Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.
If you've recently purchased a pre-existing home, you probably have list of home improvement projects you want to tackle. If your plumbing hasn't made the short list of projects, you should add that now. Even if you didn't identify any problems during the walk-through, there are still some plumbing issues you should watch out for. Here are four plumbing projects you should tackle in your home.
Have Your Pipes Inspected
If you didn't have the pipes inspected as part of the home inspection – or you didn't have an inspection – you should schedule an inspection as soon as possible. One of the problems with underground pipes is that you can't see the hidden dangers until it's too late. Having your pipes inspected will allow you to identify problems such as root intrusion – which can lead to collapse and failure of your drain system. A thorough inspection will also allow you to identify the buildup and accumulation of dirt, grease and other clog-causing gunk. If your plumber identifies any of those problems during the inspection, be sure to have them taken care of immediately.
Install a New Water Heater
If your pre-existing home didn't come with a new water heater, you should have your old one replaced. Not only are outdated water heaters less energy efficient, they can also have hidden problems that could result in a ruptured tank. The last thing you want is a flood in your home when the water heater ruptures. To avoid problems, including increased energy costs to heat your water, have a new water heater installed in your home.
Depending on the age of the home you purchased, the faucets, shower heads and toilets may not be as water-saving as they should be. To save money on your water bill, and to conserve water, have your faucets, shower heads and toilets replaced with low-flow models. Not sure how much water a low-flow shower head or toilet will actually save you? A new low-flow shower head will only use about 2-gallons of water per minute, instead of the usual 3-4 gallons of water that an older model will use. A low-flow toilet will only use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which is considerably less than older toilets that use up to 7-gallons of water per flush.
Put Your Gray Water to Use
If your new home is located in a city that allows gray-water use, you'll want to add a gray water recycling system to your list of plumbing home improvement projects. Gray water recycling systems take water from your sinks and bathtubs, and use them elsewhere throughout your yard. That means your gray water could be used to water your lawn or your flower garden.
Now that you're planning improvements for the pre-existing home you just purchased, make sure that you talk to a plumber about making the changes described above. For more information, talk to a professional like High Speed Plumbing Inc.