Your landlord, when he built the leased apartment where you’re staying in, probably already has a plumbing services company that he’s in contract with right at the beginning when the apartment was built. Part of a plumbing scope of agreement is to ensure that pipes are clean and water is running smoothly, and to ensure that these are regularly checked and followed through in a preventative maintenance procedure. To effectively perform plumbing maintenance work, the plumbers need to have a tool that ensures they do not miss out on anything. That tool is known as the Plumbing Maintenance Checklist.

What IS a Plumbing Maintenance Checklist?

Why do plumbers need a checklist? A checklist is a tool used to reduce errors and failures by having that list on your hand to show the dos and don’ts. Same with plumbers when they’re doing their maintenance job. Having a plumbing maintenance checklist ensures efficiency and maximizes job performance without a hitch. Just like when you go to a grocery to buy the ingredients for that amazing dinner meal you’re planning to cook. You certainly do not want to miss out on any of the ingredients, because that would be disastrous! The same goes for a plumbing maintenance checklist. It ensures that all the areas of plumbing are thoroughly checked so that the lifespan of the pipes used will be extended. A plumbing maintenance checklist keeps everything organized and prioritized according to the most important tasks. A smooth-running plumbing system prevents costly repairs in the future, not to mention helps maintain a clean and safe environment for the residents via smooth, running, and clean water. And that is exactly what a plumbing maintenance checklist hopes to achieve at the end of the day!

Benefits of a Good Plumbing Maintenance

The ancient Egyptians started it first, and thank god the Romans were smart enough to use it! Yes, that’s how old the plumbing is! Plumbing has gone through different eras and civilizations that to do without it at this day and age seemed utterly ridiculous. Will you risk going through life without pipes carrying water that’s flowing into different parts of your home? That’s certainly a big NO! Well, for this writer anyway. For you too, probably. That’s where plumbing comes in. That’s where good plumbing maintenance plays an important role in our daily lives. Now that we have an idea that plumbing made it through different ages, what exactly is it about having good plumbing maintenance that makes it an important part of any household or commercial space?

Saves on Water: These three words in reality hold up a lot of different meanings! First, saving on water could mean that good plumbing maintenance or regular check-up could prevent or do away with those pesky leaking pipes or dripping faucets. Checking if there are no loose pipes is part of doing plumbing maintenance. Water pressure builds up as time goes on, so how strong the water flows in and out of your piping system will depend on how loose or how tight the pipes are adjusted in your space. For instance, when showering, you certainly want a water pressure that’s high enough to effectively clean you thoroughly. Nothing gets to use more than a low-pressure shower! Imagine getting home, all filthy and dirty, and you want to scrub down and clean yourself, but the water that’s coming out of your shower head seems like it is about to go through a 10-year drought! Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but yes, having that right water pressure actually ensures that no residue of dirt and soap remains in your hair and body by the time you step out of the shower. And that’s what good plumbing maintenance does to your showers. They make sure that each time you shower, you have just the right water pressure that suits your bathing needs by doing regular checks on your piping system. The next meaning of “saves on water” can also be savings on the water bill. Every drip and leak in your faucet or pipes is like a taxi meter running on your water bill. If you find yourself receiving the water bill that shocks you (not the anti-shock kind of a bill) with a skyrocketing amount, you know the drill. Call for your plumber! Better yet, if you’re renting, call your landlord to call for the plumber. After all, plumbing maintenance is part and should be part of your rental agreement.Anticipates and Prevents Plumbing Disasters: Ever had that day when suddenly one of your pipes burst, causing havoc to your house, damaging your floors, walls, and ceilings? Like literally, a twister just decided to drop by and pay you a visit, leaving a wreck behind? Good for you if you haven’t gone through all of that! Bad for us who have the “privilege” of going through that nightmare experience. In some cases, if you’re caught in the middle of your surprise and confusion and would just stand there with your mouth hanging open, the water would literally accumulate into a pool and start to get higher and higher if no immediate action is taken. That is exactly what good plumbing maintenance wants to prevent from happening. Again, it’s all about containing water pressure and checking the structural integrity of the pipes, which can be done through regular plumbing check-ups. Plumbing maintenance helps anticipate and prevent a water disaster strike inside your home by checking to see if the pipes are still sturdy as they should be and that the pressure flow of water is at a normal level. Not to mention helps you avoid those high emergency home repair bills if a plumbing disaster does happen. So, if you have absolutely no idea where the main water valve is to shut off the running water (which is the first thing you need to do in this situation), the next best thing is to call your plumber. Then make sure that you do get those regular plumbing maintenance checks as much as possible!Protects Overall Health: Another surprising and indirectly related benefit regular plumbing maintenance gives is that it helps or improves the overall health and safety of the residents or the building’s tenants. Leaky and dripping pipes affect the surrounding air quality, meaning more water means more moisture to the environment. And moisture is what exactly molds need to proliferate! And some molds do really grow to the size of a mushroom! (Technically speaking, a mushroom is NOT a mold, but a fungi, but you get the picture. So please, do not attempt to cook a mold!) Going back. Indoor molds (since there are, obviously, outdoor molds) have this magnetic capability to attract and produce allergens which can potentially cause serious health problems. Allergens are your elements that cause allergic reactions, such as sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, and so on, through stimulated irritants. Bad news for those who have asthma, rhinitis, or any kind of respiratory problems. Molds, if not got rid of, can further produce toxic substances, such as mycotoxins, which have serious physical and mental health implications. So, how do you prevent all of these from happening to your family’s health? Go and get scheduled for a regular plumbing maintenance repair and check-up! Health is wealth, right?Protects and Improves Water Quality: Old pipes are subject to nature’s natural wear and tear process. In the pipes’ case, it’s called corrosion. Corrosion is when metal turns to rust due to consistent encounters with certain chemical elements. Overall, it’s bad news if water gets mixed with rust. If corroded pipes are not replaced, or if the pipes are not maintained properly to be prevented from corrosion, naturally, rusts will begin to form. And if water passes through pipes that have rust in them, what do you get? Contaminated and potentially poisonous water. Of course, this situation can be prevented if you go ahead and sign up for that regular plumbing maintenance check-up!

Creating the Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Creating a checklist may seem like such an extra effort, but there is more to this little piece (often one-pager) document that can make your life run smoothly. Especially if you are using a checklist in your trade or profession, a checklist can help you identify the very minutiae item that you thought might not be important, but then again ended up being significant. Even plumbers need to have a plumbing maintenance checklist. In order to maximize and get the full benefit of plumbing service, plumbers need to create a to-do list so that they’d be sure that they don’t miss out on anything. Aside from not missing out on the important things to do, another purpose of the checklist is tracking and monitoring.

The checklist could help the plumber take note of when the maintenance was done, when is the next scheduled maintenance, and what were the fixes and repairs performed on the pipes, if any. Checklists should be simple, concise, organized, and easy to use. Easy to use, meaning that a checklist document could be as small as a single paper, folded in half, and can be stored away or pulled out easily. There is no strict format when creating one, but a checklist should be flexible enough that it meets the purpose why it’s created in the first place. So, how to create a plumbing maintenance checklist?

  • 1. Naming and Dating the Checklist

    First, you need to name your checklist. It can be as simple as “Plumbing Maintenance Checklist” or you can add more specific identifiers such as “Plumbing Maintenance Checklist for Mrs. Doe” and so on. This will help you later on in organizing your documents so that you would know whose property you did plumbing maintenance on. Also, write down your name as well as the plumber in charge of the maintenance. Next, put the date and time on your checklist according to when you will be doing the maintenance work. Other details that can be included in this part are the address of the residence or commercial building, as well as the specific room, house, or apartment number, if applicable.

  • 2. Adding Tasks

    Once you have placed proper identifiers on your checklist, the next is to start adding the tasks or your to-dos. A typical checklist is done in a column format. The tasks are numbered and written on the left-hand side and the boxes on the right-hand side. The purpose of the boxes is for you to tick, or to check-off, after you have done the task aligned with it. Other checklists have two boxes that say Yes (task done) or No (a task not yet done). The reason for having a checklist is that you do not miss out on any important tasks or work that needs to be done. For plumbing maintenance, the tasks usually are: checking for leaks; cleaning services and clearing drains and P-traps; testing water pressure and heater; cleaning faucet aerators; checking pipes for signs of corrosion; checking toilet tanks; and/or checking septic systems.

  • 3. Date Completed

    Oftentimes, work cannot be completed in just a single day, especially if there are serious repairs or fixes that need to be made. Hence, it would be wise to have another column after the tick boxes to include the date when the tasks were completed. This would also serve as a basis for paying the plumber if the plumbing service is paid by the hour.

  • 4. Recommendation

    Right after the tick boxes column or the date completed column, another column that you might want to add is a recommendation column. A recommendation column is where you can put what are the recommended future repairs or next steps to be taken after you have performed the maintenance work, or if not, it could be a column that could contain the observations you’ve made during your inspection. This column could serve as a note-to-self, or reminder type column.


What are the common uses for plumbing?

Plumbing is typically used to convey potable water, for waste removal, and for water to be used for heating and cooling systems. Some of the plumbing systems include drainage venting, septic, sewage, treatment, rainwater, fuel gas, and/or hydronics.

How often should you have plumbing maintenance?

Plumbing is performed according to the immediate need or according to scheduled maintenance. Professional plumbers most often would advise that plumbing maintenance should be done yearly. At most, do not go for more than two years without performing any plumbing maintenance. After all, plumbing is not only about your pipes and water, but it is also about your health and the health of the rest of the building’s or residence’s occupants.

What are some of the plumbing maintenance tips that could help you save on costs?

The main purpose of plumbing maintenance is to prevent water damage, to safeguard your home against unwanted health impacts coming from any water leaks or damages, as well as to save on cost since you’re doing preventive measures against bigger impacts from water or water pipe damages. Some tips on plumbing maintenance include regularly checking faucet or pipe leaks; checking appliances for leaks; regularly cleaning the showerhead; cleaning out and unclog blocked drains; being mindful of what you flush down the drains or even in the toilet; and for any plumbing issues, immediately contact your plumber.

Got a dripping kitchen faucet? Leaky pipes? Clogged drains? Do not waste time scratching your head and googling around for how-to fixes. Go and call your local plumber right away! Plumbing work is technical work, and if you’re not qualified and trained for the job, you might do more damage than you think! Better yet, to avoid any future piping or water system problems, go ahead and set a regular schedule for a plumbing maintenance job. 

Are you a plumber who needs help in creating that effective checklist that could get you successfully through a plumbing job without missing anything? Go ahead and download our plumbing maintenance checklist templates. Start using our checklist templates, and you’d be sure you’ll go without a hitch in your job!