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Basic Tips In Inspecting The Plumbing Works Of Your New House

Having to own a new house is one the best achievement a person can have. It pays off the hard work done to make a simple dream become a reality (if not a dream, then a necessary goal would be a decent term to say it). Excitement level is extremely high and sometimes, if not most of the time, impatience comes along with it. This tends us to forget important things to consider. A lot of factors we mostly really don’t mind. Factors that in the long run, would cost us heaps of cash just for repairs.

Plumbing is one and the most taken for granted factor in moving in to a new house. Whether it’s a newly created, renovated, refurbished or refurnished, they usually have nightmares hidden beneath the well finished paint, concrete and wooden walls, tiles and cupboards. Hiding in struggle are those old drain pipes and low-class (off-standard) fittings that is hidden behind the beauty of the whole structure. This may seem to work upon testing but may sadly last for a year, months or even worse, weeks. Shoddy tradesmen’s work is also one of these hidden problems. It may have new pipes and fittings that looks legit but works like a total rubbish.

Here are 4 basic tips that will help you decide in dealing with plumbing works quality in your new house:

  • Know who did all the plumbing jobs of the whole unit. Check for any details of the company who did the job (make sure they are licensed), any problems before and after operation and the completion date.
  • Quality check of the pipes and fittings used. This will help you know if the house was completed in cost-cutting or longevity ways. Check the pipes and fittings if they are of Australian standard. Low-cost parts and materials may work only for a short period of time and gets defective with no replacement parts available in the market.
  • Quality check the overall plumbing work. Even a regular person with no tradesman knowledge can easily spot shoddy type of work. Make sure that it still falls in the five year warranty period and should be up to the Building and/or Plumbing Code of Standard. This will help you bargain for the total price provided with the existing problems that may lead you to spend more in repairs and replacements.
  • Quality check the overall plumbing work. Even a regular person with no tradesman knowledge can easily spot shoddy type of work. Make sure that it still falls in the five year warranty period and should be up to the Building and/or Plumbing Code of Standard. This will help you bargain for the total price provided with the existing problems that may lead you to spend more in repairs and replacements.
  • Check the overall finish. Concrete and paint finishing can cover up many problems like stains, leaks, condition of wooden and/or concrete walls and ceilings. So better ask a simple report and a diagram of the water pipes and drainage. This will help you check the covered areas if there are any leaks or some covered up history of any leaks.

Proper research in buying a new house will help you save a lot and find your money’s worth. Money can be earned if you work hard for it. So don’t waste it through poor judgement, attention to details and research. In the end, everybody loves to feel the comfort of living in your own hard earned so called “Home”.

Top 5 Reasons You Get Blocked Drains

Having blocked drains can be a real hassle. Experiencing this arises to several inconveniences such as sinks and toilets filled with water. Imagine the horror of unpleasant sights and foul odor in places where you should be comfortable and cleaning things. It can even get embarrassing if you have friends coming over and they can’t use the toilet.

There are just a few households that never got to experience any issue with blocked drains. Are you suspecting that you have blocked drains? Here are some of the common causes that you may be overlooking:

Plant Leaves and Tree Roots

The most common factor for blocked drains are tree and plant roots and leaves. Roots can grow for up to three times the height of the tree. They are in constant search of water sources or moisture to look for nourishment. Pipes with loose joints can attract these pipes and possibly crack pipes. Blockage becomes the result of this.

The leaves of plants fall in the autumn and when these accumulate and form a mass that could block drains.

While keeping plants and trees around your property is ideal, keeping an eye on them is necessary to prevent blockage of drains and pipes.

Foreign Objects

Have you ever dropped soap, toys, jewelries and other stuff accidentally in your drain? Although this does not happen all the time, there are times when foreign objects are accidentally dropped in drains. Lodged foreign materials cause blockage which may not be noticed instantly. The best way to provide necessary action in these instances and lessen the problem is by training everyone in the household to be honest about such instances.

Hair

Losing hair is normal that in fact, there is an estimate of 100 hair strands that fall off from your head in a day. When you take a shower however it seems that you lose more hair. You may never really notice it a lot but the hair that goes down the drain can accumulate and cause a mass enough to cover the drain. Hair mass can be difficult to remove but there have been devices that can be added to the drain to keep tiny hair strands from clogging the drains.

Wipes and other toiletries

It is easy to get swayed by “can be flushed” signs in the labels of wipes and other toiletries but many Australian households deal with blocked drains because of these. It is good to practice proper disposal and not simply flushing nappies and wipes down the drain.

Grease or Fat

Greasy and fatty substances that you allow to enter the drain can cause a great deal of trouble in the long run. If you love serving fatty or greasy food these remnants can be washed down the sink. The problem is that grease and fat accumulate and do not exit the pipes and instead stick on the sides of pipes.

Each of these common causes are difficult to avoid but homeowners should try to keep a close watch.

Preventive maintenance with your trusted plumbing professionals will also be a great help.