If you’ve recently purchased a new home, you know that the home inspection likely revealed any plumbing issues that need to be fixed but you still have some vital plumbing tasks that you should tend to before getting settled in. Here are 4 of the most common tasks.
Select a Plumber
The last thing you want to do during a plumbing emergency is conduct a google search for plumbers and cross your fingers that you picked the right company. It’s much better to have met and evaluated your choice of plumber far in advance. Once you’ve selected a plumber, make sure to have their contact information handy and in a visible spot in your home. This ensures that whoever is home can access that information during a plumbing emergency.
Get Your Water Heater Inspected
You woke up in a hurry, need to rush and get ready for work and you turn the shower on only to realize that you have no hot water—not the start of a good day. Avoid those panicky days and have the plumbing company inspect the condition of your water heater. Many companies either provide a free water heater evaluation or charge a nominal fee (usually under $100) for the service. Anything that demands your attention will likely be discussed and options for the repair or replacement should always be provided. Sometimes all your water heater needs is to be flushed or a minor adjustment. All modifications can prolong the life of your water heater and prevent catastrophic mornings.
Locate Your Main Water Shutoff
Every member of the family should know where the main water shutoff is located. In the event of a major water leak, it’s important that you turn off the water to avoid causing serious damage to the home. This task alone could save you thousands of dollars in water damage. Once you locate your main water shutoff, make sure that it’s in good condition and is easily accessible. If it looks corroded, old, or is in a tricky spot you may want your plumber to replace the shutoff and relocate it to a more convenient location.
Get Your Drains Cleaned
Unless you’re moving into a brand new home, chances are that there are buildup or minor blockages in your drains. Sometimes this is noticeable when you have sinks or bathtubs that drain slowly but often times, this goes unnoticed.
You main line drain is the main artery for your entire drain system. Every plumbing fixture in your home ultimately leads to this single pipe. Roots love finding water and a main line drain provides them with an ample amount. Over time, the roots grow and create major blockages that rupture your drain line and can cause very costly repairs or in many cases, replacement of your drain line which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Your best bet is to get your drains cleaned when you first move in by having them hydro jetted. A hydro jetter is a special machine that uses high-pressure water to remove all the excess build up in your main drain line and scrub it clean. For preventative maintenance, it is recommended that you hydro jet your main line every year or so.