Plumbing 101: Tips for New Homeowners

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Congrats! You’ve purchased your first home. Now that you’re a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining the various systems throughout your house. The plumbing system is a big one, as plumbing problems often bring water damage and costly repairs. Here are ten tips for new homeowners to help you avoid common plumbing issues and mistakes.

Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

The following advice is geared toward first-time homebuyers in the St. Louis area, but other homeowners may find it useful, too.

  1. Know how to locate your home’s main water shut off—and how to turn it off in case of a plumbing emergency.
  2. Locate all of your home’s water shut off valves and make sure they are in good working order.
  3. Periodically check for leaks around the house. Keep an eye out for leaky toilets, faucets, showerheads, and hose bibs. Look under sinks, behind your washing machine, and anywhere you have visible plumbing pipes (e.g., the basement). You can save money by learning how to fix common household leaks yourself.
  4. Prevent toilet issues by following our 5 Simple Toilet Maintenance Tips.
  5. Prevent kitchen sink clogs and unpleasant odors by using your garbage disposal correctly.
  6. Take steps to prevent basement flooding. For example, it may be a good idea to install a sump pump.
  7. For ultimate water damage prevention, consider installing a Water Security System, a.k.a. whole-home leak detection system.
  8. Before you go on vacation, take steps to prevent plumbing emergencies from happening while you’re away. Follow this handy plumbing checklist.
  9. Any time you tackle a home plumbing project yourself, be sure to take the proper safety precautions.
  10. There’s no shame in asking for help! If you have a plumbing problem you can’t solve yourself—or if you simply want a second opinion—contact us for a free plumbing estimate.

Also, check out the following resources for important seasonal plumbing tips, such as how to prepare your home for heavy rains in the spring, and how to prevent frozen pipes in the winter:

Before You Buy Your New House…

Be sure to get a sewer inspection and a whole-home plumbing inspection from a licensed plumber before closing! Check out our previous posts for more info:

We want to be your family plumber! Have questions about our plumbing tips for new homeowners? Need help with plumbing inspections or any type of home plumbing project? Contact St. Louis plumber, Tony LaMartina. Call (314) 501-9950 or email