It’s stressful to become a new homeowner and take on a much higher level responsibility for your own living space. Texas811 wants to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes many new homeowners make when it comes to the basics of owning a home. Here are some steps that every new homeowner should take after they’ve purchased a home.
- Know where the main water shutoff valve is. Water from a broken pipe can cause serious damage to your house. Learning where your waiter shutoff is can help greatly reduce damage costs. Your water shutoff valve should be located where the water main enters your house. Make sure that everyone in the house knows where it’s located and how to shut it off in case of an emergency.
- Call Texas811 before digging. It’s important to call Texas811 at least 48 hours before you plan dig anywhere on your property. We will contact all your local utilities, who will dispatch professional locators to come to your property to mark the location of underground pipes, cable and wires. They will ensure that you can conduct a safe dig and that you won’t strike any utility lines that could possibly be harmful to you, your neighbors or your home.
- Check the slope of the foundation soil. There is a slope from the foot of your doorstep to the end of your lawn. You may or may not have noticed it before, but it’s there to ensure water doesn’t soak the soil around your foundation walls. If enough pressure builds up, the water that accumulates over time can cause leaks and cracks in your foundation. Once you know the slope, you can calculate what kind and how many downspouts you will need to obtain or repair.
- Being careful when you cut down a tree. If you’re not satisfied with the trees on your property when you move into your new homes, you may feel compelled to cut down a few. But it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of cutting down any tree yourself—you could potentially cause more damage your your property or even a neighbor’s property than you realize. Leave the tree-cutting to a professional tree service.
Whether you plan to build your own patio or plant a new garden, call Texas811 before you dig!