12 Things Your Plumber Doesn’t Want You To Know
A plumber isn’t obliged to tell you it’s an easy fix…
You Should Shop Around
If you have a major fix in your home, it’s important to shop around for a plumber to do the work. At least three bids will help you determine the range of the project, so you can weigh the pros and cons of price and the reputation of the plumbers. Get references and contact them. Also, a good plumber isn’t likely to nickel and dime you. For the smaller jobs, check out these 11 plumbing tricks.
Outside Faucets Should Be Turned Off During Winter
Want to avoid frozen pipes? An easy way help prevent them is to disconnect your outside hoses in the fall. Make sure the water is shut off from the inside as well. Drain the hoses and store them until the following spring. Check out these 10 plumbing fixes to save your wallet.
The Toilet Handle Is Easily Replaced
If you’re constantly tampering with a loose toilet handle, it means the flap valve needs to be replaced. Instead of a plumber charging you $100 for the job, you can get the part at a hardware store for a mere $4 and install it very easily yourself. Here are more plumbing tricks of the trade.
Plumbers Need a License
No plumber is going to come right out and explain that they don’t have the required license to work for you. So if you know someone who is a great plumber, but they don’t have a license, hire them at your own risk. Licensed plumbers know the local building codes and regulations, have completed a certain amount of hours on the job and are insured. Want to become a master plumber yourself? Here are 28 tips.
Plumbers Don’t Clean Up
While it’s their job to make sure your pipes work like a well-oiled machine, it’s not their job to rebuild the wall they had to demolish to make that happen. So, while you’re going to get that water problem fixed, you’ll want to discuss in detail what kind of “mess” they might leave behind prior to the start of the project so you can plan accordingly. Remember, there are some jobs you can do yourself. Here’s how to solder copper pipe joints!
Where to Find a Quick Plumber Recommendation
If you’re in a jam and need a plumber stat, don’t just go with the first person or company you come across on Google. Call a plumbing supply or fixture store, as they usually refuse to work with bad plumbers. Here are four plumbing repair tips you need to know, even if you DO hire a plumber!
They Might Not Have the Right Part
Need a quick fix? After having a plumber come out to your house, they might tell you the part needed to fix your toilet or sink issue is going to take a week. Don’t be too amenable if you can’t wait. There’s no shame in working with another plumber who can get the part and do the job when you need it. If you’re doing the job yourself, be sure you know these tips for completing a plumbing fix like a pro.
They Can Move That!
Plumbers may not go out of their way to let you know that a toilet or sink can be moved. But if you’ve been working with them on a renovation, and they tell you something can’t be transferred to a new space, ask them to explain to you in detail why not. Speaking of things people don’t want to tell you, here are 10 things your neighbor isn’t being up-front about.
You Have a Choice With Parts
Some parts are more expensive than others. If a plumber doesn’t given you an option, ask, or better yet, do your research, if you have the time. Chances are, you can use PVC pipe instead of copper and save some money. If you’re DIYing, here’s how to connect a PVC pipe to ABS pipe.
A Running Toilet Is a Cheap Fix
Help! The toilet won’t stop running. It’s a bummer, sure, but it’s something you don’t need to call your plumber about. In fact, DIYers should take note that it’s a quick fix that will cost you just $5. For instance, your handle might just be sticking, which can be solved by spraying some lubricant where the handle meets the porcelain. Ready to DIY? Here’s how to fix a running toilet.
Spend More Now, Save a Lot Later
Not all plumbers are going to come right out and tell you that the better fixtures you have in your house, the less likely you are to call them. Case in point: That rubber washing machine hose is much more likely to burst than a more expensive and durable stainless steel one. Check out these other 35 ways to save money around your home.
Keep That Allen Key
Garbage disposers usually come with an Allen key. Find a good place to store it, and when the disposer jams, you can follow the directions in the owner’s manual to fix it yourself. It’s as simple as inserting and twisting, and doing this yourself will save you the hassle and cash of a service call to the plumber. Speaking of tool storage, check out these clever tool storage ideas.