Inspecting the water system
The water system of a boat can make or break a trip with the family so be sure to have a regiment in place to make sure your plumbing is working at SHIPSHAPE
To inspect the plumbing of a boat, you will need to follow these steps:
- Begin by identifying all of the plumbing systems on the boat. This can include things like the fresh water system, the waste water system, and any other systems that use pipes or hoses that transport fluids.
- Check the condition of the pipes and hoses. Look for any signs of corrosion, kinks, or damage. Look for chafing in the pipes as some hoses have a tendency to rub up against bulkheads from the movement of the boat. Make sure that all connections are secure and free of leaks.
- Inspect the water pumps and other mechanical components of the plumbing system. Make sure that they are in good working order and free of any visible damage. Check the electrical connections of these pumps for any corrosion.
- Check the condition of the water tanks and other storage containers. Make sure that they are clean and free of any leaks or damage. Most people are afraid to drink from their water tanks, don’t be that guy.
- Test the operation of the various plumbing systems. This can include turning on faucets and showers to check the flow of water, flushing toilets to check the operation of the waste water system, and running the bilge pump to check the condition of the bilge. If it doesn’t immediately work, you know you got a problem.
- Look for any signs of water damage or leaks. This can include discoloration, soft spots, or other indications of water infiltration.
- Finally, make any necessary repairs or replacements as needed. This can include tightening loose connections, replacing damaged pipes or hoses, or servicing mechanical components. Be sure to measure proper length of hose, the hoses for a boat are surprisingly expensive.
Overall, it is important to be thorough and systematic when inspecting the plumbing of a boat. Take the time to look at every aspect of the plumbing system, from the pipes and hoses to the tanks and pumps, and make any necessary repairs or replacements as needed.