Moving into a new house is an exciting venture, but often new homeowners become too caught up in buying paint samples and soft furnishings to remember to check for any hidden faults. To make sure you don’t miss any gas or plumbing issues in your new home, take a look at the following reasons why you should call a plumber when you move in.
If there are any issues with your boiler, this could put you and your family at risk. Hiring a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your boiler will ensure that the boiler is safe to have in your home, or they will be able to identify any issues so that the necessary repairs can be carried out before they cause any serious problems.
If your boiler doesn’t need replacing, the service will also cover cleaning and other maintenance so you can keep your boiler at its most efficient.
Your plumber will also be able to help you determine if you have the right size boiler to suit your needs. The size of the boiler is often overlooked by new homeowners, but making sure you do have the right size boiler installed will save you money on your bills over time.
As with your boiler, faulty gas appliances are dangerous as they could cause a carbon monoxide leak.
If you have any gas appliances in your home, such as gas ovens, hobs, or radiators, it’s vital that you have a Gas Safe engineer visit your home and check that they are all safe - and if they’re not, carry out repairs or replacements as quickly as possible.
If you feel that your home is cooler in some rooms than others, or you feel like the house as a whole could be a little warmer, there might be a fault with your central heating system.
Hiring a plumber to test your central heating and check that everything is in good working order will mean that your home will be comfortable and that you won’t have to battle the cold if the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worst.
If there are any issues with your radiators or the system as a whole, your plumber will be able to detect these before they cause you any trouble and carry out the necessary steps to solve the problem - from minor repairs, to powerflushing your system, or replacing old radiators with newer models.
Water pipe leaks often go undetected until they start to cause damage, so asking your plumber to check for any common leaks ahead of time can prevent a lot of serious problems down the line.
If your toilet makes a humming noise, or continues to run after you’ve flushed it, these are often tell-tale signs of a leak, so it’s important that your plumber checks for any problems before any real damage is done - and before it causes your water bill to spike.
If you have a dripping tap in your bathroom, not only is this a nightmare when you’re trying to concentrate on reading your book or getting a good night’s sleep, it can really add up and increase your water bills.
Fixing a dripping tap is usually quite a quick and straightforward task for your plumber, so it’s always worth solving the problem ahead of time instead of waiting for your bills to creep higher - and this can be the perfect opportunity to replace any taps that might not match your new colour schemes!
If you’ve been in your new home for a couple of weeks and you start to notice that some sinks or your shower tray are taking a while to empty after you’ve used them, there might be something blocking your drains.
Whilst you will want to hire a plumber to deal with any major issues, a simple unblocking of your shower drains might be all that you need to do.
Calling your plumber to fix any problems with your drainage, and clear out any debris that’s causing blockages, will prevent the problem from getting any worse as this can cause unpleasant conditions (and more specifically, smells!), or in the worst case scenario, result in flooding your home - so if in doubt, we strongly suggest you hire a professional!
Whether you moved into your home six months ago, or you’re preparing for a move in the coming weeks, anyone can benefit from a precautionary call to their plumber. If you’d like to learn more about the steps we take to ensure your home is safe and everything is running smoothly, take a look at our heating and plumbing services.
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