checking plumbing in new homeMoving is an exciting affair! It is going to introduce you and your family to an all new home, a new town, new people and new happenings. However, it should also be checked carefully whether your stay in your new home will be pleasant, whether it is your own home or rental. And plumbing is an important element you should check keenly for this. If plumbing is not in a good order, you just cannot imagine, the hurdles created in your life, stinky toilets, damp walls, dripping taps, choked sinks, slow flow or absence of water when needed and so on! If you don’t want to face these troubles immediately after stepping into your new home, you should check the plumbing in your new home before you make a move there. Here are some tips.

1. Check Water Meter

Find out where the water meter of the house is located and check whether the shutting valve of the water supply to the home is in properly working condition. If the water is supplied from a well, the shutting valve is usually located in the home, mostly under the sink in kitchen. If you shut this valve, there should be no water coming out when you open taps in bathroom, kitchen, etc.

2. Check Lead Pipes

Lead is a hazardous material. Houses built before 1998 usually have plumbing of lead. Remember this point while buying or renting a new home. Especially if you have kids, you better avoid a home with lead pipes.

3. Check Water Heater

As water heater will provide hot water to your entire family, its size matters. If your family contains 4 people, the heater tank should be at least 40 gallon. Check also the location of the water heater and its age. Also, if you check mineral deposits beforehand, it will save you from much of hassle in the future, because these deposits get settled on the bottom of the tank, thereby leaves less space for water. If the heater is old and corroded, you should request to replace it in the purchase contract itself.

4. Check Sewer

Check where your new home’s sewer goes – to a septic tank or a municipal sewer. If it’s a septic tank, check its location and when it was last cleared and/or serviced. If there is a leakage or odor around the tank, it shows that there is a problem which should be resolved before you sign the purchase contract.

5. Freezing Pipes

These can cause several problems like pipe breakage, stopped water or leakage. To avoid this, seek a home wherein the vents across the home can be shut off when there would be severe cold. Wrapping the pipes will also save them from freezing.

6. Check Leakage

Check well if there is no leakage in the faucets of bathroom, sink, toilets etc.

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