When you buy a new house what’s the first thing that you do? Paint maybe? Or start decorating? Not me. When I bought a new house recently the first thing I did was call a plumber and have all the drains cleaned out professionally. Sounds like a weird thing to do as your first task in a new home probably. But think about it – I have no way of knowing how often the old owners had those drains cleaned. I could be walking into a house with drains that are clogged which could cause pipes to burst and leave me with an expensive problem. It’s better not to take chances.
By having the drains professionally cleaned out before I moved in I knew that the plumbing was all in good working order. And since professional plumbers also check the pipes for cracks and clogs as part of the cleaning service I could be sure that the pipes were in good shape. The last thing I wanted was for there to be a hairline crack in a pipe somewhere deep in the wall leaking water into the structure of the house.
Of course I had an inspection done before I bought the house. But that inspection wasn’t looking for things like hairline cracks or clogged drains. And I wanted to be sure that the plumbing was in top notch shape before I moved all my stuff in. So after closing on the house the first thing I did was call a professional plumbing service to come out and clean all the drains in the house and check the pipes. It didn’t cost very much, and I considered it an investment in making sure the house was in top shape before I started living there.
If you are thinking about buying a new house I’d strongly suggest having all the drains cleaned professionally before you move in. No one wants to deal with clogged drains that are clogged with debris from other people. And no one wants to risk having a plumbing emergency right after moving into a new house either. Getting your drains cleaned professionally at least twice a year is a good idea just for basic maintenance, but most homeowners don’t bother. Unless they have a plumbing problem they don’t call a plumber. So who knows how many years of gunk are built up in those drains?
Take my advice and call a plumbing service to clean out those drains before you move in. And if you already have a home – get your drains cleaned regularly. It really can save you from having an expensive emergency later on. And when you sell your home get your drains cleaned before you move out if you want to do something nice for the people that are buying the home. Then you can let them know that the drains were just professionally cleaned and they will be thrilled that you took the time and trouble to get that done before passing the house on to them.
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