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January 22,2022

Plumbing Tips for The First Time Home Buyers in 2022

If you are among the many first-time homebuyers, we want to first congratulate you on your huge milestone. A home purchase is might be the single-largest investment you make in your lifetime. If you want to maintain or even improve the value of your investment, then do not forget about your propertys plumbing system. In this short article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we will share some plumbing tips for first-time homebuyers. Feel free to call us if you are looking for plumbing repair services. Our competent plumbers are ready when you are.

Understand Your Homes Plumbing History

Many homebuyers appreciate the antiquity of an old home. This sort of purchase often comes with a story and sometimes a price discount. If you are not careful, it might come with some unpleasant surprises. Make sure to understand the propertys plumbing history. This includes the age of the plumbing system, the types of metals used, and the history of repairs and replacements. If you have not finalized your purchase yet, then make sure to have the plumbing system inspected by a certified third-party plumber. In fact, do this either way, and ask the former occupants and owners about it if you can.

Look for Warning Signs

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a new home and become deaf or blind to obvious signs of trouble. Keep your eyes, nose, and ears peeled for these common tell-tale signs of plumbing trouble:

  • Low water pressure can indicate leaks or clogs in the water supply. If the water pressure varies depending on the temperature settings (i.e. hot water is low pressure but cold water is fine), then there might be an issue with the water heater.
  • Slow drainage is a strong indication of a clogged drain. Other signs of a blockage include foul odors as well as water and sewage backups from the drains.
  • Unusually-high water usage and water bills are signs of water leaks. Look out for water stains on walls, ceilings, and floorboards. Also watch out for mold and mildew growth.
  • Discolored water and chalky buildup on silverware and glassware can be a sign of excess water hardness and contamination. A water filtration system or water softener can help.
  • Discolored water can also be caused by mineral buildup in your water heater tank.

Though you can check for these signs yourself, we recommend homeowners invest in an annual plumbing inspection by a qualified plumber for a true peace of mind.

Handle Repairs with Urgency

They say time heals all, but this could not be further from the truth when it comes to the plumbing system. Delaying plumbing repairs will allow the issue to spiral into a big problem. Why wait for a leak to turn into a burst pipe? Save yourself time, money, and the headache by calling for a plumber as soon as you notice signs of trouble. Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh is happy to offer emergency plumbing repair services.

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