Congratulations on purchasing your home in Santa Fe, NM The journey of home ownership is just beginning. Let's review a few things you should remember as you close the deal and move into your New Mexico home:
Check for plumbing leaks
This is one of the first things you should do when moving into a new home. Before closing, your house inspector will no doubt do this, but it's helpful to look at everything with your own eyes, as well. Some things to watch out for include:
Leaky hot water heater
One way to check for leaks is to turn off the water in your home, read the meter immediately afterward and then check it again two hours later. If the two readings differ, you probably have a leak somewhere.
Be kind to your appliances
Your washing machine, dryer and refrigerator all need to be maintained properly in order to avoid emergencies down the road. Even if you buy them new when you move in, you should still treat them with care so that they last for a long time.
In addition, make sure you're paying attention to the kinds of foods you're putting in your garbage disposal. There are some foods that simply shouldn't be going down the drain, like bacon grease, fibrous vegetables or potato skins, so watch out for those situations.
Make sure you winterize your pipes
It's important to take the steps necessary to make sure your home is ready for winter - and that includes winterizing your pipes. Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against un-insulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing. In addition, you can leave a faucet dripping ever so slightly to prevent frozen pipes - as long as water is still moving through your home, this eliminates pressure that can build between an ice blockage and the faucet itself.
Call a plumber for any outstanding issues
For projects that you can't complete by yourself, or for a much-needed assessment of your new home's plumbing, you should turn to the experts. The local plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter can help you get your home in tip-top shape. Give us a call today for more information.
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