There is a lot of excitement when moving into a new home, but also a lot of work. For first-time home buyers and families upgrading to more square-footage alike, much of that work should go into keeping that new home’s plumbing in working order.
First things first, familiarize yourself with where things are, such as the water main. Knowing where you can turn off your home’s water supply is the most important thing is stopping or slowing an emergency. Whether it is a burst pipe, or a faucet that won’t stop running, shutting off the water can make an enormous difference.
When asking current homeowners what is we should not overlook one item when moving into a new home, the overwhelming majority will answer with the plunger. Just how to shut off the water, you need to unclog a drain or toilet as soon as possible. Keep in mind, there are different plungers for different situations.
One common bit of advice is that it is always easier to maintain things in their proper order, rather than allowing a bigger problem to arise later. This is true with your drains. Do not clog your drain. Know what can and cannot go down your kitchen sink, and use a drain cover to prevent hair from clogging the shower drain. You may believe that everything just washes away with the water, but that is wishful thinking.
You can be smart about your energy efficiency in two ways: reduce the amount of water used and do not overheat that water that is used. One can even affect the other. If you do cut back on your water usage, then you should not need to heat as much water each day. Get to know your water heater and learn to adjust the temperature settings when necessary.
Not all homes are created equal, and that also rings true for their plumbing systems. Be aware that you can’t solve all problems on your own and do not shy away from calling in an expert. For more information on your new home’s plumbing and the best methods to keep it in good shape, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.