaks, that the valves can be turned off and on and that they don’t leak when activated.
  • Look around dishwashers, refrigerators with ice makers, sinks, bathtubs, showers and toilets for signs of cracked or warping flooring.
  • Listen for any sounds of dripping water or periodic running of the toilet supply water. Note if any of your sink faucets are dripping or if your tub(s) or shower(s) are dripping.

Other areas of the house:

  • Make sure the valves for the supply lines to your washing machine can be turned off and back on again, and that they don’t leak when activated.
  • In rooms directly below upper-floor bathrooms, look for stains on walls or ceilings or a musty smell.
  • Check outdoor hose bibs to make sure that they are not dripping.
  • Look for persistent signs of rust in the water.
  • If you have a crawl space, make sure there are no indications of water leaks from first floor plumbing and no open drains where a pipe may have broken loose.

Help, my unit is flooding:

  1. Shut off your water immediately! If necessary, electricity too. Your water shut location will vary, based on the phase of development your reside in. If you cannot locate the shutoff valve, please contact an emergency plumber and/or the Sale Lake City Fire Department.
  2. Call a plumber
  3. Contact your adjoining neighbors, managing agent, and insurance company to report the issue
  4. Start removing water