There are a number of small tasks that homeowners can handle on their own. Unclogging drains and draining hot water heaters are just two of these. However, when it comes to larger tasks, like repairing broken pipes, installing faucets and toilets, and tackling tough drain clogs, it’s time to call a plumber.
Before you start working with a plumber of plumbing company, there are a few things that you need to know and understand, including how the average plumbing company works. Keep these things in mind the next time you need to call in a plumber:
1. Understand You Will Receive an Estimate
This estimate should have both a time estimate (i.e. how long it will take to complete the task) and a monetary component (how much it will cost to complete the job, including parts, billable time and tax.)
2. Be Honest
If you’ve attempted to fix the problem, only to find that you’ve made it worse, tell the plumbing company over the phone when you schedule your appointment. This way, the plumber will know about it ahead of time, and will know what to expect. If you’ve complicated the problem, you will probably have to pay more to fix it, since the plumber will need to undo your work first.
3. Understand that Things May Get Messy
A mess ensures anytime that old pipes or fixtures are removed. There’s no way around this, since the sediment that built in them over time will come out the second the pipes are tipped over. Water might spill out and onto the floor, and if you’re dealing with a clog, it may not be the cleanest water in the world. Don’t panic. A good plumbing company will have their plumbers clean up after themselves.
4. Stay Out of The Way!
Plumbers know what they’re doing, and have all of the tools necessary to complete the job. If you’re standing there supervising, you might get in the way and complicate the process.