Being a homeowner requires you to be responsible for paying for your home and also keeping its systems and components working properly. When a home system like the the plumbing has problems or fails entirely, you can be left with sewer backups and non-flowing drains. Here are three ways you can keep your home's plumbing working well to avoid repairs and to handle repairs when they do occur.
Complete a Home Inspection Prior to Purchase
One of the first ways you can ensure your home's plumbing is working properly is by completing a home inspection before you even decide to buy the home. You will need to pay for the inspection, which is usually added into your closing costs when signing on the home.
A full home inspection by a professional will look over your home's interior plumbing and exterior faucets to make sure there are no leaks and the system is installed to code. They will also check all the drains, faucets, water heater components, and any existing sump pump in your home. If any problems in your home plumbing are discovered, you can address them to the seller to have them repaired.
Cover Plumbing Repairs with a Home Warranty
Once you decide to buy your home, you can purchase a home warranty as part of the deal and have many systems and components in your new home covered for any problems and potential failures. A home warranty will cover your home plumbing to help you handle the costs of any unexpected repairs that come up.
For example, you move into your new home and have a toilet that continually flows slowly and clogs often. You can call your home warranty company, who will send out a plumber to repair and remedy the problem. You may have to pay a deductible depending on your coverage, but after that is paid your home warranty will cover the additional costs for the repair.
Hire Regular Plumbing Tune-Ups
Preventative maintenance on your home's plumbing system can help you avoid expensive repairs in the future by catching problems early and keeping components cleaned and working well. Hire a plumbing professional to complete an annual tune-up on your home's plumbing system to do just that.
A plumbing tune-up will inspect, clean out, and repair any water lines and plumbing drains, including draining your water heater and cleaning it out of any sediment buildup. A tune-up will also clean your drains so they flow freely and make sure all drain lines and hoses behind your dishwasher, clothes washer, and under sinks contain no leaks. Talk to a plumbing professional about paying for an annual plumbing tune-up or purchasing a contract for regular tune-ups and other maintenance and repairs to help you save on your plumbing maintenance in the long run.