3 Plumbing Issues You Might Experience as a New Homeowner

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When you purchase a previously owned home, you are inheriting all of the plumbing problems that the previous owners had. They may not have been careful about what they flushed down the drains, or they may have had problems that have now reached their peak after years of neglect. Here are 3 problems you may have to deal with shortly after moving into your home.

Slow-Draining Sinks

All sinks eventually clog. In the bathroom, skin cells and hair will get past most strainers. In the kitchen, food particles and grease are your biggest culprits for clogs. The truth is that you don't know what is down there, and since you just moved in, you should give your drains a fresh start by making them clog free.

For these types of clogs, you can use a hand crank powered sewer snake from your local home improvement store. They will help get rid of all the clogs that are near the drain opening that could be causing the drain to plug up.

Low Water Pressure

Is the water running slowly from both the hot and cold water lines? The problem is likely the aerator. This device screws onto the faucet to limit the flow of water so that you are not wasteful. Unfortunately, an old aerator can become clogged with minerals from the water and unintentionally limit the flow of water even more.

Aerators are relatively cheap, so you can buy a new one or try cleaning the old one by soaking it in vinegar.

Stuck Garbage Disposal

The previous homeowner may not have been aware of proper garbage disposal maintenance and may have been using it to dispose of grease, oil, or fibrous foods. These can cause a garbage disposal to stop spinning after years of neglect.

You don't need to get a brand new garbage disposal since you can clear out the unit on your own. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for removing the unit and give the inside a good scrubbing with baking soda. Not only will it remove the smell, but it will get rid of the gunk around the blade that is preventing it from spinning.

These are just a few plumbing problems you may experience as a new homeowner. Running into a bigger issue, such as a leaking faucet or a frozen water pipe? Contact a local plumber like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service to schedule a service call. They can even give your home an inspection to make you aware of other potential problems.


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