If you have a major fix to tackle around the house, find a plumber to do the job. Getting at least three bids helps you determine the scope of the project, so you can weigh the pros and cons of price and the plumbers' reputations.
Do you want to avoid frozen pipes? Avoid them easily (and call them expensive for a plumber) by disconnecting outside pipes in the fall. Make sure to turn off the water from the inside as well.
If you're constantly fiddling with a loose toilet handle, it means the flip valve needs to be replaced. Instead of being charged $100 by a plumber for the job, you can get the part at a hardware store for just $6 and install it yourself very easily.
No plumber will admit that they do not have the required license to work for you. So if you know of a great plumber, but don't have a license, hire them at your own risk. Licensed plumbers have a proven knowledge of local building codes and regulations.
While their job is to make sure your pipes run like a well-oiled machine, it doesn't include rebuilding the wall they had to demolish to make it happen. So while you're solving the water problem.
If you need a plumber stat, don't limit yourself to the first person or company you find on Google. You should contact a plumbing supply or fixture store because they typically won't work with subpar plumbers.
Need a quick fix? If a plumber tells you it takes a week to get the part to fix your toilet or sink, don't be too helpful if you can't wait. There's no shame in working with another plumber who can get the part and get the job done when you need it.
Plumbers might not make a special effort to inform you that a toilet or sink can be moved. But if you've worked with them on a remodel and they tell you that something can't be moved to a new space, ask them to explain in detail why not.
For the same function, some parts cost more than others. If a plumber doesn't give you an option, ask or, better yet, do some research if you have the time. Chances are you can use PVC pipe instead of copper and save money. If you're DIYing, here's how to connect PVC pipe to ABS pipe.
Aid! The bathroom does not stop working. It's a shame, sure, but it's not something you should call your plumber about. In fact, DIYers should note that this quick fix only costs you $5 for parts and materials.
Not all plumbers convey the message that installing better fixtures reduces the likelihood of future house calls. Case in point: Rubber washing machine hoses burst far more often than more expensive and durable stainless steel hoses.
The debris removal usually comes with an Allen key. Find a good place to store it. When the disposer gets stuck, you can follow the instructions in your owner's manual to fix it yourself. It's as simple as insert and twist.
IdesignAC can help you with all of these tips and our technicians are trained to identify dozens of other ways You can increase the energy efficiency of your AC System.