Plumbing Guide for New Homeowners

Congratulations on your new home! We understand that moving into a new neighborhood can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it comes to taking care of your home's plumbing. This guide is here to help you navigate some essential aspects of plumbing in your new home for you and your family.

Locating Your Water Meter and House Shutoff Valve:

To safeguard your home against water emergencies and streamline maintenance, knowing the whereabouts of your water meter and house shutoff valve is imperative.

Action Steps:

  • Find your water meter near the curb or sidewalk, typically enclosed in a black plastic box with a removable lid.
  • Identify the house shutoff valve, usually on the same side as the meter, and ensure it's in working order.

Locating Your Gas Meter:

If your home relies on natural gas, locating your gas meter is crucial for safety and maintenance purposes.

Action Steps:

  • Look for the gas meter outside your home, often near an exterior wall, appearing grey with metal piping.
  • Ensure easy access to the gas meter for emergencies and maintenance.

Checking the Condition of Your Water Heater:

Your water heater plays a vital role in your daily life. Regular inspections can extend its lifespan and maintain its efficiency.

Action Steps:

  • Find your water heater, typically in the attic or a side attic in Kingwood.
  • Perform an annual visual inspection, checking for rust, leaks, unusual noises, and adequate clearance. Contact a professional plumber if issues arise.

For water heaters under three years old, flush the unit annually to remove sediment buildup. Older units should undergo only visual inspections.

Basic Drain Maintenance, Including the Condensation Drain:

Preventing clogged drains and ensuring proper functioning of your plumbing system is essential.

Action Steps:

  • Install drain screens in sinks and tubs to capture debris and hair.
  • Avoid using wet wipes and refrain from pouring grease or large food particles down the kitchen sink.
  • Locate and inspect the condensation drain for your HVAC system biannually. Clear it to prevent overflow, especially in Houston's hot climate.
  • If persistent drain problems or clogs arise, seek assistance from a professional plumber.

At Brazos Home Services, we're more than just your local plumbing experts; we're your neighbors in the Kingwood area. As a family-owned and operated business with over 20 years of residence in this community, our roots run deep. Our owner, who attended Kingwood Middle School and Kingwood High School, even proudly wore the Mustangs' football jersey.

Our intimate knowledge of Kingwood's and surrounding area’s unique characteristics, from water quality to pressure, and understanding of how houses are built in the area, sets us apart. We're not just servicing homes; we're contributing to the well-being of our community. Our commitment goes beyond exceptional plumbing services; it's about being here for our neighbors when they need us the most.

Welcome to your new neighborhood, and remember, at Brazos Home Services, we're always here to serve you with a hometown touch and unmatched expertise.