Purchasing a home is one of the largest investments that many people will ever make. It does not matter whether it is your first home purchase, or your fourth. However, for the person purchasing their first home, it is important to pay attention to the home’s plumbing system.
Although it is not necessary to be well knowledgeable in all issues related to this system, it may be beneficial as well as cost effective to have some basic knowledge.
The following are several tips to keep in mind regarding the basics of this important system in your new home.
Leaky Pipes Are The Main Causes Of Issues
This is very important to know because it may not always be obvious there is a leak, especially if the leak is very slow. Even though the plumbing system may not be affected by the leak initially, escaped water can cause severe damage in your home over time. It can also cause damage to your bank account.
You should know the signs to look for, and the things you can do to prevent leaks. For example, pink or white calcium deposits are often around the pipes, and this is a sign that water is escaping.
Green and blue deposits are mold and mildew, and this is a sign of too much moisture. The excess moisture is usually the result of a leaky pipe.
You May Not Discover A Leaky Toilet Until You Get A Water Bill
If you use well water and have a septic tank, you may not even know you have a problem with the pipes in your home until your septic tank begins to display problems. Even if you pay a water bill, it may be difficult to diagnose the problem is originating from your toilet because the bottom of a toilet is covered by sealant.
Therefore, it is important to watch your water bill carefully to look for any sudden spikes in charges. Significant spikes can indicate a leak. Listen for running water that is continuous and keep an eye on the flooring around the toilet for discoloration or buckling.
Unfortunately, it is not always simple to notice when your toilet is not working properly. However, hiring a professional and experienced contractor to confirm any suspected leaks.
Another plumbing tip to keep in mind is be careful when using drain cleaners. Although many homeowners consider these products lifesavers when they have a clog or slow drain, they should be used with caution. They can cause damage to the pipes in the system, and this can result in costly replacements.
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