A good home should be a comfortable retreat where you and your family can relax. Of course, just beneath the surface of this castle is a vast network of pipes, machines, and fixtures that serve your home by carrying water all around it.
When this network breaks down, things can go from comfy to exasperating very quickly! As a homeowner, you can prepare yourself for plumbing crises by checking out the basic plumbing advice presented below.
Do-It-Yourself Vs. Professional Plumbers
As a homeowner, it’s not your job to learn every aspect of the plumber’s art. There will be repairs and renovations that you can’t handle on your own. At the same time, though, you can save a great deal of time and money if you cultivate a few basic repair skills.
Know how to fix basic clogs, (i.e. learn how to work a plunger) and make basic repairs (replacing washers, assembling and disassembling fixtures, and so forth). Keep a decent toolbox in your home, and know where your water shut-off valves are — for both the house and for individual fixtures, where applicable.
Picking A Good Professional
When plumbing work gets beyond your skill level, it’s time to call in a real plumber. Ideally, you want to have a long-term relationship with a professional you trust.
If you’re new to the area or looking for a new plumber, though here are some good ways to evaluate plumbing pros: Ask for credentials. Legitimate plumbers will be licensed and insured, and should be willing to prove it. Ask for references. Talking to previous customers can give you a good idea of a plumber’s trustworthiness.
Always get a second estimate. When you’re dealing with a really major plumbing job, make sure you compare estimates from at least two different plumbers.
The Value Of Maintenance
Your repertoire of plumbing skills should include basic maintenance operations. This includes keeping fixtures clean! When you install new fixtures or equipment, be sure to review any and all documentation that comes with them. Proper maintenance procedures will be outlined there.
When you get work done by a professional plumber, be sure to ask him about maintenance. A pro can also advise you about any special steps you may need to take based on your home and your climate.
Investing In Durability
Whether you’re upgrading your fixtures or replacing malfunctioning plumbing equipment, make sure you get your money’s worth out of the new materials you purchase and install. Longevity and durability should be the most important qualities to look for. You want fixtures and equipment that will last, and you should be willing to pay to get it.
If you have a choice between a plain faucet from a manufacturer with a reputation for reliability and a fancy designer faucet with a premium price tag, go for the first option. Besides lasting longer, plain, durable fixtures don’t go out of style.
Sadly, you’re going to find that every plumbing issue you face has its own unique and frustrating characteristics. Hopefully, the advice you’ve just received will be broadly applicable in many different situations. By making smart decisions, you can minimize the amount of trouble your plumbing gives you and keep your house as comfortable as possible.