When you finally sign the closing papers and move into your new house, your priorities may be to get everything moved in or to start re-painting those hideously-colored bedrooms. However, there is one other issue you should take care of before you get started unpacking and redecorating: learning about the plumbing. Finding out these three things about your plumbing system before you move in may save you from a plumbing emergency and will also ensure that if a plumbing issue does arise, you're more prepared to deal with it.
Locate the water shutoff valve.
Hopefully, you never have a major issue like a burst pipe. However, if such an emergency does occur, you'll need to know where the main water shutoff valve is, so you can turn it off and stop the flow of water. Locate this now, so you're not scrambling to find it in an emergency. If there are several large valves in your basement and you don't know which is the right one, turn them one by one, testing the water after each one, to see which turns the water off. Then, label that valve so you know where it is when you need it.
Are the pipes PVC or metal?
Ideally, you would have considered this before purchasing the house, but it is a factor that gets overlooked if you're buying in a hurry in a busy housing market or did not have an inspector go through the home with you. Take a look at the pipes throughout your basement, and note whether they are PVC or metal. If they are PVC, you'll want to be careful about using harsh drain cleaners, since they can slowly wear down the material and cause leaks. If they are metal, using drain cleaners is likely safe – but you may want to talk to a plumber to be sure.
Are there un-insulated pipes that may be prone to freezing?
When you're examining the pipes in your basement, also note whether there are any pipes that travel up the basement walls that are not wrapped in insulation. You should also look under the kitchen cupboards and check for any un-insulated pipes traveling along the exterior wall to the sink or other appliances. These pipes may be prone to freezing on really cold winter days. If you know you have un-insulated pipes, you can take precautions like leaving your heat turned up when you're not home and leaving cupboard doors open to keep the kitchen pipes warm.
For more information, contact Trenchless Pipe Technologies or a similar company.Share
24 September 2015
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