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Plumbing Problems Every Homebuyer Should Look Out For

When looking to buy a new home, you can easily overlook troublesome plumbing problems, especially if you don’t know how to identify them. Yet, while a number of plumbing issues can easily be fixed, others can not. This result in serious structural damage and could also cost you thousands of dollars in repairs over the years.

Therefore, before buying a home, ensure you look for the following red flags:

Sewer or Septic

Prior to purchasing a home, one of the first things look for is whether or not that home is on a septic tank or city sewage system. If it’s on the city sewage system, then there are high chances that it will have minimal plumbing issues, given that municipal or city sewage systems are often reliable and can take enormous amounts of waste compared to septic.

If the house has a septic system, find out the location of septic tank and inspect the surrounding area for any signs of leakage. Finally, find out when the tank was last inspected or cleaned. It is costly to replace septic tanks, so ask for receipts.

Lead Pipes

Lead pipes are not only an environmental hazard but very difficult to replace. Galvanized or leaded plumbing are common in old homes. Lead pipes can corrode causing major health and plumbing issues, hence should be completely removed and replaced with unleaded or non-galvanized steel plumbing.

Rust in water is one of the main ways of determining if the plumbing system of the home you intend to buy has lead pipes.

Water Heater

The water heater lasts about 10 years. A plumber can easily tell how old a water heater is based on its serial number and model. Dampness, lack of hot water, and corrosion are some of the first signs that the system is approaching the end of its life.

Find the system and determine its age to avoid future surprises. Homeowners usually hide them in the utility closet or garage.  If it leaks, it could ruin your property.

Water Meter

Locate the home’s water meter and find out whether the water shut-off valve is in proper working condition. This is vital. In case of an emergency, you need to know where the turning-off valves are.

Water Stains

Stains on the floor or ceiling are another danger sign. They are often an indicator of internal pipe leakages, which cannot only result in serious damages but also may invite termites and mold into the home.

Water Pressure

Does the house sink give you a drizzle when you require high water pressure? Low water pressure could be an indicator of plumbing issues too. Test this by flushing the toilet and running the bathroom sink in tandem. In the event water pressure drastically drops, this could be a sign of improper plumbing, blockage or corroding pipes.

Summary

There are several other plumbing issues not covered here. But these six should be a good starting point. Address these issues before you pay for the home to avoid costly repairs later.

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5 Emergency Plumbing Tips Everyone Should Know About

Have you ever experienced a plumbing emergency, such as a burst water pipe, clogged toilet that floods your home, or even a kitchen sink that’s bubbling with water?

When such plumbing emergencies happen, there is no need to panic. Although most plumbing fixes need professional help, we’ve identified 5 basic plumbing tips can help you in case of unexpected problems and help you to avoid a plumbing disaster.

How to turn off the main water line

A burst pipe or any other similar plumbing problem can cause a lot of property damage. As a plumbing emergency rule, the faster you turn off the main water line to your home, the less widespread the water damage will be.

Make sure you know where your home’s water turn off valve is located and practice shutting it off. Usually, the valves are located in your front yard or even in the garage. Make sure everyone in your home knows this and instruct them to always turn off the water as the first step whenever there is a leakage.

How to repair leaky faucets

A number of leaky faucets can be fixed by washer replacement. You can get the washers from the local hardware store for just a few cents.

However, before you replace the washer, try to tighten the faucet at the base using a wrench. Only if this doesn’t work should you replace the washer. If both fixes do not work, the best thing will be to install a new faucet. For installation of new faucets, just follow the installation guide in the manufacturer kit.

How to unclog a drain

To unclog a drain, first turn off the water then try using a plunger to remove the obstruction. In a clogged sink or toilet, you can often fix the problem by plunging the drain.

To obtain best results, you should plunge rhythmically more than ten times in order to build up the pressure in the pipe. If the toilet or sink is draining slowly, use liquid drain cleaner. Beyond this point, you will need the services of a plumber.

How to stop a running toilet

A running toilet is normally due to failing of the flapper in the tank to properly seal or close. First, shut-off the valve behind the bowl to turn off water to the toilet.

Then, confirm if the chain needs adjustment or if it’s broken. If the chain is not the culprit, you may be required to replace the arm and flapper. This should be simple and inexpensive.

How to fix a leaky toilet

If water is leaking from the base of your toilet, confirm to see if it has shifted. Shifting can crack wax seal and hence allow seeping. You can fix this problem by twisting the toilet back into position. In case this doesn’t work, replace the wax ring. Beyond that, find a plumber.

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Now you’re better prepared for any plumbing emergencies that you may experience in your home. If you need professional help, just call us to speak to an expert.

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4 Reasons Why Your Drain Keeps Clogging

A clogged drain is the last thing any homeowner wants. They are a huge inconvenience in the house and often swarm with disease-causing bacteria. Clogged drains may also result in unpleasant odors that can render your home inhabitable.

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For this reason, you should find ways to prevent the problem. To do this, we’ve identified four common causes of blocked drains that you need to pay particular attention to:

Clogged With Hair

Hair is perhaps the most common cause of clogging in bathrooms and toilets. When we comb our hair in the bathroom and thereafter don’t clean the place, hair strands will collect and over time can clog the drain.

Solution: Never allow hair to pile. After using the bathroom or sink, put on a pair of hand gloves and pull out any hair stands you can find. There are also special devices you can purchase from the local store that can be used to pull out hair strands from the drain.

Greased Up

Another major cause of clogging, grease, and fat often build up in the kitchen sink over time. What happens is that as you clean your kitchenware, the grease and fatty substances may get stuck along the interior walls of drainage pipes or even within the sink. Over time, say a few weeks, the buildup could be so huge that even water might not be able to run through the pipe.

Solution: Avoid washing fatty substances in the sink. As soon as the fat gets into the pipes, it will cool down and harden making it very difficult to remove. Instead, put kitchen grease and fatty substances into in a small container and discard them with garbage.

Toiletries

If you have a habit of throwing toiletries down the toilet, you also risk causing serious drainage problems in your home. Nappies and baby wipes are usually the major culprits. Since most people don’t like discarding them in the trash can, they usually feel that throwing these items down the toilet makes the most sense. It doesn’t. Once thrown down the toilet, the items typically enlarge, quickly blocking drainage pipes.

Solution: It’s really simple, only toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet. For nappies, baby wipes and other large toiletries, dispose them in a separate bin and take them out with the garbage.

Foreign Objects

Lastly, foreign objects account for a large portion of clogging incidences. Whether it’s children toys, soap, toothbrushes, sanitary product, or food items, foreign materials, usually solid, will instantly clog your drain. What’s more, most homeowners don’t know how to remove these objects. If you attempt a DIY, you may just find yourself pushing the object further down the drain.

Solution: First off, keep watch of the kids; ensure that they’re not throwing things down the toilet. Secondly, dispose of your waste properly; never try to flush food items and other solid waste down the toilet.

Have a clogged drain?

Don’t attempt a DIY. Find an experienced plumber to help you fix the problem once and for all.

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