Jan 30

Don’t let your new home pour money down the drain

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As we enter the latter parts of January—after the merriment and expenses of the festive period—our pockets are severely feeling the pinch.

Of course, the New Year always makes a perfect time for changing the way we approach our personal finances. It’s a great prompt to find new ways of making our pennies go further and learning new tricks for keeping a little extra cash in the bank.

While it’s super to set new goals and head for new heights, it’s equally important to stay on top of your current situation.

For instance, we were recently quite startled to learn of the immense potential costs that can be incurred by plumbing problems and drainage disasters, both in the home and at the workplace.

This isn’t the sort of topic we like thinking about, but it seems that undertaking a few simple checks and following a set of basic principles can save you huge sums of money and prevent a whole lot of trouble further down the line.


What’s the deal with drainage?

Kitchen sink drain

Drainage is an important issue that affects every single homeowner.

For new buyers, it’s easy to put major considerations on the backburner, only to completely forget about them until much later when your new shiny bathroom has flooded. Our worlds fill up with boxes, removal vans, conveyancers and more, but utilities–though less exciting—still require our full attention.

Equally, continuous changes to the law mean that every homeowner needs to stay in the loop. Recent changes to septic tank legislature, for example, require homeowners to change the way their septic tanks process sewage by 2020, which could bring about an incredibly costly bill for undiscerning new-buyers in a couple of years’ time.

On top of this, there can be more immanent unpleasantries to deal with, too. No one wants to come to a housewarming with suspect smells!


UKDN’s five top tips for perfect pipes

lumber checking pipes under bathroom sink

1) Check the location of your property and its flood risk, particularly if you’re buying a new home. Ensure you’re prepared appropriately for any scenario this winter.

2) Make sure you stay on top of your new home’s maintenance. When left alone, small problems can quickly escalate and cause you major issues down the line, particularly if you have an old property.

3) Work out which pipes you’re responsible for, and ensure that they’re spick-and-span. You’ll carry the hit alone if something goes wrong.

4) Do your research. Check if the property is served by a mains sewer or a septic tank. If it’s the latter, regular cleaning will save you a shedload, keeping all infrastructure spic-and-span.

5) Be mindful of the Dirty Dozen, UKDN’s twelve things no homeowner should ever allow to drop down the sink to avoid ugly fatbergs building up in our sewers.

For more info, visit the UKDN Waterflow website and follow the comprehensive guidance on their infographic.


Click the image below to enlarge. Source: UKDN Waterflow

Infographic: Don't let your new home pour money down the drain

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