As a homeowner the last thing that you want to do is to call in a plumber, that being said it is sometimes inevitable. Having someone come in who knows exactly what they are doing is great but at the same time you sit there wondering if there was anything you could have done to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. As it turns out, there is lots you can do to avoid having plumbing emergencies and here are 5 things that a plumber will never tell you.
Most of the time a dripping tap is something that needs to be fixed, it is one of the more common household repairs. But there are certain times of year where you want to leave your taps dripping just a little bit. If you live in the northern part of the country where you can get some extremely cold weather then you know the danger of freezing pipes. Dripping taps can keep your pipes from freezing and causing a huge mess in the middle of winter.
Fixtures are Easy to Fix
Dripping taps or running toilets are often ignored by homeowners but they are issues that are not only easy to fix but will save you money. Both can run up your water bill costing you money and these are fixes that you can easily do yourself. Here is how easy it is to change a faucet in your kitchen.
Watch What You Flush
The only thing that should be flushed down your toilet is waste and toilet paper. There are wipes, cleaning products and feminine hygiene products that claim they are safe to flush, they aren’t.
Saving on the amount of water that you use makes sense both for your wallet and for the environment but be careful how you go about it. Putting bricks or soda bottles in the back of your toilet tank can affect how they flush. It is easier and better for your bills to replace your toilet with a low flow unit that uses less water with every flush.
Don’t Call on Mondays
The busiest day of the week for any plumber is on a Monday. On the weekends everyone is at home using the facilities increasing the chances of something clogging the toilet or pipes. Also many homeowners on the weekend try and fix their own plumbing which can lead to a whole other set of problems. Either way it results in a whole bunch of calls to plumbers first thing Monday morning.
Calling a plumber is something that every homeowner is going to have to do sooner or later, and it’s likely that it will be during an emergency. Nobody appreciates having a flooded basement or clogged pipes when you aren’t certain who you can call to fix them. Plumbing emergencies are not pleasant in the least but here are a few suggestions to help you get the right plumber in an emergency.
Hire a Professional!
It’s crucial, if you like a clean, completed professional job in that case get a professional plumbing service. Everyone has a handy friend or family member, but they aren’t appropriately trained. What begins as a tiny leak or stopped up drain can swiftly turn into a large costly screw up of busted pipes and holes in the walls. Trained and licensed plumbers stay up to date on their field and are experts in keeping your pipes running. Can you wait to live without your bathroom for Two weeks because you did not contact a local plumber?
How do you know they are competent? Simply ask, almost all states require paperwork such as licenses and insurance and you can ask to see them. Right now you can expect a plumbing company to have both a webpage and a telephone that is answered regularly. The regular handyman won’t be be able to take credit card payments but a reputable plumbing company ought to be able to.
You will find plumbers by flipping through the yellow pages or by doing a Google search but you’ll still have to find out if they’re any good. You could always talk with friends and family to find out if they have a plumber they might recommend to you. Ask about the situation, if the plumber was very good, was there an emergency, how much time did they have to wait.
If no one has a recommendation for you no need to freak out or worry you can still look on the web for a plumber. One of the benefits of the net is you’ll find plenty of web pages that allow you to read or write critiques of local trades-people and businesses. You can check the BBB as well as sites like Google and Angie’s List.
The time a plumber has been in business is another indicator you should take into consideration. If a plumbing company has been in business for a very long time then they’re doing good work. Most likely they’re still here because the services are good and at a good price.
Pay by the Job Not the Hour!
Nobody likes hidden fees and shocks on a bill. Go for a plumber that gives you a cost for the complete job you need done rather than on an hourly basis. A respected company will provide you a no cost quote well before beginning. Get on paper what the job will cost you, the materials plus the cost of labor. The work done should come with a warranty and make sure you have got the terms and conditions of the warranty or guarantee.