Plumbing Tips for Home Owners

plumbing tips for home owners - by barrie home inspectionsPlumbing Tips for Home Owners.  Many homeowners experience plumbing problems at one time or another. These plumbing problems are usually found in kitchens or bathrooms, as this is the most used area of the house. Every home owner will have a plumbing problem of some nature during their occupancy of their home.  This article is aimed at helping you overcome your problem with the least possible anxiety.

Most home owners are un-aware that simply installing low flow shower heads in your bathrooms, you can save you money on your monthly water bill. Most of our hot water is used in the shower. By installing low flow shower heads for a few extra dollars, you can save up to $100 or more a year for every low flow shower head you install in your home.

If your house uses well water and there are rust  stains in tubs or sinks, it’s because of the high iron level in the water. You can combat this by using a water softener and a special filter specifically designed to remove iron. You can either purchase it at any local building supply store or even just lease one, making a small monthly payment.

If you have an older home and you have trees in your front yard, chances are you will someday have a problem with tree roots entering and plugging your sanitary lines.  Having a plumber with a rotor rooter can fix this problem temporarily but the tree will continue to grow and so will you plumbing problems.  Upgrading your line to newer PVC sanitary line is only lasting solution.

When hiring a plumber you should get a written estimate prior to signing any work order or allowing work to commence.  Never pay for work prior to completion.  Ensure everything in your written estimate was done in a professional manner and ask to see receipts of materials you were billed for.

Cleaning your garbage disposal regularly will prolong the life of your unit.  Some people recommend using lemon rinds and cherry pits mixed with dish soap to help keep your garbage disposal operating efficiently and smelling fresh.

When you purchase your home ensure your home inspector notes the type of plumbing in your home.  When buying older homes you have to beware of older galvanized pipes which may be beyond their life expectancy.  Many insurance companies will not insure a home with galvanized plumbing.  Some people will remove all accessible galvanized piping but leave in the sections which are hard to access.

When in doubt about the condition of your new home call the Barrie Home Inspection Company to obtain the best professional services available.