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Do You Need To Call A Plumber?

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Whether you’re renovating a bathroom or making an everyday home repair, its important to choose professionals qualified to do the job.
Choosing a Reputable Company: Make the most of your service call.  The technician will usually be happy to take a look at your water heater, check your water pressure, show you how to shut off the water to your house, and other useful things without charge.

Preventative Measures:

  • Locate your main water shut off valve to the whole house.  This is very helpful in emergency situations (for example, in case of in-home flooding or major leaks).
  • When going on vacation make sure to shut off your water to the whole house.  This may prevent potential flooding from any leaks that may occur while you are gone.
  • Many types of clogs can be avoided by using common sense. Do not pour grease down the kitchen sink, and do not wash coffee grounds down the sink.  Use chemical cleaners only when necessary.  Do not flush larger items such as feminine hygiene products down the toilet.
  • Thousands of people are scalded by tap water every year.  The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association recommends that the full-on hot water temperature at the faucet be set between 120° and 125° F.
  • Insulate those pipes before it gets cold!  When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and cold water from your faucet's may keep your pipes from freezing.
  • Use cold water when the disposal is operating.  You can clean your disposal by grinding ice cubes.  When your disposal needs a little freshening, just grind some lemon peels.  Of course, you should read your maintenance manual.

Quotes/Warranties/Insurance: Always make sure that the person working on your plumbing is licensed by the state. You can request to see his plumber’s license. Always get the price for the repair in writing before they begin the job.