Moving into a new home is an exciting time, but it is always an adjustment. We have seven quick tips for checking the plumbing in your new home, to ensure everything is in working order so that you can relax and settle in.
1. Where is the stop cock?
The stop cock in your new home is likely to be under the kitchen sink, under the stairs, in the garage, in the utility room, or perhaps in the bathroom. It’s a good idea to locate it and make sure you can turn it on and off easily, so that you’re prepared in the event of an emergency.
2. Does your boiler have a good service history?
How old is the boiler in your new home, and when was it last serviced? You’ll need to know this so that you’re aware of your boiler’s condition and when a new service is due. If the boiler is old and inefficient (around ten years old), consider replacing it.
3. Check your cold water tank
The cold water tank in your loft should have a lid on it to prevent contamination. If it doesn’t have one you’ll need to get one fitted and have the tank cleaned out or replaced. The tank should also be insulated, so check this, too.
4. Check the water pressure
Check the water pressure in your new home by turning on the tap furthest away from the water source. If you have low water pressure, you may be able to fix this with a new showerhead or taps.
5. Do you have a water meter?
In a home with a water meter you’ll be charged for the amount of water you use, so you’ll want to know whether your new house has one. The water meter is likely to be either at the front of your house outside, or inside near the stop cock.
6. Do you have lead pipes?
If your home is an older property, it could have lead pipes, which are unsafe for pregnant women and children to drink from. In fact, it is now illegal to use lead pipes for plumbing, but some homes built before 1970 may still have them. Lead pipes are usually grey and soft, but appear shiny when scraped with a coin. If you have lead pipes, you may want to look into getting them replaced.
7. Perform general checks on your plumbing
When you first move into your home, check your taps, toilets and radiators for leaks and get these patched up before they start costing you a lot of money or turn into a much bigger problem. Water stains and mould on the walls or ceiling could be a sign of a leak
If you need any plumbing help around your new home in or around Northamptonshire, get in touch with M Wilson Plumbing online or call 07983 138153.