5 Ways To Test The Plumbing In Your New Home


When you obtain a new home, it is best to do a basic walkthrough to determine if there are plumbing issues that need professional attention. Here are a few things to do to test the plumbing system in your new home for functionality. 

1. Run hot water for a few minutes to see what happens. 

Test out the hot water heater in the house by allowing hot water only to run for a few minutes. Of course, there can be variances in the temperature of the hot water, but if the unit is working properly, you should have hot water far longer than just a few minutes. 

2. Fill up a sink and then allow it to drain.

Take your pick of one of the sinks in the house, whether it is the one in the kitchen or one in a bathroom. Close the drain, fill the sink with water, and then release the drain plug and watch the water drain. You should have a good and quick water outlet action with a nice swirl. Gurgling, slow draining, or no drainage at all are all signs that something is up — either with the drainage lines and how they are set up or with how clean they are. 

3. Flush the toilets a few times. 

Walk through the house and test every toilet. Give each one a flush, allow it to fill, and then flush it again. Watch for signs that the sewer system is overloaded, such as slow or inadequate flushing or the toilet trying to run over when it refills because not all the water drained out. 

4. Walk around outside and look in the crawlspace. 

Take a walk around outside the home. Look for areas of standing water, spots where the grass is greener than the rest, and odd smells related to sewage. Grab a flashlight, look inside the crawlspace, and do the same things. Are there puddles under the house? Does it have a bad odor or smell like sewage? Any of these could mean there are major drainage problems.

5. Turn on the shower to check the water pressure. 

Sometimes it is hard to gauge how much water pressure you have until you step into the shower and turn on the tap. If it seems the water pressure is too low for you to get a good washdown with the water, it could be a sign that there are issues with water delivery lines. Some homes have water lines that are too small for the demand, and sometimes, water delivery lines can have leaks.

To learn more, contact a company that offers plumbing services.


30 April 2020

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