Moving into your new home is differently an exciting time, but before you brought it, did you ask the previous owner about the plumbing system?
We have put together 9 quick steps for checking the plumbing and heating system in your new home, to ensure everything is in working order so that you can start unpacking, relax and settle in.
Check the services history of your boiler
Check how old the boiler is and when the last service it had, this will tell you if the previous owner really cared about the heating system in your new home. If the boiler is older than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a more efficient one. Service history on your boiler is just as important as the service history on your car. If you find out that your boiler hasn’t been serviced in the last few years, we recommend getting it serviced ASAP.
Find out where your main water stop valve is
Knowing where your main water stop valve is will help you when it comes to plumbing in your new washing machine and dishwasher. It’s also a good idea to know where it is in the event of an emergency. Your stop valve also known as stop cock and is usually located under your kitchen sink, downstairs toilet, in the garage or under the stairs. If you still can’t find it, now is the time to introduce yourself to the neighbour by asking them where their stop valve is located.
Also locate your water meter
Most homes will have a water meter, it is usually located near your main water stop valve, if not look outside the front (or rear) of your house. If your home has one, you’ll be charged for the amount of water you use. It’s always good to know where it is.
Does your new home have a cold water tank?
The cold water tank is normally located in your loft, if you have a combi boiler then you might want to think about getting the tank removed. The cold water tank was a good idea in the 1950s but normally not very useful anymore. But if you decide to keep the cold water tank, check to see if it has a lid and is insulated.
Does your new home lead pipes?
Another really good thing to check is, does your new home have lead pipes? Well, probably not it has a combi boiler (if the previous plumber did his job). Check your cold water tank to see if it has lead pipes as well. If you find that your home does have lead pipes then we recommend getting them all replaced with copper pipes. Why? Lead pipes are unsafe for pregnant women and children to drink from. It is illegal to use lead pipes for plumbing.
Water pressure good or bad?
Check the water pressure in your new home, if you have a cold water tank then you might have low water pressure. This can easily be fixed by your local plumber.
Check your radiators
Check your home’s radiators, are they heating up at the bottom as well as the top? Bleed your radiators of air, the trapped air will stop the warm water circulating around your radiator, making them cold. If you find that your radiators seem to have a lot of air in them, and you keep finding yourself bleeding them every month or so, you might have a leak in your heating system, contact your plumber to come and investigate the problem.
Check your toilet
If your toilet or toilets, if you have more than one is running constantly, you might want to get this fixed as soon as you can! The most common cause of a running toilet is a faulty flapper, again if you can’t DIY fix it yourself, contact your local plumber to come and help.
Check for mould and water stains
Also, check your downstairs ceilings as mould or water stains could be a sign of a water leak. I suppose this would have been done when you viewed the house previous to buying it. If you find any leaks, get them fixed as soon as you find them before they start costing you a lot of money.