Over the last two years, there has been a rise in the number of first-time buyers purchasing their new home. As many of us know, the excitement of buying your first home can be overwhelming, and you can often miss a few plumbing things you should know when moving in. Many first time buyers are blissfully unaware that plumbing issues can cause serious problems in your home if not dealt with promptly. Here we are going to answer your question of what plumbing do I need to know for the home moving checklist.
Have you ever moved into a new house and not known where your plumbing is located or who your local emergency plumber is. First things first are you may want to ask for a map of your pipework. One of the first mistakes you may make when moving into a new home is drilling a hole through a pipe trying to put something up on the wall. Not only can this be a pain but it could cause serious damage to your walls meaning you could end up spending a considerable amount. By having a map of your pipework, it will also help when you’re doing up a room or relocating your bath in the bathroom.
Look out for leaky pipes
There are a few telltale signs that you may have a leaking pipe somewhere in your home. If you have low-pressure water running through taps or showers, rust on pipes, water stains on walls, floor or carpets and mould growing on ceilings and walls. A leak can cause a range of problems in your home, by catching a leak early you can prevent severe damage.
Unfortunately, leaks aren’t always detectable and if not found in time can cause detrimental damage to your home. Make sure that if you think there are any telltale signs of a leak call a plumber who may potentially be able to source the burst pipe.
You will want to check if you have a water meter in your home as you may be billed for the amount of water you use. It is normally located on the ground outside of your home. If you do have a meter ensure you are giving your energy provider and accurate reading as they could potentially over bill you on your water usage.
While you may think it’s cheaper to install most of your bathroom and kitchen yourself, it can sometimes be the biggest expense when things go wrong. We always recommend if you want to do it yourself you take extra care and if you feel something isn’t right you should call a plumber.
In parts of the UK, water is harder than others which can cause an increase in limescale. If you are moving to a new location and are unaware of the water type contact your local water provider. You may also want to think about installing a water filtration system to get rid of any impurities in your water. It will also prevent the build-up of limescale.
Make sure your heating works completely before moving into your new home. Especially if you are moving into your new home during the winter. Your local plumber should be able to offer a radiator survey which will uncover any problems you may have with your heating system.
Some people are unaware of the items you can flush down your drains, and this can sometimes be a right pain to unblock. If you are washing items down your kitchen sink, we always recommend you wipe all the food off your plate into a bin or waste disposal before putting in the sink or dishwasher. Many people try and stuff food down the sink which can clog up piping if too chunky. Another mistake people make is pouring oil down the drain from a pan, this can be extremely difficult to remove. We always recommend when pouring oil you squeeze a little washing up liquid which will help break down the oil.
This one is mainly to the ladies out there, many of you tend to try and flush facial wipes, earbuds and cotton pads. If you check the labels of these products, many will inform you that these are not flushable items. It states this because they are hard to break down and can lodge in your pipework.
If you are finding your drains are blocked, you may want to once every two weeks unblock the drains with drain unblocker which you can purchase from Amazon.
Know where to turn your water off
You will want to know where your internal stop tap is, this is where your water supply comes into your home. It will be essential to know where this is, in case you need to turn your water off in an emergency. The best person to ask will be the previous owners of the house when you go to view it or ask the estate agent as they may know where it is located.
Emergency Call Outs
Know who you can call if you ever have needed an emergency plumber. The last thing you want is to be calling around plumbers to find out they don’t cover emergencies. We suggest you purchase a phone book in which you put all your emergency contacts, so you are ready for any situation. You can purchase a range of contact books from Zoro. It is always a great idea to have one especially if you are away and someone is house sitting; they will always know who to contact.
We hope this article was helpful and gives you an indication of some of the things you may need to be aware of when moving home. For first time buyers, it’s important you know where the pipework map is, where you can turn the water off and whether you have a water meter. These are all things you should be able to ask your estate agent when moving in. Always know who your emergency contacts are as you never want to be fumbling around trying to find someone in your hour of need.