Leaky faucet, spooky pipe noises, and clogged drains – these are common household horrors that call for the service of your friendly local plumber.
Apparently, though, there are several secrets your plumber won’t tell you. And knowing these secrets may help you find a better service, learn DIY fixes, and save you from expensive, unnecessary service.
Need an honest recommendation?
If you just moved in your house or simply unhappy with the service of your current local plumber, it’s best to ask around for a certified and reliable one. Start by calling the nearest plumbing supply or fixture store, not by going to the Yellow Pages and going for the first ad that you see. For sure, the store will be able to recommend some good ones for you. Yes, they don’t work with bad plumbers. You can also read reviews online.
Not every single plumber out there has a license.
Just because a plumber or plumbing company has an ad in the local paper doesn’t mean they are licensed ones. You will want to work with a registered pro, not someone who is simply after your money. Consult with your local chamber of commerce or city hall for a list of licensed plumbers in your area.
Toilet always clogged? It could be the “flushable” wipes.
There is no way “flushable” is synonymous to “plumbing-friendly.” According to Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical, one of the companies offering emergency plumbing in Salt Lake City, flushable baby wipes are a common cause of clogged pipes. Unlike toilet paper, they don’t break down with water. If you don’t want to clog your toilet, might as well find an alternative to these wipes.
DIY fixes are easier than you thought, check YouTube.
You can save a lot of money if you know the tricks. Of course, you don’t need to attend a plumber’s class. All you need is look for tutorials on YouTube. You can learn anything from using a simple wire hanger to solve blocked drains to replacing the thermocouple of your troubled hot water heater.
With a little research and patience, you can avoid the need for a plumbing service or at least minimize the costs.