If you have ever dealt with a clogged drain or a busted pipe, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to catch any problems with your pipes before they get out of hand. If so, use the following tips for performing regular checks on your home's plumbing.

1.  Check Water Flow on All Drains

One common problem with your home's plumbing is the buildup of scum, grease, hair, and other debris inside the pipes that lead to serious clogs. Most of the time, however, you can catch these blockages before they completely stop up one of your drains.

Once or twice a month, set aside a time to check the water flow in all of your drains. Put the stopper in the drain, then fill the sink or bathtub halfway with water. Pull out the stopper, and see how quickly the water drains out.

If you do not see any difference in the time it takes for the water to drain, the pipes are still reasonably clear. However, if you notice that the water flow has slowed, there may be a partial blockage somewhere in the pipe. If this is the case, you may want to contact a plumber before the blockage completely clogs up the drain.

2.  Look for Signs of Leaking Pipes

Along with checking for clogged drains, another way you can stay ahead of any potential plumbing problems in your home is to look for any signs of leaking pipes. You can perform this check at the same time you are checking the drains.

For any visible pipes, look for signs of puddles underneath them, and run your hand along the pipes to see if they are coated with water. Also, check for signs of mold, such as a musty smell or fuzzy growth under the sinks. A leaking pipe will continue to feed this growth, leading to further damage.

If you cannot see the pipes, such as those for your bathtub, look for mold growth around the faucets and shower head. Also, check to see if there is any bubbling of the paint or wallpaper that could be caused by a water leak. 

Performing a regular inspection of your pipes' condition can help you stay on top of any potential problems. You may also want to consider hiring a residential plumbing maintenance service to periodically do a thorough check on your pipes and discuss any issues and remedies before the problems lead to costly repairs.