When you buy a new home, you want to learn about the plumbing system before you buy it or as soon as you move in, so you can prevent water damage from a leak. A plumbing inspection should be done before you purchase the house, but you may also want an inspection that you can attend afterward so you can be present and learn firsthand about the condition of the pipes. Here are some things you want to know:
Location Of Cut-Off Valves
You want to know where the main valve is so you can shut off the water to your home in case a pipe bursts. This valve should be located on the outside of your home facing the street. Also, learn where the cut off valves are inside your home. Each sink and the toilet should have one underneath them so if a faucet springs a leak, you can shut off the supply line without having to cut off water to your entire house. If the plumbing is old, the valves may be frozen in place. Consider having them replaced if they don't move so they can be ready to go in time of disaster.
How To Read The Water Meter
Municipal water meters aren't all the same. If you're used to a meter that spins when even a tiny amount of water escapes, you might not pick up on a leak when you move to a home with a less sensitive meter. If the arrow doesn't detect water movement easily, then write down the numbers on the meter and then check them again in a couple of hours while keeping the water off in your home the entire time. If the numbers increase when all your faucets are off, it's a sign of a water leak and you need to call in a plumber for help finding it.
Also, look for a pressure regulator near the meter. Not all meters have them, but if yours does, you'll know to check it when you have problems with water pressure. Another thing to check is the ability to turn off the water. Your city may prohibit you from turning off the water at the meter and have the valve designed in such a way that you can't. Other times, you just need permission from the city and a special tool to do it. The only time you need to close the valve is when there is a burst pipe between the meter and your main water valve or when the main water valve itself is leaking and you need to replace it.
The Age Of The Pipes
Another thing you want to know is the age of the pipes in the home. You can go by the date the home was constructed, but if it is an old home, it's always possible the pipes were replaced during an earlier renovation. Understand that this is important because, at one time, galvanized steel pipes were put in new construction homes. Those pipes have now aged and are corroded and crumbly. If the pipes in your home are corroded galvanized steel, then you'll need to replace them before they leak and cause water damage.
A plumber can run a video camera through the lines to look for signs of corrosion. Also, the plumber can look at exposed pipes and tell what materials they are made from. While the plumber is checking the lines in your home, you may want your home checked for a septic tank. If your home has one currently, you want to know when it needs to be pumped so it doesn't back up. If your home has an abandoned tank, you want to know its location so you can fill it in and avoid a collapse that could hurt someone or damage your property.
Contact a company like Whitewater Plumbing & Heating Inc for more information and assistance.Share
16 July 2017
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