WaterSafethe national accreditation body for licensed plumbers in the UK, has compiled their top five tips for helping people move in London.
The Plumbing Register asked its members for their top advice for clients moving into a new home.
- Locate and test your internal stopcock — where the water supply enters your home — as you may need to shut off the water in an emergency
- Check the boiler’s service history and ensure the cold water tank (usually in the attic) is capped and adequately insulated – and always use a Gas Safe registered technician for service
- Watch out for leaking toilets, faucets and radiators – signs include low water pressure, rust and water stains on floors or carpets, or mold on ceilings and walls
- Find out if your house has lead water pipes – they will shine if you scrape them off with a screwdriver (always wash your hands after testing). Lead can be harmful, so replacing it is a good idea
- Check if you have a water meter, in which case you will be billed for the amount of water you use. It’s usually in the ground outside the front of your home or indoors near the stopcock.
WaterSafe also produced a short video with top tips here: watersafe.org.uk/movinghouse.
WaterSafe is the national register of qualified, approved contractors, supported by all UK water companies and the drinking water regulators.
It was created to promote competent plumbers and help keep drinking water safe for homes and businesses in the UK.
Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, said: “Spring is a popular time for people to think about moving.” Our members report that it’s often the time they get calls about plumbing issues at clients’ new properties.
“On our website you will find a lot of free advice on what to look for in plumbing, pipes, faucets and fittings. However, we would always recommend you call in a licensed plumber rather than trying to fix things yourself.
“WaterSafe approved contractors have specific training in plumbing codes and ordinances, protecting you from poor installation or the use of non-compliant plumbing products that could contaminate your drinking water.
This ensures your drinking water stays healthy and healthy at the tap,” added Julie.
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