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Homebuyer's Plumbing Guide

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Finding the perfect Colorado home for your family can be stressful and complicated. You’ve considered the location, the number of rooms, the fixtures, and other aspects of potential Colorado homes. Have you considered the efficiency of the plumbing setup in any of them?


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Plumbing Facts

The average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. If you are thinking that there is no way your family is actively using that much water, you would be right! In fact, 14% of household water use comes from leaks. If that is shocking to you, you would also be surprised to learn that over 25% of household water use can come from flushing the toilet. That’s right, one-quarter of your water supply is literally being flushed down the drain.

Of course, every house was designed differently, and every house will have a different maintenance record. That is why it is extremely important that you investigate a prospective house’s plumbing operations before you sign anything. For a comprehensive list of Colorado Springs plumbing suggestions, continue reading below.

Colorado Springs Plumbing Checklist

Check for Clogging

Why it’s important: A toilet clog is generally an easy fix. However, if any other plumbing fixtures in the house have also gone awry, then you could be dealing with a clog in the main sewer line. A professional Colorado Springs plumber is required to address any issues with a clogged sewer drain.

What you can do: You can check for clogs by flushing all toilets, running all sinks, running a washing machine or dishwasher, and paying attention to the effects of each of these tests.

Check Pipe Sizing

Why it’s important: The size, or diameter, of your pipes affects the quality and reliability of your water pressure. Pipes that are improperly fitted will not produce sufficient water pressure.

What you can do: Verify that all pipes that run from the water source to your home are at least 3/4 inch pipes. Additionally, verify that all pipes leading to faucets are at least 1/2 inch pipes.

Check Water Heater

Why it’s important: Rust and corrosion are the result of exposure to moisture over an extended period of time. If either of these is present on or near the water heater, consult a professional Colorado Springs plumber before moving forward.

What you can do: Inspect the water heater and all pipes connected to it. Ask when the water heater was last serviced. If you suspect the water heater is too old, ask to have the water heater replaced.

Avoid Lead Piping

Why it’s important: Lead is a highly poisonous and dangerously toxic chemical. You can generally expect newer homes to be free of lead. However, there is a risk of lead being present in older homes. Increased exposure to lead results in damaging effects to the brain and body.

What you can do: There are some tests that you can conduct to determine if your water is being tainted by lead piping. For your safety and peace of mind, consult an experienced plumber near you if you suspect or encounter any lead piping.

Check Garbage Disposal

Why it’s important: A garbage disposal that is not functioning properly can be a serious health and safety hazard. Moreover, if you notice unpleasant smells coming from the drain, your garbage disposal might be releasing sewer gases due to a clog. Not only are these smells repulsive, but also dangerous for your family’s health. It might be time to replace your garbage disposal.

What you can do: Run the garbage disposal. Carefully check the temperature of the garbage disposal unit under the sink to ensure that it is not overheating. Investigate the source of any foreign smells after safely disconnecting the garbage disposal from its power source. If you are unable to locate the source of an unpleasant smell, consult a professional plumber before moving forward in your home selection process.

Check Basement or Crawl Space

Why it’s important: The basement or crawl space in a house may be out of sight, but it should never be out of mind. Over time, these spaces are exposed to temperature fluctuations and other factors that contribute to leaky pipes and water damage.

What you can do: If there is any evidence of water damage, or if you have reason to believe that any of these issues have occurred in the history of the home, verify that all repairs were executed properly. Inspect all areas of the basement or crawl space for moisture and secure all pipe connections.

Contact an Experienced Colorado Springs Plumbing Company Near You

The steps above are simply some things you can do as the homeowner to make sure your plumbing is running smoothly, but if you are uncomfortable doing anything listed above, our team of highly qualified Colorado Springs plumbers is ready to jump in and take care of any needs you may have. Give us a call today!

Jolly Plumbing is your local plumbing and heating company. We promise to offer you upstanding customer service, experienced workers, and a job done right the first time. If you have questions about your water heater, have a leak, or need a replacement, we are here to help. Call Jolly Plumbing today for any Colorado Springs plumbing issues.


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