As a brand new homeowner, you have probably already realized there is a bit of a learning curve to home ownership. You need to learn how the circuit breaker works, how to interact with a homeowner's insurance company, and how to mow the lawn. One of the most complicated home systems to understand, however, is your plumbing system. Here are five plumbing tips to really help you out as a new homeowner.
1. Know where your water main is located.
An emergency burst pipe can happen to anyone. Even if your pipes are pretty new, one might break due to a manufacturing defect. If this does happen, the ability to turn the water supply off may save you from extensive water damage and a flooded home. So, locate the main water valve and make sure you can turn it off easily. Lubricate it to loosen it up if it feels a little tight.
2. Buy two plungers.
Hopefully, you have a plunger. But you should really have two of them! One with a bowl-shaped head is best for a drain like those in your sink or tub. The type of the flange-shaped head is better for a toilet. Having the right plunger for the job makes it so much easier to loosen clogs.
3. Keep a sleeve over your washer discharge hose.
One of the biggest causes of pipe clogs, surprisingly, is lint from the washer discharge hose. So, check the washer discharge hose right now to make sure it has some soft of mesh screen over it. This screen will catch lint so the lint does not clog your pipes. Clean the lint drain every few weeks to keep things flowing freely.
4. Know the hidden signs of leaks.
Many leaks go undetected until they cause a big puddle on the floor. But if you know the earlier signs of a leak, you can treat it before you have a lot of water damage to deal with. Hidden signs of leaks include:
- Unexplained mold
- Bubbling paint or finishes
- A mold or mildew smell
- Swollen drywall
5. Have an emergency plumber's number on hand.
Even with the best plumbing maintenance and care, emergencies happen. When a plumbing emergency does occur, make sure you have the number of a good emergency plumber on hand to come take care of the problem. Ask friends and family members to recommend someone in the area.
For more plumbing tips for new homeowners, reach out to a company like All Rooter Inc.