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May 08,2023

Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

Homeownership is an exciting milestone, but it comes with great responsibilities. After all, a home is the single largest investment of a lifetime for most people. In this brief article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we share some plumbing tips to keep your home and investment in tip-top shape as far as the plumbing system is concerned. If you ever need a uniformed plumber for routine plumbing service or urgent plumbing repair, you can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to speak with a live representative. Our experienced and dedicated plumbers are ready when you are.

Schedule a Plumbing Inspection

We actually recommend a plumbing inspection BEFORE purchasing a home, but it’s always better late than never. A comprehensive inspection of the plumbing system can uncover plumbing problems as well as issues and vulnerabilities that can be nipped in the bud. Rusting or corroding pipes, improper installations, misaligned pipes, and leaks are just some of the concerns you want to be aware of as the new homeowner.

Locate the Water Shut-Off Valves

In the event of a plumbing emergency, the first thing to do is turn off the water supply. Whether it’s to stop an overflowing toilet or a burst pipe, locating the water shut-off valve is the first step. You don’t want to go on this exploration during the panic. Be aware of where the main water shut-off valve and individual shut-off valves are located so that you can calmly get things under control in case of a plumbing emergency.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

A plumbing inspection is crucial before purchasing a home, but it’s not restricted to then. It is advised homeowners schedule annual inspections to catch any new issues. It’s also important to schedule periodic maintenance, such as drain cleaning, leak detections, and water heater maintenance. Don’t wait until small issues snowball into big headaches. Keep your plumbing system in top condition with routine plumbing service.

Be Mindful and Proactive

Don’t wait for a local plumber to tell you there’s something wrong with your plumbing system. Be mindful and vigilant for signs of trouble. Some things to keep an eye for include:

  • A persistent surge in water bills
  • Low water pressure
  • Discolored or smelly water
  • Inconsistent water temperature
  • Water stains or discoloration on walls and ceilings
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Patches of overly lush grass in the yard
  • Rodent and pest infestations
  • Sound of dripping or running water when faucets and appliances are off

Catching these troubling signs is not enough though. Schedule timely plumbing repair and ask the plumber about potential causes so you can proactively prevent it from happening again.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

You should know where the shut-off valves are located by now. To be better prepared for plumbing emergencies, you should also keep a plunger, drain snake, and bucket(s) on hand. It’s also wise to have a reliable plumber on call. Save Mr. Rooter Plumbing to your contacts list for emergency plumbing repair at any time of the day. Our live representatives and dedicated plumbers are always happy to help.

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