What First-time Home Buyers Should Consider May 15th 2017
In today’s hot real estate market, the desperation to become a homeowner can cast things that are important to consider to the wayside.
But it’s important that first-time buyers, or any buyers, consider the importance of ensuring your money is still well spent, despite soaring house prices and simply wanting to get in, particularly when it comes to issues that can cost you a pretty penny later on down the road.
If a prospective home has a leaky basement, water damage or plumbing problems, don’t just dive in thinking these are simple fixes. In many cases, these are indicators of a larger issue or a poor foundation that could cost big bucks to fix.
A Globe and Mail article recently profiled a couple who bought a home and were so overcome with the costs of fixing their plumbing issues and sinks that were constantly clogged that they were forced to sell and rent just to catch up.
Now, they face the difficulty of not being able to re-enter into the market.
In this case, it’s best to do it right the first time. You can do this by ensuring you seek out the right help and an expert opinion. Rather than just hiring a home inspector, bring a plumber along to assess the damage and give you a quote on what it would cost to fix. A plumber can also let you know whether the issue is likely to persist.
If a deal sounds too good to be true, chances are it is, especially in today’s market. Be smart with your money. If it means holding out for a longer period of time that guarantees you a home with less (or no) leaky basement, water damage or plumbing problems, you’ll be glad you waited.
Sump Pumps- What You Need to Know June 15th 2017
The devastating floods that hit Quebec in May were a cold, rude awakening to homeowners about the importance of proper plumbing in the home.
It also brought one of the most crucial plumbing tools into the spotlight—the sump pump.
While some homeowners might be somewhat associated with the function of the sump pump, a lot of people—homeowners or not, are still in the dark about just how crucial the sump pump is, and more importantly, what it does.
What is a sump pump?
It’s a pump used to remove excess water that’s been gathering in a basin. Typically, it’s in the basement of homes in specially-constructed sump pits, also placed where flooding is mostly likely to occur. It works to solve the issue of dampness.
The main job of the sump pump works to pump water out of the pit and keep it away from the building to ensure dryness in the basement/crawlspace.
How do they turn on?
Sump pumps are mostly turned on automatically through the use of a float activator or pressure sensor. The float activator operates similarly to the float activator that works in a toilet, and the pressure sensor goes into action when water provides more pressure than air, forcing the pump to engage.
Sump pumps play a crucial role in keeping our homes dry, which is why they’re so important to check up on and maintain—you never know when a flood can occur.
Summer Maintenance Tips For Your Home’s Plumbing July 15th 2017
Summer can be a tricky time for plumbing. With the increase in water use and consumption, it’s important to keep safety in mind while using water in your home. Here are some things to look out for this summer in your home.
Keep an eye on your faucets
If you notice excess leakage in your taps and faucets, it’s important to get them fixed as soon as possible—for financial reasons and safety. Most leaks start from worn or damaged washers, but the issue can be a lot more complex, so it’s important to get it checked out by an expert.
Plumbing odor is no joke. Not only is it a nuisance, but it can be a sign of a much larger problem. Hire some experts to come in and investigate the odor rather than trying to cover it up or assuming it’s normal. Pouring the occasional cup of water down the drain can also assist in keeping the trap full.
Backflow is crucial as it can contaminate drinking water. It’s important to have a backflow system in your home, installed properly and examined on an annual basis.
Maintaining plumbing in your home can be overwhelming, and if so, it’s best to hire an expert! Not only does it take the weight off your shoulders, but it ensures the job is getting done correctly and safely, saving you money and stress in the long run.