Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Buying a new construction home can be a liberating experience. Not only will you be the first occupants in your new house, but you should also be free of maintenance issues for years to come. At least, that's the theory. In practice, many new homes suffer from just as many maintenance issues as their more worn-in counterparts.
Although you shouldn't face many failures that only come with heavy use and age, there are still various plumbing issues that can pop up in new construction. Even if your home is shining from its fresh coat of paint, you'll still want to have a plumber's number ready to address these four potential plumbing pitfalls.
1. Leaky Appliances or Fixtures
Unfortunately, damaging leaks can occur even in brand new homes. While everyone wants to believe that their contractor spares no expense, the reality is that it's easy for even experienced professionals to miss small issues. Leaks near toilets, shower pans, or below sinks can all show up due to installation mistakes.
Although your new home warranty should cover most of these problems, it's still essential to remain vigilant. Failing to notice a leak once it starts can lead to costly water damage and even future mold growth.
2. Toilet Problems
Leaks aren't the only problems that you might face. If one or more toilets run continuously, then your plumber may have incorrectly set the float level in the tank. Double-check the float to determine if this is the problem. Another potential issue that can show up in homes that use well water is sediment. Newly drilled wells can produce some sediment, and deposits in the tank may cause the float to stick.
3. Sewer Clogs
Your plumbing contractor will test your new sewer lateral before turning the house over to you, but tests can only go so far. Sewer issues may also have nothing to do with your property or lateral. Instead, the addition of a new home may be overloading the municipal sewer main. Whatever the case, diagnosing sewer back-ups as early as possible is essential to avoid severe damage to your new home.
4. Noise, Clogs, and Other Design Issues
Unfortunately, some problems may trace back to poor planning and plumbing design. Water hammers, frequent clogs, or lukewarm water at distant taps may all indicate underlying design issues. You should always contact your builder first when you experience these problems in a new home. If you cannot arrive at a solution, then you may need to hire your own plumber to fix the problem.
The first few years of ownership are critical for any new home. Dealing with plumbing problems during this phase is often less costly and protects your home against long-term maintenance issues. Although it can be painful to spend money on repairs for a brand new house, these small investments will help you to enjoy your home for decades into the future.
If you notice any of these issues in your home, call a plumber for help.