What You Need to Know About Your Home

You can probably know your home’s square footage, the approximate size of each room, and the best restaurants within a 2-mile radius.  But do you know your town’s policy regarding signage or your exact property line?

If not, you’re not alone since, often, it’s an issue that rarely if ever arises.  Still, the more you know about your home, the better prepared you’ll be to deal with unexpected issues.  

Property Line – Whether you’re planning to install a fence, plant a tree, or build a shed, you first need to know the exact location of your property lines to avoid infringing on a neighbour’s boundaries. More often than not, shrubs and fences are not accurate markers of a property line. You can check the map you received when you purchased your home, or check with your local assessor’s office.

Noise Ordinance – Before throwing the party of the year, complete with a DJ or string quartet, check your town and/or condo complex rules about daytime and nighttime noise. Keep in mind that residential neighbourhoods typically have stricter policies than commercial or mixed-use areas.

Signage – Drive through almost any neighbourhood and you’ll see no shortage of signs touting yard sales, lost pets, or promoting local attractions and events. But failing to check first with your local zoning office could result in a fine.

Shut-Off Valves – Knowing the location of your home’s main water and gas shut-off valves could prevent serious damage should a leak occur. A natural gas valve is typically found on the side of the house or near the back, while a main water valve is usually located somewhere near or in the ground level.

Water Pressure – It’s something we seldom think about, but testing your home’s water pressure at least once a year is a good idea. Too-low water pressure reduces the function and efficiency of your shower, dishwasher, and washing machine, while too-high pressure can seriously damage your plumbing.

Being a home homeowner is one of the great American dreams, but also can represent a world of challenges. Rest assured, however, that Your 1 Plumber is here to assist with all your plumbing needs. That includes ongoing preventative maintenance, highly skilled repair work, and new installation. No matter what the need, contact Your 1 Plumber now or anytime the need arises.

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