Posted on: 27 June 2016
When you first move into a new house, it's only natural for your to-do list to be a mile long. While the idea of adding to that to-do list may seem daunting, it really is worth your while to take a few minutes and complete these plumbing-related tasks. As a result, you'll have a lower risk of issues like clogs, leaks, and flooding in the future.
Task #1: Clean all of the drains.
You don't know what the old owner rinsed down the drain. Some remnants could be lingering down there, waiting to contribute to a clog or emit foul odors. So, dump about a cup of baking soda down each drain. Follow it up with a cup of plain, white vinegar, and then wait an hour before rinsing the mixture down with plenty of water. The foaming mixture will loosen any grime that's built up in the pipes and drains and will also neutralize odors.
Task #2: Check the faucets and showerheads for limescale buildup.
Limescale buildup on a showerhead or faucet head can cause low water pressure. Take a look at each of these in your home, and if you spot limescale buildup on any faucet or showerhead, address it now with vinegar. Pour vinegar into a small plastic bag, and then immerse the faucet or showerhead in the bag. Fasten the bag with a rubber band, and let it sit to soak for about a day. The vinegar will eat away the limescale, so when you remove it, the water will flow freely through the faucet.
Task #3: Locate the main water shutoff valve.
If you ever have a major leak, knowing where the water main shutoff is will help you reduce the amount of flooding in your home. Locate this valve, and make sure everyone in your family know where it is. Try turning it to ensure it is easy to turn and not stuck in place. If needed, you can apply some lubricant, like WD-40, to the valve to make it easier to turn off.
Task #4: Watch the meter to detect leaks.
It's best to find out about a leak now, rather than in 3 months when you get a super-high water bill. Turn off all faucets and all appliances that use water. Then, take a look at your water meter. If the "water in use" dial is moving, that means water is still flowing through your pipes – which means you have a leak. Call a plumber (such as one from Puget Sound Plumbing), who can find the leak and repair it before it leads to excessive water bills and water damage. Note that many leaks happen below ground in the pipes leading into your home, so even if you don't see any evidence of a leak inside, it's important to address this issue.Share