When you move into a new home, it can be both exciting and stressful. It can feel like you have a never-ending to-do list, and that’s before you’ve even contemplated starting to unpack the boxes.
Plumbing is the last thing you want to worry about when you’ve picked up the keys to your new property. That’s why we’ve created these quick tips for checking the plumbing in a new home so you can be sure everything is in good working order.
Tips for Checking the Plumbing in a New Home
Check The Boiler Service History
If the previous owner kept good records, you should be able to find out how old the boiler is and when it was last serviced. Boilers should be serviced annually by a qualified heating engineer. If you find that the boiler hasn’t been serviced then contact you local Gas Safe or Oftec registered plumber who will be able to asses the condition of the boiler, and ensure it’s in good health.
Find the Stop Cock
It’s easy to forget about the stop cock when you’re checking the plumbing in a new home. However, in the event of an emergency where you want to turn the water off quickly, it’s best to find it in advance. Stop cocks are often located under kitchen sinks, in the garage, in a utility room or sometimes in the bathroom. If your new home has had the kitchen layout changed at some point, you may find it tucked away inside a cupboard. Once you’ve found it, make sure it works by gently turning it.
Does Your New Home Have Water Meter?
Water meters are similar to the smart meters being rolled out across the UK to monitor electricity and gas usage. If you have a water meter, you will only pay for the water you use rather than a flat rate. They are typically a good way of saving money for households with fewer people. For large families, who have a high water usage you will probably pay less on the water companies flat-rate tariff. If you have a meter, it will normally be found on the front wall of the property or near the stop cock.
Locate and Check the Cold Water Tank
Whether you have a cold water tank will depend on the type of boiler you have installed. If you have a Combination Boiler (Combi-Boiler), which the majority of UK homes now do, then you won’t have a cold water tank. If you have a conventional boiler, then the cold water tank will most likely be located in the loft. Check that it has a lid and if it’s doesn’t get one fitted.
Check Your Water Pressure
Having low water pressure can be extremely annoying. You can quickly check the pressure by running the tap furthest from where water enters your property. Normally, this will be the bathroom or an en suite. If the pressure is low, you’ll find the flow of water is weak. A plumber will be able to advise on how you can increase your water pressure to the property.
Does the Property Have Lead Pipes
This will only affect older properties, built before 1970, and even in these cases, many homes have had the pipes updated. Lead piping was used for many years but is now illegal due to the health risks associated with it. Lead pipes are usually grey in colour and, if scraped with coin or screwdriver, will appear shiny.
Check for Leaks
The final task for checking the plumbing in a new home is to look for leaks. It’s worth checking all your taps, toilets, radiators, baths and showers for any issues. If you have a bath or shower, check that sealant and tile grout is in good order, and there are no holes or gaps. Check your radiators for signs of leaks and have a look under sinks and around toilets for signs of damp, mould or water damage.
If you’ve moved into a new home in or around the Mansfield area and would like an expert to check over your plumbing and heating, then please get in touch with our team. You can complete our contact form by clicking here or call us on 07854 123 999.