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Four Red Flags for Plumbing Problems When Buying a Home

Prospective home buyers have a lot of factors to consider before making the final decision to purchase a house. Ideally, the building offers move-in condition, allowing the new owner to take up residence a soon as possible. One important step to take before purchasing a home is to check the plumbing system to make sure that everything is in order. Four situations provide red flags that something is amiss and a professional inspection is needed.

Faulty Water Flow
If you turn on one of the faucets and the water flow is minimal, it is an indication that the plumbing system needs maintenance or repair. If the problem exists in more than one area of the home, it might be a serious issue that you should avoid by looking at different properties and giving up on the one that you are looking at currently.

Faulty Black Water Lines
One of the best ways to evaluate the plumbing system’s ability to remove black/grey water is to flush the toilet. Observe how easily the water goes down and take note of any seepage around the base of the toilet. You should also fill up one of the sinks and watch it drain. Be sure to walk around the perimeter of the basement as well as the outside of the home in search of wet spots.

No Hot Water
If you turn on the faucet that is supposed to deliver hot water and you don’t get any, it’s time to check all of the sinks, showers, and bathtubs in the house. If you can’t get any hot water at any of these locations, it is possible that the hot water heater is broken. You should request that repairs or replacement be handled and are made a contingency of any offer that you provide.

Leaks
Minor leaks can usually be repaired with the simple replacement of a washer. However, multiple leaks are indicative of a more serious issue, particularly if they create puddles or wet spots on the walls, floors, or ceilings.

If you are buying a home, it is important to check out the plumbing system to see if it is in good working order. Whether you try out the faucets and flush the toilet on your own or you bring in a professional plumber for a thorough inspection, an evaluation of the plumbing equipment should be a part of your decision-making process. If you aren’t in love with the property, continuing your search might be the wiser choice to make.

 

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Common Winter Plumbing Problems to Look For

When temperatures begin to dip below freezing, your home’s plumbing is susceptible to a variety of common problems brought on by winter weather. Awareness of these potential issues can help prevent potentially serious home damage.

Failing hot water systems are a common problem in the winter due to pervasive cold weather, and water heating issues, in general, are one of the most common reasons plumbers are called into action at any point of the year. You’ll want to ensure the temperature setting on your water heater is set high enough. Additionally, if you possess a gas water heater with a pilot light, this light needs to be lit. If adequate hot water is still not attainable, you’ll want to contact your plumber, although it is always best to have your water heater serviced ahead of the winter season when it is not being pushed to its limit.

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Frozen pipes are a common household occurrence during cold weather months and are caused by high water pressure from the main combined with below freezing temperatures. The most obvious giveaway of a frozen pipe is restricted water flow, so keep an eye out for changes in flow during the winter months. If you suspect a pipe is frozen, consider leaving your tap open slightly in order to allow water to flow. This water movement can prevent freezing, although it will affect your water bill over extended periods of time. If leaving the tap open isn’t an option or freezing persists, you’ll want to cut the water main switch and contact professional assistance as soon as possible.

A water line leak or break will cause severe damage to your home. Perhaps surprisingly, frozen garden hoses can lead to this damaging occurrence. When a garden house is left connected following a freeze, the ice within the hose will gradually build up pressure in your home’s water lines, eventually leading to a leak or break if it is not attended to. Ensure that your garden hoses are drained and disconnected prior to a cold snap, and drain all outdoor pipes during this maintenance. Also, the installation of insulated faucet jackets on your outdoor faucets is recommended to shield against freezing winter temperatures. Finally, use shut-off valves within your home, if available, to drain water from your pipes. These valves are often located under sinks and alongside water heaters.

Restricted water drainage can be caused by snow on the ground in the area surrounding your sump pump discharge line. Snow blocking this drainage area can cause water back-up and freezing.

Any or all of these common winter plumbing problems can prove to be very pricey and eventual have disastrous results if not monitored and taken care of. If you do notice any of these starting to become a problem, don’t hesitate, call the Raleigh Plumbing professionals at Poole’s Plumbing to put the “freeze” on your problems.

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Keeping Your Drains Clean with At-Home Remedies

Keeping the drain in your sink or bathtub  is important for many reasons and can be done with very little effort to help avoid running into costly and possibly dangerous plumbing issues. The problems that could arise from a clogged drain range in severity from wanting avoid those pungent and unpleasant odors to the touch more serious issue of getting pesky drain gnats. Also, failing to keep your drains clean will lead to buildup that can cause water in your sink or tub to empty at a much slower rate.

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Contrary to popular belief, keeping your drains clean and clear is really a simple process that can be done at home as long as you are willing to take a few minutes every few days to do so. The easiest method of avoiding buildup is to run scalding hot water through all drains in your home every couple days to make sure that there is no clogging. There are also many available products you can uy relatively cheap that can keep your drains smelling clean and fresh. If you do notice buildup starting or that your drain is becoming clogged you should always address the issue as early as possible, as not doing so could prove an expensive and messy mistake.

A clogged drain is not necessarily an immediate reason to panic as there are many simple remedies that can  clear them, right in your home. Most of these solutions are made from items that you can find in most households. One such method is to pour a tablespoon of baking soda into the drain and immediately follow that with a ¼ cup of either lemon juice or vinegar before leaving it to sit for 30 minutes. Finally, run hot water through the drain and repeat this weekly to stay clear of buildup and to prevent future clogs. Another easy at home method is to pour a strong salt water mixture through your drains to keep grease from building up and to reduce bad odors.

If you have tried these remedies and found they did not work, there are many popular and potent chemical solutions that can be purchased at nearly any store or supermarket that could do the trick.  If these chemicals do not work, it is best to call a your friends and the most trusted of all Raleigh professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, who will be able to remove any blockage and have your drains flowing freely in short order.