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Whether you rent your home or own it, sooner or later you'll find yourself in need of a plumber. Plumbers are the go-to experts to call about water-related emergencies, but there are less-urgent reasons to hire one, too. Plumbers perform essential maintenance and care tasks to keep your home running smoothly. For example, if your home has a septic tank, regular inspections performed by a skilled plumber can prevent them from developing costly problems.
Your home's plumbing system is essential enough to oblige you to make sure you have a qualified professional working on it. You need a plumber with the right licenses and experience. In most communities, you'll have a range of different companies and individual contractors to choose from. Making the right match will save you a lot of hassle.
The core job of all plumbers is to maintain, repair, install, and upgrade all of the equipment in your home related to moving water: pipes, fittings, fixtures, and more. More wide-ranging plumbing tasks include managing wastewater disposal systems, clean water distribution, and commercial and residential ventilation. Plumbers provide emergency and non-emergency services, sometimes through one same full-service company.
Becoming a licensed plumber obliges a worker to build up a record of education and job experience within the industry. In most places, a plumber will need at least five years of training and experience before they are allowed to take the licensing exam. The licensure requirements might seem demanding, but enough committed professionals have gone through them to maintain an ample supply of well-qualified plumbers to meet most communities' needs. As a general rule of thumb, plumbing businesses tend to be small ones, owned by individuals or families rather than corporations or franchises.
In many places, there are local, county, or state laws that require homeowners to have their septic tanks cleaned and serviced regularly. Check your local regulations to find out about your obligations. The knowledge and experience needed to repair and replace septic tanks are common among plumbers, but not entirely universal. Some plumbing firms eschew this sort of work. Plumbing companies that do handle septic tanks will generally mention that fact in their advertising. If you are unsure, you can always contact a plumbing firm directly and enquire about septic service.
A common and effective way to start your hunt for a plumber (emergency or otherwise) is to talk to people you know. Relatives, friends, coworkers, and neighbors may all have recent experience with local plumbers and useful advice to share with you. A personal recommendation from someone who has employed a given plumber in the past is a great way to cut through the guesswork involved in finding a plumber.
Plumbing isn't a glamorous industry, but it is a vitally important one. These dedicated professionals work hard to repair and maintain systems that are crucial to keeping our homes and businesses running. A licensed plumber can help you by providing a range of helpful services that can fix problems and ensure your plumbing system keeps working the way you need it to.
How do you know the difference between an emergency and a non-emergency plumbing problem? It's mostly a matter of common sense. If you need help hooking up water lines on a new pool, you're building? Not an emergency. If a blocked drain in your basement has turned it into a swimming pool, though? Emergency.
As a general rule of thumb, when you need plumbing services as part of a planned project, the professional you want is a licensed plumber with contracting experience. Examples of these sort of "planned" plumbing problems would include installing a new toilet or running pipe to put in new outdoor fixtures. When your plumbing needs develop more unexpectedly, that's when you need an emergency plumber. Leaks, flooding, and broken fixtures all require fast, effective fixes. That's exactly what emergency plumbers can provide.
Before you contact an emergency plumber, there are some simple steps you can take on your own to help the situation. If there is a shutoff valve on the water line that supplies a broken fixture, turn it off. If you're getting lots of water coming into your house and you can't slow it at the fixture level, don't hesitate to close the valve on your home's main water supply. Slowing the flow of water by any means necessary is key to minimizing the amount of water damage you have to deal with.
Once the water is stopped, assess the situation. How rapidly do you need it fixed? Plumbing problems happen around the clock, but they might not have to be fixed immediately. If you can safely and comfortably do without the broken fixture, it will be more affordable to wait until regular business hours before you call a plumber.
After you've stopped the flow of water and decided that you have a genuine fix-immediately plumbing problem, you should go ahead and call an emergency plumber sooner rather than later. But this is a call that you can and should prepare for.
You need to be prepared to answer questions when you talk to a plumber over the phone. The more clearly you can identify the problem, the better the professional can diagnose it and estimate the cost of fixing it.
This is also a good time to carve out a little extra time and check with multiple plumbers if you do not have a go-to licensed plumber for emergency work. Talking to two or more emergency plumbers may make it clear that the potential costs of your emergency repair could vary - sometimes by a large margin - depending on the company you decide to give the job to. Different plumbers structure their prices differently. Many emergency plumbers (but not all of them) will charge you a service call fee for visiting your home after hours, even if they cannot fix the problem right away.
These kinds of service fees can add unwelcome uncertainty to the process of hiring an emergency plumber. Many plumbers are hesitant to give precise estimates on repairing a plumbing issue they haven't even seen. You should at least be able to get a rough estimate provided you can describe the problem for the plumber with a fair degree of accuracy.
When you're engaging an emergency plumber, the person who answers your call is probably not going to be the licensed plumber himself. Ask to speak directly to the plumber who will be doing the work if you authorize it. This increases the clarity of the information you exchange and makes the price quote you receive more accurate.
A drain that works slowly or doesn't work at all is a widespread plumbing problem. Soap scum, mineral deposits, and all sorts of debris can get into drains and begin building up a clog. Sink drains, showers, bathtubs, toilets - every fixture that is supposed to take water away has the potential to clog.
When you realize you have a clogged drain, the reasonable first step is to attack the problem with a plunger. If plunging isn't sufficient, you may next try a chemical drain cleaner. If these standard home tools are enough to fix a clogged drain, it's time to call in a professional.
While any licensed professional plumber can fix a clogged drain, you'll get more effective service if you get in touch with a firm that specializes in cleaning drains. In addition to the standard plumbing snake, a specialized company can also bring hydro-jets to bear on the problem.
The plumbing snake, or an auger, is a bladed cable encased in a long metal tube. A plumber cranks the cable into the drain where its blades can carve away all debris plugging the drain. The chief value of the plumbing snake is that it can reach very deep clogs. Once normal water flow is restored, the snake is extracted.
Experienced plumbers that handle drain cleaning now make use of a hydro-jet to deliver better results. The hydro-jet is a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle designed to clear out a clogged drain using strong jets of water. The amount of force exerted is incredible; a hydro-jet is capable of cutting tree roots out of a pipe. Plumbers typically pair a hydro-jet with an in-line camera used to inspect the drain before and after hydro-jetting it.
When compared with a snake, a hydro-jet offers significant advantages:
Having your drains hydro-jetted regularly is a great way to safeguard against clogs and keep your plumbing in good working order. Professionals recommend having it done twice annually.