Moving into your new home is an exciting day, so you don't want any unexpected issues to ruin it. Unfortunately, plumbing problems may not always be immediately obvious during the purchasing and initial inspection process. Often, issues don't surface until after you are in your new home. The following are a few things you should do soon after moving in so you aren't surprised by any issues.
Blocked main drains
Tree roots are the most common reason to have a slow-moving main drain in your home. Another common cause in older homes is the main drain pipes that are too narrow for the water loads provided by modern appliances.
Unfortunately, you may not be aware of a slow blockage until you try to washes dishes and laundry at the same time. This is because a slow drain does drain, it just may not be able to take the load of multiple water loads simultaneously.
Calling in a plumber for a drain inspection can help you avoid a flood. The plumber can send a camera down the pipe to check for any issues, such as invading tree roots, compressed pipes, or small diameter outlets. Tree root removal and pipe repair are less expensive when it is handled before further damage or full blockage occurs.
Hot water tank issues
Your hot water tank can be a host to many possible issues, and without an inspection, you won't know about them until the day you have no hot water. The most common problem, which is completely avoidable, is mineral build up in the tank.
Over time, calcium and lime from the water distills out of the hot water and coats the inside of the tank. This residue can cover the heating elements, which means the tank won't heat as well.
Another issue is that the buildup can break off the sides and collect in the bottom of the tank. This can lead to blockages, at worse, and a reduced tank capacity at best.
A plumber can inspect the tank for buildup and flush the tank to remove it. At the same time, the plumber will also check the heating elements and the anode rods, which are devices that help prevent further mineral buildup. Both elements and rods can be replaced relatively inexpensively, which will extend both the life and the energy efficiency of your heater.
For more help, contact a plumbing and heating service in your area.