Plumbing Tips for First-time Homeowners

One of the best ways for a person to start off the new year is by becoming a first-time homeowner. While most people understand the importance of getting their plumbing inspected prior to moving in, there are still several plumbing ins and outs that fly under the radar for the excited, new homeowner.

Here’s a look at some of the top plumbing facts that we think every first-time homeowner should know as they start to get settled into their new home.

Always Know the Location of Your Main Shut Off Valve

Sometimes burst pipes and valves happen. When these events occur water can quickly spread everywhere and create a wet hazard throughout your home. Fortunately, every home has a main shut-off valve that can turn the water off and effectively stop the spread until a plumber arrives.

However, finding a shut-off valve for the first time can be a hectic task when water is rushing through your home. So, before any issues ever arise, make sure to acquaint yourself with your home and locate your main and accessory shut-off valves for the house.

Knowing this information alone could save you a lot of time, money, and stress if a plumbing emergency arises.

Don’t Invest in Harsh Drain Cleaners

Although it may be tempting to buy drain cleaners to hang on to in the case of an unexpected clog, as professional plumbers, we say to avoid these products.

Chemical-based cleaners can ruin the inside and outside of your plumbing system and lead to extremely expensive repairs and replacements.

If you experience a clog, try a solution of ½ baking soda and ½ vinegar to unclog the drains. If that doesn’t work, it’s always best to call in the plumbing repair contractors.

Invest in Pipe Insulation

Texas can get unexpectedly cold. In order to avoid a rushed trip to the hardware store or a pricey pipe burst, make sure to invest in insulation. From drain covers to foam insulation that wraps around your pipes, be prepared for icy weather can be a life-saver for your plumbing.

Take Action With Even the Smallest Leak

Even something as seemingly small as a running toilet can cost homeowners around 800 gallons of water per day. So, if you notice a minor pipe leak or a faucet that won’t stop dripping, make sure to reach out to a local plumber immediately to save yourself money in the long term.

Buy a Home With a New Water Heater

An old water heater poses a hazard and plumbing threat to the home. When you move into your new home, you want to make sure that everything is in prime condition and you get your money’s worth.

The last thing you want as a new homeowner is to start your new life with a hot water heater that heats up slowly has excess sediment in the tank or just hasn’t been properly maintained.

The average life expectancy of a hot water heater is between 8 and 12 years. So if your new home’s water heater is around that age, it may be a good idea to try and start with a clean slate and work a new water heater into your closing costs.

Form a Relationship With a Reliable Local Plumber

Finally, even if you do everything right with your plumbing maintenance, it’s still possible for plumbing issues to occur. When this happens, you want to have a reliable plumber that you can call for a quality repair.

Some qualities to look for when selecting a plumber include the following:

  • Free or reasonable consultations
  • They are a licensed plumber
  • They specialize in multiple plumbing needs
  • They guarantee a quick response

Keep Your New Home Protected Today, With Plumbing Dynamics

If you are a new homeowner and need help with a plumbing problem, reach out to the experts of Plumbing Dynamics. Our team of experienced plumbers has seen it all and can help you overcome even the more dire of plumbing problems.

Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment with one of our master plumbers.