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When to Call a Professional Plumber

Posted on 27. Aug, 2013 by .

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Many plumbing projects are ideal for the do it yourselfer, especially with all of the tutorials and guides online. There are times, however, when calling a professional plumber is the best option. Even some seemingly easy projects are best handled by a pro. Save yourself some time and trouble by calling a professional for the following types of plumbing projects.

Permits Are Required: Generally things like bathroom remodels, moving existing plumbing, or adding new a new gas line for your BBQ will require a permit. A professional will know when a permit is required and the process and building codes to make sure the inspections go through.

Main Line Stoppage: Anytime the toilets are backing up into the tubs and showers the problem is most likely the main line. This usually requires special equipment that most homeowners don’t typically have. While renting the equipment is possible, it is not advisable unless you have experience using it. A professional will have experience using the equipment and clearing out the main line.

Shower Valve Replacement: This can be complex and time consuming for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. An expert can help you pick out the right valve for your shower. The options are many and it can get confusing very quickly. There is also the possibility of damaging the shower walls in the process. A professional will know how to change the valve with the least amount of damage (if any) to your walls.

Water Heaters: Depending on this situation it is not recommended to work on your own water heater without experience or proper guidance. There are a lot of things that can go wrong during a water heater repair. An apparently simple adjustment may end up making a leak worse or causing more damage.

Tub Replacement: This type of project is a big job, even for the professional plumber. It may sound straight forward, but it is quite involved and I don’t recommend it for even the handiest homeowner.

Even with small projects it can sometimes be worthwhile to call a professional. Hiring a plumber can sometimes save both time and money. Before you buy tools and invest your time, call around to find out what a pro will charge. Then you’ll know just how much you can save yourself.

Source: About.com Plumbing: What’s Hot Now

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Don’t Wait For An Emergency To Find A Plumber

Posted on 25. Aug, 2013 by .

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The best time to shop for a plumber is when you don’t need one. This sounds a little backwards, but this can really save you a lot of money and frustration when you do need to call a plumber. Most people will not have the patience or the time to shop around for a fairly priced service professional when they are faced with no water, no hot water in the winter, or without the use of toilets due to a main line stoppage.

So, when your plumbing is working well take some time to put a list of reliable and affordable plumbers together to keep handy for when you need it.

  • Get recommendations – ask around, satisfied customers are always happy to recommend someone.
  • Call to get a price list – ask for the cost of a service call, for after hours and holiday charges, and the cost of some basic services (main line stoppage, garbage disposal installation, faucet leak, etc.). Even if you only get a price range for each service you can use it to compare with other companies.
  • Get several phone numbers – narrow down the list to two or three different plumbers in case your first choice isn’t available. It’s a good idea to get the number to at least one 24 hour plumber just in case.

For more ideas read top 5 tips for pricing plumbers.

Source: About.com Plumbing

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