As exciting as it is to move into your new home, there are a few practical things like checking your plumbing that should be carried out before your big move. Checking for any leaks, drips and draining issues means you’ve got it all sorted prior to moving. Here are our top tips on how to check the plumbing before you move in…
1. Spot A Leak Or A Drip
First up, we highly recommend you go around and check for any leaks or drips. Go from the kitchen, to the laundry and your bathroom/s and check the fittings. It’s not always easy to spot a leak so get up close and personal to see if you can spot any water escaping around seals, fittings etc.
Next, run the taps to see if any drips are occurring so you spot a potential issue. Leaking taps may indicate there is an issue with the main water valve so it always pays to do this very important check.
2. Water Stains
Unlike leaks and drips, water stains are easier to spot and they’re signs that will tell you if
there are issues with any internal pipes, drainage issues or roof leaks that need fixing. Any sign of mould or damp on the walls? These are a health hazard and need rectifying as soon as possible.
3. Check The Loos
It’s always a good idea to check your toilets to make sure they’re flushing well, the tanks are
filling up as they should and there’s no leaking around the base of the toilet. You want your toilet not only functioning properly but that there’s appropriate fittings from the plumbing
into the wastewater system right through to the base being sealed and fit correctly.
4. Taste The Water
Pour yourself a cup of water and take a taste. Does it taste right? If your water is not running clear or it tastes a bit off there could be problems with your plumbing that will need to be fixed before you and the family can move in.
5. Drain Away
Have a look outside in your drains and make sure there are no signs of any drainage issues. A good rule of thumb is to not just look at your drains to spot any plumbing issues, but use your sense of smell too. That will give you an indication of any build up that may have occurred. Run the water and check outside to see if you can spot any drainage blockages.
6. Hot Water Cylinders & Systems
When you’re checking your taps for any drips or leakages, make sure you run the hot water to make sure the water is running clear and you don’t hear any suspicious noises coming
from your water heating system. This is what you need to do to make sure your water heaters are running properly and don’t need replacing.
7. Call In The Experts
Hire a qualified Master Plumber to do a full plumbing inspection for you to save you a lot of time and stress. Just like you’d hire a professional moving company through Wise Move to get the right moving company to suit your needs in one quick step; a professional plumber is qualified and gives you peace of mind that your plumbing is in tip top running shape for when you and the family move in.