plumbing tips

plumbing drains, clean, flushingPlumbing services can get expensive. It’s always best to try to maintain proper plumbing maintenance year-round. You don’t have to be a professional to solve minor plumbing problems on your own. Here are a few tips to keep away a few of those problems that could occur during the year.

  • In the event that your toilet begins to overflow, open the tank lid and push the flush valve closed. This will keep the toilet from overflowing while you clear the hindrance.
  • Check your meter on a regular basis. If there is no water running, all the dials on the meter should be static. If there is one moving on its own, this may indicate a leak in the house.
  • At least once a year, open and close all water valves in the house. This will ensure that they stay in working order.
  • Periodically, drain a few gallons of water from your water heater. This will allow harmful sediment to clear.
  • When you have a stopped drain, always use a plunger first before using a drain cleaner. Drain cleaners should only be used as a last resort.

How To Find A Quality Plumber

Plumbers are a dime a dozen but not all of them have the same skill set, experience or qualifications. In order to find a quality plumber who is reliable and has a good reputation, there are some steps that you should follow:

  • Referrals, Recommendations and References

    Get referral from friends, family members or colleagues who have a had a good experience with a specific plumber. Keep in mind that plumbers have different skill sets so ensure that the recommendation is for work that is the same as or similar to your requirements. Alternatively, ask the plumber for references and make sure that you contact the people listed to find out if they were satisfied with the service that they received.
  • Compare, Compare, Compare

    Most often, it is the rate or cost of a plumber that is the deciding factor on whether you hire them to provide a service or not." A lower rate may make it more likely that you will receive a lower quality service " we were old when speaking to Plumber Elwood . So first and foremost, compare quotes from different plumbers for the same job.

    Then compare the services that they will provide. For example, a plumber who costs a little more but provides more services will provide better value for your money in the long run. Lastly, compare quality and experience. A skilled plumber is more likely to complete a project to your satisfaction the first time around saving you time, money and inconvenience.
  • The Guarantee

    There are two types of guarantee that you can expect from a plumber - one for workmanship and the other for parts, materials and other supplies. Both of these guarantees are important. The guarantee for parts ensures that they are using quality products and that if something breaks, it will be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer.

    The workmanship or labor guarantee ensures that you have recourse should you be unsatisfied with the service that was provided or if something goes wrong again within a specified period of time. This means that you will not have to pay any additional fees or costs for a plumber to come out a second or multiple times to ensure that the work meets with the required standards, repairs were made sufficiently or a project meets with your satisfaction.

    At the end of the day, just a little time and due diligence can ensure that you find a reliable, reputable and quality plumber.
  • Regular maintenance is important and can save you a fortune down the road. For more helpful maintenance tips, please give us a call.