As many home and business owners know, having to call in a plumbing engineering firms can run into money. But here are some tips that can save money.
- Make Sure the Plumber Is Good
A good plumber who installs a good system is invaluable. Plumbers who cut corners will cause their customers problems in the future, even the near future. Customers can avoid or at least reduce the risk of shoddy work by doing some research before they take on a plumber. They should always have a written contract.
- Don’t Call the Plumber For Everything
A surprising number of plumbing problems can be fixed by the homeowner, even one that look daunting. Before they call in the plumber they should do some research on-line or in home repair guides. Often the only thing a homeowner needs to fix a problem is the proper sized wrench, some pipe dope and rudimentary skills.
- Enter Into a Service Contract with a Reputable Plumber
If the homeowner has had a good experience with a plumber who has repaired or installed their system, they might ask if they can enter into a service contract. In these contracts the customer pays a monthly fee and the plumber comes and inspects and troubleshoots their system once or twice a year, or as needed. Major repairs are done at a much reduced cost or even for free. The homeowner will get discounts if their appliances or pipes need to be replaced as well.
- Baking Soda and Boiling Water
Once a month the homeowner should clear the drains with vinegar, boiling water and baking soda. Boil a pot of water. Then, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then flush with the pot of boiling water. As fearsome as this sound, it’s far gentler on pipes than commercial drain cleaners. It’s also good for septic systems.
- Make Sure the Drains Are Used
The homeowner should flush toilets, drains and turn on faucets and shower heads in bathrooms that are seldom used to keep the drains clear. Many vacation home owners are appalled by how clogged an unused plumbing system can get from simply not being used regularly.
- Inspect the Pipes
Though it might be uncomfortable, the homeowner should inspect the water pipes in their attic, basement or crawl space to make sure they’re not leaking. If they’re leaking, the homeowner can probably repair them fairly quickly.
- Know the System
A surprising number of homeowners have no idea how their plumbing system works. For example, they don’t even know or have forgotten where their septic tank is, which can have serious repercussions if the septic system needs cleaning out.
- Have the Right Tools
A homeowner can find out which tools they should have through home repair books and websites. They include wrenches, screwdrivers, plungers, tongue and groove pliers, drain augers, washers and O-rings and the screws that go with them, a valve seating tool, steel hose clamps, pipe clutters, pipe and masking tape, inspection mirrors to see around tight corners, a flashlight, heavy duty rubber gloves and utility knives.