So you’ve just bought your first house & are looking forward to moving in and turning it into a real home. Even through the excitement, it’s going to be a learning experience with potential mishaps along the way. However, if you take the time to recognize some common plumbing issues and learn the basics to remedy them, you can avoid more serious, and costly, situations.


  • Get a plumbing inspection. It’s a good idea to hire a professional plumbing service to perform a complete inspection—using expertise & special equipment to find potential problems with your system before they worsen and cause serious damage requiring expensive repairs.
  • Learn to spot leaks. Some water leaks are obvious and make themselves known through spraying or standing water, but many leaks are slow and subtle, causing damage that you don’t notice until it’s extensive. Keep an eye out for stains on the ceilings and soft spots on the walls, dripping noises, moldy smells, and increased water bills. Inspect cabinets and around fixtures regularly.
  • Keep a plumbing emergency kit handy. Make sure you have some basic tools and materials collected in an easy-to-reach location, including a plunger, bucket, drain snake, paper towels, sponges, pliers, hammer, and a screwdriver.
  • Know where your main shut off valve is. Every home has a main water shutoff valve to turn off the water flow to the entire house, but they’re not always located in the same places. Know where it is in case you experience a major water leak.

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