5 Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners
Buying your first home is an exciting endeavor, and it’s also the biggest investment you’re ever likely to make. Chances are that you based your purchase on a number of key factors including location, price, size, and aesthetic appeal, but with so many things to consider and so much to look at, plumbing often falls to the bottom of the list.
While your initial focus may be on furniture arrangement and paint colors, it’s important to consider what’s behind your walls and beneath your sinks in order to protect your home and contents from a potential disaster.
Here are some helpful plumbing tips for new homeowners in the Baltimore area that can help you avoid a number of costly repairs, and deal with any issues that do arise efficiently and effectively.
SCHEDULE A PLUMBING INSPECTION
Having an experienced, licensed plumber perform a detailed plumbing inspection should be at the top of your list after purchasing your new home, and on an annual basis going forward. During the inspection, the experts at Pohlman Plumbing will examine all aspects of your plumbing system to ensure they are in good working order and free from wear or damage, including the following:
- Sewer lines
- Water heater
- And more!
This invaluable service can help identify minor issues before they become major repairs, prevent damage to your home, and determine if repair or replacement is needed.
LOCATE THE WATER MAIN SHUT OFF VALVE
In the midst of a plumbing emergency, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for the shut off valve. Ensure each member of your family knows where it is located and how and when to turn it off if needed.
AVOID USING LIQUID DRAIN CLEANER
Clogs happen, but how you deal with them will determine the integrity of your plumbing system. As a safer alternative, try the following methods to unclog your drain before calling for professional plumbing repair:
- Hand plunger
- Half a cup of baking soda poured down the drain followed by one cup of vinegar and several cups of hot water
- Drain snake
KEEP UP WITH MAINTENANCE
Preventive maintenance can help avoid a number of plumbing issues and keep your system running smoothly. Perform the following tasks on a monthly basis:
- Run the water and flush the toilet in unused or infrequently used areas of your home
- Clean the garbage disposal by pouring one-half cup of baking soda down the drain followed by one cup of vinegar, and several cups of hot water
- Check beneath sinks and around faucets for leaks
- Clear the hair from shower drains
Annual maintenance should include:
- Schedule a plumbing inspection
- Test the sump pump
- Remove the sediment from shower heads
PROTECT YOUR PIPES
As outdoor temperatures drop, exposed pipes can freeze and burst. In the fall, detach outdoor hoses, drain the water line, and cover outdoor spigots with a foam insulation cover. Insulate pipes in unheated areas of the home such as the basement, garage, or crawl space.
PLUMBING INSPECTION & REPAIR SERVICES IN BALTIMORE, MD
Protect your investment and save money on the cost of repairs with a comprehensive plumbing inspection from the experts at Pohlman Plumbing.
Call us today at (410) 764-5626 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for plumbing installation, maintenance, or repair in the Baltimore metro area.