There are many things you need to know before hiring a plumber. Just like letting a stranger into your home, you need to be careful in choosing your plumber. I don’t know anything about plumbing, and I’m not necessarily good with my hands.
The perfect plumber should meet all of your requirements, and you should hire someone not because they are known in the area but you should hire someone who is experienced but knows what they are doing. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know before hiring a plumber.
1. Call a professional plumber
Although it is sometimes tempting to repair, renovate or install the plumbing in your home, the risk involved far outweighs the benefits of doing it yourself. Whether you are a novice or a black belt in DIY, no one is safe from mistakes.
Between the operations to be carried out (draining, emptying, unblocking), the standards to be respected, and the problems to be diagnosed, a private individual will soon damage his entire plumbing system. Yes, tutorials have their limits, and nothing can replace the expertise of a professional plumber.
Specialized in renovation work ordered online, they can allow you to program, in a few clicks, a “turnkey” service. At each stage of your project, a working designer will accompany you, answer your questions and plan the work (selection of the professional, purchase of materials, management of deadlines).
2. Get a free plumbing estimate
There are already websites that allow you to get quotes from artisans. But it does not just act as an intermediary between the customer and the craftsman. In fact, after making a request on their site and answering a few simple questions, you will immediately get a free, customized plumbing estimate. Moreover, everything can be done online.
Once you have validated this estimate, a plumber will intervene within 48 hours and ensure that your plumbing work is carried out according to the standards in force and at the right price. Moreover, you will save your energy and avoid many worries. In short, if nothing forbids you to do without the help of a professional or to look for one yourself, going through the network of professionals will allow you to get a fixed price and save time.
3. Anticipate the installation of an additional water room
Whether it’s a laundry room, a bathroom, or a toilet, adding a bathroom has the double advantage of making you more comfortable and enhancing your home. The added value that you will be able to realize upon resale will compensate for the cost of the work required for the installation of additional pipes and the relocation of the water inlets.
If the water room you intend to create is not located near your home’s main drain, don’t panic! Installation devices such as a lift pump or a sanitary grinder will allow you to evacuate your wastewater without hindrance. To help you plan and have a clear vision of the organization of your pipes (routing, connections, etc.), do not hesitate to draw a diagram of your current and future installation.
4. Reduce your water consumption
150 liters. This is the quantity of water that each French person consumes annually. Over the year, this represents about 180 $ per person. In addition to being an endangered natural resource, water has a cost that is not so negligible. To reduce the bill, several options are available to you.
First of all, you can equip your taps with water savers. These “aerators” will allow you to reduce your water consumption by half. More modern, infra-red technology also allows you to ensure that your taps, once equipped with sensors, only open when they detect hands.
You can also purchase showerheads with a “stop” option. However, to prevent the overpressure from damaging the shower hose, choose a system that allows a thin stream of water to flow out. In addition, you should know that there are now economic flushing systems. Equipped with dual control- depending on whether you have done the “small” or the “big” job- these flushes will help reduce your water consumption by 45 to 60%.
Finally, check that the expansion tank is working correctly if you have a boiler. If not, the correction of the variations in the volume of water circulating in the heating circuit will be poor, and your consumption will soar.
5. Track down water leaks (and act quickly!)
If abnormal water consumption can be caused by a leaky pipe or a malfunctioning sanitary equipment, it is important to react without delay. And for a good reason, time is on your side! When it comes to plumbing, you should not bury your head in the sand even more than elsewhere!
The longer you wait to (re)act, the worse the situation will get, and the more expensive the repairs will be. If it is not treated in time, a minor water leak can cause lasting damage to the walls, paintings, and coverings of your home…
6. Facilitate future interventions
Before undertaking any installation, repair, or renovation work, try to ensure that the layout you have chosen for your pipes does not thwart any future interventions. In other words, rather than hiding (for aesthetic reasons), blocking, or making it very difficult to access your pipes, make it easier for yourself by providing trap doors that allow easy access to your faucets.
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