Plumbing is a necessary part of any home, but it can also be an area that people don’t think about until something goes wrong. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you know what to look for in your new home’s plumbing.
Here are 10 things to look for in your new home’s plumbing.
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Toilet Filling/Flushing Properly
Your toilet should flush well and completely, so look for a toilet that has a large trapway, which is the opening in the bottom of the bowl that lets water in and out of the bowl. A larger trapway will allow more water to flow in and out of your toilet, which means less chance of clogs and backups.
The tub drain is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system. A clogged tub drain can cause water to back up into your home and lead to serious damage, so it’s important to make sure that the tub drain is in good condition before you buy a home. This will help save on costs involving repairs and replacements. Plug the tub and fill it then check for proper drainage and clogs. This is also a chance to check the plumbing in the crawl space or basement for leaks.
When choosing a home, make sure that the sinks, tubs, and showers are in good condition and working properly with quality fixtures. If they’re not in good condition, they could become a source of leaks and other problems down the road. Turn on all the fixtures and the shower to check for adequate water pressure and leaks. Make sure the faucet it securely connected to the sink by wiggling the handles
A water heater is an essential part of any household, but it can also be one of the most expensive parts to replace. If you’re buying a home, it’s important to know what kind of water heater will be in your new home and how long it may last. It’s also important to know if there are any leaks or other issues as this could lead to additional costs. If it’s possible, obtain the date it was installed and where it was purchased from.
Water Pressure Regulator
The water pressure regulator is a device that controls the amount of water that flows into your home. The regulator ensures that you have enough water to do laundry, wash dishes, and take showers, but not so much that it leaks out through leaks or breaks in your pipes. Thus, saving on repairs and replacement costs. The recommended water pressure is between 40 and 60 PSI.
Water Softener (For homes with well water)
A water softener is one of the most important items homeowners should look for in their new home’s plumbing. It will help prevent limescale build-up and reduce the need for cleaning the home’s pipes regularly. If you are moving into a previously owned home, it may be a good idea to flush the resin bed every few months with a water softener cleaner to keep it in good working order.
When choosing a garbage disposal, look for one with a high horsepower motor (HP) and an efficient grinding chamber. This will help reduce the risk of clogs in your pipes caused by grease buildup, which can lead to expensive plumbing repairs. You may want to turn it on and listen to the motor with and without water running to make check for any odd sounds. Look under the sink at the disposal itself while running it to check for leaks.
If you’re going to be living in a house that has a septic tank, you need to make sure that the connection between the septic tank and the drain field is solid. If there is any damage or deterioration, it can lead to leaks or worse: flooding. If the home comes with a septic tank, find out when the last time it was pumped and where it is located in the yard.
When you need a plumber, you want a team that can get the job done fast.
You also want to know that you’re getting top-notch services from a licensed and insured company. At Leak Geeks, we’ve been providing plumbing services to customers in Keller, Texas since 2001, and our team of expert plumbers is ready to help you today!