Are you excited to be a new homeowner? Congrats! It’s thrilling to own your home and not answer to a landlord. Still, homeownership comes with plenty of new responsibilities. For one, you are now in charge of keeping your pipes and plumbing fixtures in good working order.
The last thing you want is to deal with a plumbing concern right after moving in, so it’s smart to make sure everything is ready to go before closing day. Here are eight valuable plumbing tips every new homeowner should know.
Once you settle on your dream home, it’s wise to get a professional plumbing inspection. This can reveal underlying issues with the supply lines, fixtures, appliances and drains you may not have noticed. Low water pressure or a slow toilet leak won’t always be a deal-breaker, but it’s nice to take care of these problems before moving in.
Your home’s pipes can freeze and burst if they’re exposed to cold temperatures. No new homeowner wants to deal with that, so take a look at all exposed pipes before moving in. If the pipes aren’t insulated, this inexpensive upgrade is an effective preventive measure against frozen and burst pipes.
Turning off the water to your house can greatly reduce property damage if you encounter a major emergency like a burst pipe. But you must first know where the valve is located.
If the property has a basement or crawl space, the shutoff valve is probably situated on a wall close to the front of the house. If the building is on a slab foundation, check in the garage or near the water heater.
Still no luck? The shutoff valve is sometimes located in a utility box buried near the street. Look for a round or rectangular metal cover flush with the grass or sidewalk. It could be labeled “water meter” to help you identify it.
If you still can’t find the main water shutoff valve, call a plumber for help locating it before you have an emergency.
Alongside the main shutoff valve, most fixtures and appliances should have dedicated valves entering the wall behind them. This allows you to turn off the water while making repairs or to mitigate damage in an emergency. Familiarize yourself with the location of these valves when you buy a new house.
Water damage is a common concern associated with plumbing leaks, but a leaky faucet can also drain your wallet. For example, one drip per second wastes more than 1,600 gallons per year. To prevent this, watch for these signs of plumbing leaks in your new home:
Contrary to popular belief, chemical drain openers don’t belong in a plumbing emergency kit. These caustic cleaners can harm your pipes if used repeatedly. Plus, they only offer a temporary solution at best.
An effective alternative is to have non-chemical supplies available the next time you have a plumbing emergency. These include:
Anything that flows down the drain aside from water can cause a clog. Run your drains flowing smoothly with these preventive tips:
While these plumbing tips for new homeowners should keep many problems at bay, it’s still smart to know a reliable plumber in your area. For dependable, affordable work, there’s no better place to turn than Calverley Service Experts.
We have locations across North America to assist customers from coast to coast. When you choose our licensed plumbers for the job, you can rest easy that every repair and installation job is backed by a one-year 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact your local Calverley Service Experts office to schedule plumbing services with us today.
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