First-time home buyers have their work cut out for them. Whether you're purchasing a brand-new home or investing in a fixer-upper, there are a few mainstays that ring true. One of them is that most plumbing issues need to be taken care of as soon as you discover them.
Did you just purchase a new home, and are you eager to get started renovating so you can enjoy it for years to come? Let's take a look at some things to remember as you start your life in your new home:
Check the toilets
One of the most important things to do when doing a plumbing check of your new abode is to make sure the toilets work. Testing a toilet to see if it needs repairs is imperative in determining if there are unseen problems. Do you have to jiggle the handle to keep it from running? Does the fixture make odd noises when it's not being used? These are common questions for assessing a leak.
Do routine maintenance on your large appliances
This is another no-brainer. Dishwashers, refrigerators and laundry appliances are all integral parts of your home's ecosystem, so when problems arise with these machines, it's never convenient. Aside from the inconvenience, larger issues could crop up, including mold in case of leaks. Be sure to assess all the hoses and valves to make sure they are tight and free of leaks, and check for signs of pipe degradation, on all of your included appliances before you move in.
Know what you can and can't put down the drain
You shouldn't put more than toilet paper in your toilet, stringy vegetables down the garbage disposal or cooking oil in the kitchen sink. Learning the difference between what you're allowed to put down the drain and what you're not can promote longevity in your appliances and fixtures.
If you feel like you're in over your head, don't worry – a certified plumbing professional is only a call away. Get in touch today.
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