If you buy a newly constructed home you don’t expect to have many issues with it, and those that are should be covered by the warranty. However, even a new home can have its faults and plumbing issues are not only the most common; they are also potentially the most devastating.
That’s why you need to have the number of your local plumbing Sydney to hand; just in case you need a little help with an issue in a hurry.
Of course, it is helpful to be aware of the 5 most common issues:
Low Water Pressure
The water pressure in your new home should be good. However, there can sometimes be issues with the pressure due to a valve being fitted backward or even the pressure regulator being turned right down.
The regulator is the easiest thing to check and adjust. If this isn’t the issue you’ll need to check the pressure at all your faucets, if it’s the same at each it’s an exterior issue; which could be caused by ongoing building works nearby, or a leak in your supply pipe.
Toilets Constantly Running
Toilets that run constantly are annoying and costly. A steady drip can cost you 24,000 liters of water a year, that’s a lot of money for nothing. Fortunately, a leaking toilet is usually a result of an incorrectly adjusted float or a bad flapper valve.
It’s a quick job to replace these and can be done by yourself or by the plumber.
A new house shouldn’t suffer from a buildup of hair and other debris. However, clogged debris is a common issue because so much building material and dust ends up in the waste pipes.
You’ll need to have a drain auger, which winds its way through the drains and removes blockages. If this doesn’t remove the obstruction your building or plumber may need to disconnect pipework to find and clear the issue.
Drips can be as annoying as a constantly running toilet and cost you as much money. They are usually a result of a worn-out washer, which is thanks to over heavy-handed use by the workmen. Shutting off the water and replacing the washer will quickly fix the issue.
However, you may also find that the plumbing is not as good as it should be and the drip is due to a bad connection. As drips can lead to water damage and even wet rot; it’s a good idea to get it sorted sooner, rather than later.
Sump Pump Failure
You may be surprised by how many new homes have sump pumps fitted in them. The idea is to remove excess water before it damages anything in your home; the pump is usually fitted below your basement level.
However, blockages in the exit pipes, again caused by building debris, can prevent the pump from working properly. If it overheats it will break; leaving you with the cost of a new pump.
It’s important to inspect it regularly to ensure this is not an issue.