Don't Live With Someone Else's Plumbing Problems: How To Identify Troubles In Your New Home
Now that you've moved into your new home, you want to make sure that it's clean and ready to go. If you've purchased a resale home, there could be dirt and bacteria left behind by the previous owners. You don't want to live with someone else's dirt and grime. You also don't want to live with someone else's plumbing problems. That's why it's important that you start from scratch, and get things in tiptop shape as soon as you move in. Even if you've had a pre-purchase inspection, there could still be some lingering plumbing issues that could cause you problems later on. Here are three steps you should take to make sure your plumbing isn't going to cause you problems in the months ahead.
Give the Drains a Thorough Cleaning
Depending on how well-maintained your home was, it could have years of dirt, hair, food, and waste, built up in the drains. All that buildup could lead to clogs, foul odors, and even sewage backups. Not only that, but if there are roots growing in the drains, you could be looking at a drain collapse in the future. You don't want to pay the high price of someone else's poor maintenance. To avoid that, you should have your drains cleaned as soon as you can. Not only will your plumber be able to get the drains cleaned, they'll also be able to tell you if there are any other drain issues that you need to worry about.
Identify Potential Leaks
Once you've gotten moved into your home, you should start checking for leaks. Leaky faucets will be obvious. However, there are other leaks that might not be as easy to locate. Those are the leaks that are hiding underground, and behind the walls. The first thing you should do is listen for running water. This will be the first sign that you have a leak somewhere. Make sure everything is quiet in your home, and then walk room-to-room listening for running water. If you hear it, you'll need to call the plumber. They'll be able to locate the leak for you. You should also check your yard for damp spots, or areas that are squishy under your feet. Those signs are a definite indication that you've got a leaky pipe.
Clean Your Water Heater
If you've decided not to replace the water heater, you should still give it a good cleaning. Draining the water heater, and flushing it out, will remove all the dirt, rust, and sediment that might be hiding inside the tank. This is a relatively simple project that will require a long garden hose. Begin by turning your water heater off. Attach the garden hose to the valve located at the bottom of the tank. It's the one that looks like a faucet. Turn the valve to the "on" position and wait for the water to drain from the tank. Turn the water on to fill your tank and allow it to flush through for a few minutes. Once the water that's being flushed out is clear. Shut the faucet valve off, remove the hose, and then fill the tank the rest of the way.
If you've just moved into a new home, make sure your plumbing is ready to go. Use the tips provided here to identify potential problems. If you identify any issues, contact a plumber near you.