Some homeowners have a plumber’s number saved in case a pipe bursts or little Billy gets his GI Joe into a sticky situation with a toilet tidal wave
(again)—or maybe you just call the first plumber you can find in an emergency. This isn’t the smartest move. You have a go-to professional for your car maintenance, your hair, and your health, so why not your pipes? Reputable plumbers can do a lot more than snake drains and play the hero when the basement floods.
Choosing a plumber during an emergency situation is never a good idea. You’re stressed, you might overpay, and you don’t research their reputation or check that they are licensed. Building a relationship with a plumber is a good idea because just like every other part of your home, regular maintenance is key to prevent unnecessary repairs and urgent situations.
Check out these four times you might need a residential plumber and start your research today.
Every autumn for TLC
Going into the winter months means more than pumpkin spiced lattes and holiday decorations. Your pipes are about to get a workout
and might need new insulation sleeves, heating tape or repairs.
You should also make sure that your water heater is up to par and won’t leave you with frostbite indoors. A routine fall checkup can help you with the following and more.
When shopping for a water heater
- Avoid frozen and burst pipes
- Ensure you have water
- Check for existing leaks before they get out of control
There are seemingly endless types of water heaters out there. Whether it’s time for a replacement or you’re custom building a brand new home, choosing the wrong one can cut your indulgent showers short—or leave your family giving you the stink eye when there’s no hot water to do the dishes, wash their face or take a bath. Not only do water heaters come in different sizes
, they also come in a plethora of options, such as:
- Conventional storage
- Heat pump
- Tankless (also known as on-demand)
- Tankless coil/indirect
A plumber can expertly install your new water heater, repair one that’s acting up, and even help you choose the best one for your needs. Plus, the plumber isn’t getting any commission on that sale, so you know he or she has your best interest at heart.
When the water pressure is embarrassingly low
Does it take you 30 minutes to shampoo your hair because the water pressure is barely working? That can be a sign that a tank or pipe is clogged
—and you need an immediate fix before you shower diminshes to a trickle.
It can be tough to recognize low water pressure since it often slows down over time. However, if you think there’s a problem, a plumber can offer a fast and efficient analysis.
When you’re buying a property
Plumbing is the skeleton of the home, and the vast majority of the system is tucked into walls or underground where you can’t see it. However, “bad pipes” aren’t just costly—they’re potentially dangerous
Particularly with older homes, the pipes might be in such bad shape that metals and other debris is sloughing off and right into your tap water. Other times, the main line or septic tank might be about to die, and that’s several thousand dollars to fix.
A proper home inspection
should be required and include a comprehensive plumbing check. Are you sure it’s taken care of? You wouldn’t buy an expensive car without getting an inspection—don’t take a risk with your future property. Having a plumber in your corner can save you headaches and serious cash down the road, and that’s exactly what you deserve.
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