If you have moved into a new home, then you and your family members will have to get to know the place. One of the many areas of concern you will have when it comes to becoming familiar with the house and spotting issues is with the plumbing system. Take into consideration these things to know you are paying attention to the plumbing correctly:
Take a look around at all the plumbing
You may not be a plumber, but this doesn't mean you can't look around for issues that need to be addressed. If you live where temperatures drop below freezing, go around the outside of the house right away and make sure any exposed pipes are at least insulated with the bare minimum of insulation tape. Verify there are no puddles in the yard on dry days. Check under cabinets for leaks and run all of the faucets in the entire house to see that they turn on and that the drains drain as they should. Flush all the toilets and watch to see that the water goes down quickly and that the toilet doesn't run after it is done flushing.
Make sure the faucets are releasing water as they should
When you turn on the faucets and showers, you also want to pay attention to how the water comes out. If the water barely comes out of the faucets, then the aerator may be dirty. You should be able to turn the tip of the faucet to get the aerator out. Once it is out, use an old toothbrush to clean off gunk or soak it in vinegar to get rid of calcium build up. If it's the shower heads that have very little water coming from them or the water sprays in crazy directions, then you want to clean them with vinegar as well.
Check out any foul smells
Be sure you don't assume foul smells are coming from somewhere off of your property. Often times, a foul smell can be a warning that you have an issue happening with the sewer lines. If this is the case, it is very important you get someone to come investigate and perform a sewer cleaning as soon as you are able to get them out to your property. Otherwise, you can end up with an issue that becomes an expensive one and one that's a health concern, and the smell will only get worse.Share
19 September 2018
Hello. My name is Anna, and I have lived in a home with a septic tank for the past nine years. Throughout this time, I have learned a lot about septic systems and what sort of maintenance needs to be done to keep them working perfectly. I want to pass that knowledge on to you. This blog will tell you what a septic system is and how it works. I will also discuss the pros and cons of having a septic system versus a public sewer. Finally, I will give you some tips and rules on how to care for your septic system.