When moving into a new home, you’re likely going to feel a mix of stress and excitement. A new home is a new place to make your own, but moving is a strenuous process. Between these emotions, you may not even think to look for problems with the plumbing. Often, it’s not until we’re settled in that we begin to notice a leak or hear odd sounds coming from our pipes. It’s important to be on the lookout for any plumbing concerns right away, so if you’re moving into a new home, use this checklist to prevent any plumbing mishaps.
Take a Look
Even if you’re unfamiliar with common plumbing concerns, you can still perform a basic visual inspection. Check for rusty pipes, wear and tear that seems abnormal, any cracks or leaks, and any other sign that something has gone awry. The physical appearance of your plumbing fixtures can tell you a lot more about them than you may expect. Likewise, obvious signs of water damage such as mold and mildew are other red flags that should get your immediate attention.
Test the Water Pressure
Turning on your tap or shower will give you a good sense of your water pressure. It should be enough such that you can quickly fill up a glass or have an enjoyable shower, while not so much that it creates unwanted noises or causes strain to your plumbing. You can use a pressure gauge to get a more accurate reading but otherwise, use your best judgment.
Check the Ceiling
Ceilings are often areas that first indicate plumbing problems. Pipes that run through walls may leak and cause stains, watermarks, or cracks on your ceilings. You may even have water dripping from your ceiling. The larger the stains are, the bigger the issue might be—sometimes a water stain could just indicate a minor leak that was already fixed, so be sure to ask your realtor.
Try the Water
Turn on all the water taps in your kitchen, bathroom, and even outdoor taps if you have any. If you see any discoloration or even rusty-looking water, that could be a sign that something is up. You can fill a glass up with tap water if you need a better look for this test.
Look for Clogs
Even the most inexperienced DIY’er can often fix small clogs with the use of a plunger. Larger clogs will allow water to back up when taps are run and could prevent you from comfortably using a sink or shower. If you hear gurgling or water slowly accumulates, it could signify that an impending clog is coming.
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