Many homeowners are comfortable taking care of minor repairs but when it comes to working on the plumbing system, it is always best to rely on a professional plumber. Plumbers have special training that allows them to install and repair the pipes, drain fittings, fixtures and other components responsible for transporting water throughout a building. They are intimately familiar with these complicated systems and have access to the special tools needed to work on them.
Clogged toilets and sink drains are common problems that most homeowners will run into at some point. Using a plunger or a plumber’s snake will clear most minor clogs but if the water does not flow freely after the first couple attempts to clear the pipe, the homeowner is better off calling a qualified plumber. Trying to use too much force can damage a fixture or pipe beyond repair requiring costly replacement.
Plumbing leaks are common causes of increased water bills but they can have much more devastating effects if left unchecked. Leaking water can cause electrical system failures, do structural damage and create the ideal breeding ground for toxic mold growth. Signs of a plumbing leak include constantly running toilets, dripping faucets, musty odors, chronic sewer backups and the sound of running water when no faucets are running or appliances are in use.
An experienced plumber uses sophisticated equipment to detect leaks even if they are underground, under concrete slabs or deep inside the walls of the structure. After locating the source of the leak, the plumber will inspect the pipes and replace any that are broken.
Homeowners must take the time necessary to find a reputable plumber to save time, money and the aggravation of cleaning up the mess made by someone who is incompetent. Personal references from family members, friends and neighbors are always helpful and often yield better results than blindly choosing a name off a local business directory.
Residents in states that require plumbers to have licenses should ask for the license number and verify it with the proper authorities. Professional plumbers should be fully insured to protect themselves and their clients in case an accident causes property damage or physical injury.
Knowing how long the company has been in business is helpful information when choosing a local service provider. A business that fails to keep its customers satisfied is unlikely to keep its doors open for more than a couple years. A company advertising its ability to stay in business in the same location for decades is one that is likely to have skilled and experienced employees who do quality work.
Consumers should always compare estimates from at least three different plumbers before making a decision. Most reputable plumbers will offer a free estimate with no obligation to hire them for the job. Make sure that the estimates detail costs for parts and labor to allow for a more accurate comparison. Plumbers who are confident in their abilities will guarantee their work. If a plumber refuses to offer a guarantee, the consumer should decline to hire the individual and find someone else who will guarantee the work done on the project.