7 Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Plumbing
No one likes calling in a plumber. But there are many chores around your home that are best left to the professionals. If you’ve ever attempted to fix something on your own and only made the matter worse, you understand the potential problems.
Calling in just any plumber can be nerve wracking. We’ve all heard the stories about homeowners being cheated with discounted repair work and shoddy business practices. But if you find the right plumber, one you can trust, you’ll know your repair bills are as small as possible while your system is in the best shape possible.
What can you do to help the process?
This is the number one reason we visit homes across the Atlanta area. They are also one of the things that are easiest to prevent. Talk to your family about what can and can’t be flushed. Install drain covers to catch hair in bathtubs and showers. Watch what you put down the garbage disposal and what gets taken out with the trash. Simple safety precautions matter.
A part of every service call comes in paying for the call itself. You often pay for travel time and gas mileage for your plumber to make a house call. So make the most out of the visit by having them take care of several jobs at one time.
Plumbing emergencies never occur at convenient times. Ever had to call in a plumber right before a big party? The Thanksgiving holiday is one of our busiest times. If you’ve noticed a slow drain or a toilet that won’t flush, don’t put it off until “later.” Fix problems long before your first guest arrives.
Buy A Snake
Those drain cleaners you buy at the big box stores don’t work. And the chemical residue it leaves in your pipes can do more damage than good. Instead, invest in a plumber’s snake to use the next time you have a clogged drain. They’re easy to use and can fix simple problems every time.
Reduce The Plumber’s Time
Plumbers often charge by the hour, which means they’re on the clock from the moment they arrive. Maximize efficiency by clearing up the area and doing what you can before they arrive. Clean out underneath the sink, so they have immediate access. And keep pets and kids away so the plumber can get right to work.
Buy The Supplies
In some cases, you know exactly what is needed to fix a problem. Or maybe you’ve wanted to upgrade a faucet but haven’t had the time. By having parts necessary to fix the problem, you’ll save time and money having to run to the store and back to fix the problem.
The turn of the seasons is the best time to call in a plumber and have him evaluate your plumbing system. He can check pipes for cracks, turn on faucets and flush unused toilets to make sure your plumbing is in good working condition. And if he does catch a potential problem, it will save you from an expensive disaster in the not too distant future.
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