New Home Plumbing Tips

Posted on: 8 June 2018

So, you have recently moved into a new home and now you want to learn about the home's different systems that will prove to be important with regards to the proper running of the home. This article is going to focus on plumbing, educating you on some of the things you should check and familiarize yourself with when it comes to the plumbing system at your new place.

Find that main shut off valve

You may think it is going to be a breeze to locate such an important thing as a home's main shut off valve for the water supply to the home. However, this is often one of the best kept secrets that drives new home owner's crazy, especially if they are frantically looking for it in the midst of a plumbing emergency. Some good places to look for this main water valve include in the yard, near the porch, under the porch, near one of the outside hose bibs or near a slab of cement or another type of landmark. Once you find it, you should draw a diagram showing where it is and tape it in one of the cabinets in the home, so others can revert to it in the case of a plumbing emergency.

Check all visible pipes

Take some time to look at the condition of all visible or accessible pipes, such as the ones under the sinks or in the laundry room. Make sure they look like they are in good condition. If you notice they are starting to look like they are getting fine lines in them, showing they may be getting brittle, consider having them replaced now, before you have an issue with them cracking on you. Also, if you live where it snows, check to verify outside pipes are properly insulated. If they aren't then you should have this taken care of to avoid them freezing and possibly bursting.

Check all drains

Let the water run in all sinks, showers and tubs to make sure the water flows down them as it should. If any of them have slow movement, pour a bit of baking soda and white vinegar down them to help free up small clogs. If the issue doesn't go away, have a plumber come out to correct the issue now so you can prevent major clogs that may be around the corner and will leave you dealing with issues when it is inconvenient.  

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