As a new home owner, you are responsible for taking care of all aspects of your new home, and that includes the plumbing. In order to take care of your home, you need to understand your plumbing system and know when to seek plumbing assistance.
#1 Get an Inspection
Have a plumbing and heating company come out and inspect the plumbing and heating system for your home. It is helpful to have your home's plumbing inspected so that you can understand the overall condition of your home's plumbing system. An inspection will also let you know what upgrades and improvements you need to make right now and over time. An inspection will allow you to make informed decisions about how to take care of your new home's plumbing over the long-term.
#2 Know Where the Shut-Off Valves Are
Next, you need to know how to act in a plumbing or water emergency. You need to know where the shut-off valve is for each water source in your home. You also need to know where the main water shut-off valve for your home is. If you have water flowing out of a random damaged pipe, you are going to want to be able to quickly turn off the water to your entire home to stop the flooding.
Main water shut-off valves are often located in basements and crawl spaces; make sure you know where your water shut-off valve is located and how to use the valve to stop the flow of water in an emergency.
#3 Stay Away From Chemical Drain Cleaner
Chemical drain cleaners, although they can break up clogs, can also damage your pipes. Instead of using chemical drain cleaners, use natural drain cleaning methods, such as vinegar and baking soda, to keep your pipes clean and break up clogs. If you encounter a clog, use a plumbing snake to break up the clog. Before you turn to a chemical cleaner to break up a clog, use a more natural cleaner or plumbing snake.
#4 Work to Prevent Frozen Pipes
When winter approaches, make sure that you have all garden hoses detached from outside water faucets. Cover up all outside faucets and pipes.
Inside of your home, add insulation to your pipes. Insulation will help keep your pipes from becoming frozen. If possible, keep warm air circulating around your pipes as well.
As a new homeowner, be sure to get your pipes inspected so you know the exact condition of plumbing system. Stay away from chemical drain cleaners, and take steps to keep your pipes warm in the winter.