Advice BlogCommon Plumbing Problems in New Homes

August 10, 2021by Patrick Schaible0

Buying a new home is exciting. But, before you get settled in, it’s a good idea to have a plumber do a professional inspection of your home plumbing system. That’s because even new homes can have serious plumbing problems!

A small amount of water can do a lot of damage and in a short amount of time. So, watch out for these common plumbing problems in new homes if you have recently moved into a new home or are just about to.

1. Low Water Pressure

There is nothing worse than showering with low water pressure. You can hardly get the soap suds off!

Low water pressure can come on suddenly or gradually, so it may not be apparent when you move in. That’s why it’s essential to have a professional inspection of all the plumbing in your home early on.

This problem can also arise from outside your home. For example, a local water main break in your neighborhood can lead to low water pressure in your home. If you experience low water pressure, ask your neighbors if they have the same problem.

Leaky pipes or the buildup of sediment can also lead to low water pressure. While sediment buildup is a bigger problem in older homes, new homes face construction debris getting into the plumbing. And all homes can have trouble with leaky faucets or pipes, no matter what age!

2. Leaky Faucets and Pipes

The slow dripping of a leaky faucet is more than just an annoying sound. All those drips and drops add up quickly and can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water a year. That’s more than six months’ worth of showers and could raise your water bills by up to 10%!

Usually, leaky faucets and pipes have an improperly installed or defective washer inside of them. Our technicians see leaky faucets in new homes as well as old houses.

The only way to fix leaky faucets and pipes is to take them apart and either fix the broken washer or install a new pipe or faucet. Of course, you could do this yourself, but calling a plumber will save you from the headache, and we’ll get it done a lot faster!

3. Running Toilets

“If your toilet is running, you had better go catch it” (old plumbing joke).

Usually, a defective flapper in the tank allows water to flow when it shouldn’t, resulting in a running toilet. Like a leaky faucet, this seemingly insignificant flow of water can result in considerable increases in your water bill over the long term.

A running toilet can sometimes be hard to diagnose if the flow is too slow or intermittent. Try adding a few drops of non-toxic food coloring to the tank to see if it leaks into the bowl.

In any case, our professional plumbers can make a correct diagnosis and replace the necessary part.

The slow dripping of a leaky faucet is more than just an annoying sound.

4. Blocked Drains

In older homes, drains commonly get blocked by the buildup of debris and sediments, which occur over time.

In newer homes, leftover debris from construction can easily block drains, which get washed into the drain by accident or carelessness.

Blocked drains cause some hazardous problems if left alone for a long time. They could result in water leaching into your foundations and ruining your home. They could also find their way into your clean water supply, contaminating your drinking water.

5. Malfunctioning Water Heater

Unless you love cold showers, you probably want a working water heater.

Water heaters are complex machines and sometimes get installed incorrectly. For example, a faulty internal thermostat thinks the water is either hotter or colder than it is. Other times a leaky pipe nearby results in insufficient water flow.

In the worst-case scenario, an overworked water heater will increase your energy bill and could even start a fire.

In any case, you can trust a Schaible’s professional to take a look at your malfunctioning water heater and figure out why your showers are so cold.

6. Clogged Pipes

Like drains, pipes suffer from misplaced construction debris. They can also suffer from local plants and animals, such as tree roots growing into the pipe. And your kids have never flushed a toy down your toilet, have they?

Clogged pipes are less likely in new homes than in old houses, but they are still possible. If water is backing up into your sink, toilet, or bathtub, then you should probably have that checked out by a professional.

Get Your Home Inspected for Common Plumbing Problems in New Homes

And do it fast, before a disaster happens!

Schaible’s offers specialty ComfortPlans, geared towards annual checkups and maintenance rather than catastrophic failures and large bills. We will come to your new home and inspect every pipe and faucet for signs of damage or malfunctioning. Then, you will be the first in line to get your problem fixed in case of a crisis.

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Our service plans offer you the peace of mind that if anything goes wrong with your homes plumbing, hyrdonic, boiler, or air conditioning systems your Comfort Plan will push you to the front of the line.

Without a Comfort Plan from Schaible’s, you could spend hundreds or thousands of dollars repairing or replacing major systems. If you don’t have money set aside for these expenses, a Comfort Plan can more than pay for itself.

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