Plumbing and Drainage Checklist for New Home Owners
Moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, so the checklist for new home owners will certainly decrease that somewhat.
Bathroom basics; A fancy new bathroom may give the home a touch of glamour, but that stands for nothing if it has to be ripped out to resolve a multitude of plumbing problems. Similarly, don’t be discouraged by a bathroom that’s not to your taste; it can be surprisingly inexpensive to get the beautiful, functional bathroom that you’ve always dreamed of.
The following is a list of things to consider with reference to the boilers and heating system;
The newer the boiler, the more efficient it is; if you have been told that the boiler is brand new, then ask to see the notification issued by Gas Safe. This is evidence that it has been worked on by a correctly qualified person and that it’s safe for your family to be around.
Have a good look at the boiler itself. If it’s dusty or dirty, rusty or dripping then it may not have been looked at or worked on in a while. In this instance, ask if there’s a regular maintenance and servicing contract. You can also check the date on the servicing sticker – within 12 months is an appropriate time frame.
Knowing what type of boiler is present is good knowledge too; is it a wall hung, back boiler or a combi-boiler.
If there’s a hot water cylinder, you will need to check if it is properly insulated. If it isn’t, it’s effectively wasting energy and therefore wasting you money.
3. The next step is to check that the heating works correctly; Simply ask to turn the heating system on when you begin and the radiators should be getting warm by the time you finish the viewing. The following is a few general radiator checks;
Check that they are warm from top to bottom, if not it could be as simple as ‘bleeding’ them to release any trapped air in the system.
Looking at the radiators, but also any water tanks that there may be; are there any signs of rust, are there damp patches under the valves, radiators or along any pipe work?
It is also key to check whether the radiators have their own individual thermostats. These mean that every room can have a different temperature; saving you energy and money.
4. Signs that there has been a temporary leak or a more serious damp issue would include; patches of damp or mould or new patches of paint, plaster or wall paper – these will need to be explained by the current owner to confirm that the problem has been resolved.
5. In reference to the toilets and drains, smell is important. What does the bathroom smell like? Have strong air fresheners been used to mask a smell? This goes for the outside drains, also. Simply flushing the toilet can reveal problems, so check that the bowl fills and the handle or button is as you would expect.
6. Finally locate and test out the stopcock. Is it easy to get to and in good working order?
These checks are so simple to carry out and could save you a lot of time, stress and money, so don’t forget to bookmark this page in time for your next viewing.
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