Moving to a new home in Portland is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh start in an environment suited to your needs and preferences. While you may already know the importance of scheduling a home inspection before closing the deal, you may not realize that most general home inspections take only a cursory look at the quality of the property’s plumbing. Thus, it’s possible for underlying problems with the plumbing system, such as deteriorating pipes, buildup in the water heater, and a cracked or shifting sewer line, to affect your quality of life shortly after moving in. Talking to a professional plumber about the plumbing system in a home you plan to purchase can help you save money and avoid the need to call for emergency plumbing repair shortly after moving into your new Portland home.
The Sewer Line
Home plumbing systems funnel wastewater from every drain, fixture, and appliance into a single sewer line. Thus, problems with the sewer line can cause serious plumbing problems in the home, ranging from backups to an unpleasant smell or standing water that persists in the yard. The best way to ensure your new home’s sewer line is clear and in good repair is to schedule a video camera inspection of the drain. Your Portland plumber can complete this task quickly for a real-time evaluation of issues such as buildup, tree roots, a shifting or broken pipe, and deterioration of the pipe itself. In most cases, your sewer line can be cleaned via hydro jetting or completely relined and reinforced with trenchless technology to avoid or eliminate a major drainage problem.
The Water Heater
You rely on your water heater every day for hot water when bathing or washing dishes. An aging or poorly-installed water heater can cause your monthly utility bill to rise, while also delivering poor-quality water that may be rusty or has a metallic taste. It takes only minutes for your plumber to inspect a home’s water heater to let you know whether it is in good condition or if it could be subject to problems. Newer water heaters can often be flushed and cleaned for improved performance; if the home’s water heater is over ten years old, it may be best to discuss replacement with the sellers so you can rest assured that your new home will come with clean, reliable hot water.
While water pressure can be adjusted, it’s important to consider the intrinsic water pressure in a new home and how it affects the plumbing system. Water pressure that is excessively high can actually cause damage to plumbing over time—you may want to discuss installing a device that lowers incoming water pressure if your plumber finds that the water pressure in your new home is too high. Conversely, low water pressure could be due to leaks or buildup in the plumbing system; your plumber can help you determine whether either of these causes are at fault and make repairs to prevent problems in the future.
Do you need help solving plumbing problems affecting your current home? Our Portland plumbers specialize in leak resolution, drain cleaning, and sewer inspection and repair to restore the health of your home’s plumbing for efficient function and peace of mind. You can find out more about our comprehensive plumbing solutions and 24-hour emergency plumbing services in Portland when you click through our website. We also invite you to read through our blog for more tips on avoiding some of the most common home plumbing problems and emergencies.