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Plumbing Repair: When to Call in the Professionals

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Many homeowners have attempted a plumbing repair only to fail and actually make matters worse. When this happens, not only do they waste time and money but also subject there home to potential water damage resulting from their faulty repair adding even more cost to the project. Running toilets, leaky sink drains or garbage disposals on the fritz are common plumbing problems handy homeowners try to tackle. The following post will outline some easy repairs you can attempt without the risk of potentially ruining your home as well as the repairs you should never attempt.

The Consequences

While repairing your plumbing yourself can save you a few dollars in repair costs, a faulty plumbing repair can result in costly water damage to your home. For instance, the water resulting from a faulty sink drain, faucet or toilet repair can ruin your cabinetry, flooring, walls and baseboard. In addition, when things get wet, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth are soon to follow. The consequences can be severe and add thousands of dollars to a project that should have been a fraction of the cost.

Think Before You Dive In

Common household plumbing problems include both easy and difficult fixes. Often a problem that seems simple turns into plumbing nightmare, setting off a chain of events as one problem leads to another. The next thing you know, you are ripping out cabinets and cutting into walls as you discover the shutoff valve you thought was leaking is actually a leaking supply line within the wall. You can avoid adding to the cost of a plumbing repair in your home by simply staying away from most of them. In fact, if there is even a small chance that your repair could fail and allow water to pour into your home, you should call a licensed plumbing contractor immediately.

What You Can Do

There are a few plumbing repairs a handy homeowner can safely do without the risk of damaging their homes. Replacing faucet aerators, shower knobs or faucet handles is not that complicated; however, there are repairs a novice should never undertake.

  • Any repair involving electricity and water is a dangerous mix. Garbage disposal or water heater replacement both qualify as household plumbing repairs best left to the professional.
  • Any repair that could result in home flooding should the repair fail.
  • Repairs that could result in additional damage to household plumbing systems such as drain cleaning and/or snaking.

Why Hire a Professional Plumber

Professional plumbing contractors are required to undergo continuous training and education to maintain their license. They carry the experience and knowledge to make plumbing repairs correctly without the added risk of additional home damage. However, should their repair fail, they also are required to carry liability insurance that protects your home should that unfortunate circumstance occur.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Why Hire a Licensed Plumber

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Every homeowner should have the number of a licensed plumber on hand in his or her contact list. Plumbing issues can happen at any time, and sometimes they can leave you in an emergency situation. While many homeowners will attempt minor repairs on their own, they would be wise to enlist the services of a licensed, insured and bonded plumbing contractor.

Benefits of a Certified Plumbing Contractor

When you hire a licensed plumber, you can be assured of several things:

Background Check

  • The person has undergone a background check. A reputable plumbing company understands the importance of safety and security for their employees and customers. For this reason, potential employees will be subject to a thorough background check.

Training and Credentials

  • When you hire a licensed plumber, you know the person repairing the problem has had extensive training. They have received one-on-one training in techniques and procedures using the latest in state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Along with extensive training, certified plumbers also understand and adhere to the International Plumbing Codes, have been certified by the state, and have an understanding of the county and city codes for the area(s) where they provide services.

Estimates

  • A plumbing contractor should always provide you with a written estimate. A licensed plumber must carry liability insurance, which protects your home if damage occurs during or after a plumbing repair.
  • A certified plumber will be able to stand by their work and honor their warranty for repair, replacement and labor, if necessary.

You Get What You Pay For

Trying to trim costs can come back to haunt you if choose an unlicensed and uninsured person to do cut-rate plumbing work. Regardless of how minor your plumbing problem may be, a licensed plumber is an expert and knows how to make the repair without causing additional damage to your home or business.

  • A certified plumber will have the correct tools for all types of repairs specific to plumbing problems, as well as the appropriate knowledge to complete the project. They will also know how to diagnose any problem quickly and efficiently to restore your service as soon as possible.
  • A licensed plumber works within the rules and regulations of your state. This includes understanding how to restore service safely, when it is necessary to pull a permit and how to minimize damage to your home during the repair.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Why You Should Hire a Licensed Plumber

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A plumbing system is one of the most crucial components of your home. When it’s working, it’s probably the last thing you think about. However, when it fails— daily routines are interrupted. After all, when toilets back up— mayhem sets in.

Homeowners will go to great lengths to restore their plumbing service as soon as possible. Some even attempt to make the repairs on their own. This can lead to improper repairs and extensive damage to homes.

Hiring a licensed plumber does not guarantee that everything will go smoothly during a plumbing repair. However, it does provide you with increased assurance that the person doing the job carries the knowledge and expertise for the project. Why?

  • Licensed plumbers spend thousands of hours in apprenticeship programs. This helps them learn the skills necessary for the trade from experienced and licensed plumbers before ever getting a license.
  • Professional plumbers must be proficient in math, mechanics and manual dexterity. They must also possess acute problem-solving skills.

The process to become a licensed plumber varies from state to state. Once they complete the required hours in an apprenticeship program, they are eligible to apply for their license through the state contractor’s board. To obtain their license, they must:

  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete any additional training requirements
  • Pass a lengthy plumbing contractor exam
  • Register and file their business name
  • Provide proof of commercial liability insurance to the board
  • Complete annual continuing education required by the board

Since one of the prerequisites of becoming a licensed plumber is liability insurance, you and your home are protected against any plumbing mishaps or damage incurred during the plumbing repair.

Hiring an unlicensed plumber carries several risks for the unsuspecting homeowner:

  • Many states have laws against hiring unlicensed contractors. This means you could be subjected to persecution or become a participant in criminal or civil cases involving the unlicensed individual.
  • Incorrect plumbing repairs can be harmful to your health or cause severe injury and/or extensive property damage.
  • Unlicensed plumbers are more likely to make plumbing mistakes and/or behave in an unethical manner.

Before hiring a professional plumber, verify their state plumbing license, liability insurance as well as workers compensation insurance. In addition, make sure they are bonded. Many states maintain websites dedicated to contractor verification. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau or the Consumer Protection Agency to inquire about complaints and pending lawsuits.

For answers to any additional questions you may have, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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Toilet Installation: Why You Should Hire a Professional

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Most homeowners with a novice skill set in home improvement dabble with a toilet installation from time to time. Tackling an easy project by yourself (such as a clogged drain, leaky faucet or broken showerhead) can save you few dollars. However, when it comes to moderate or major home plumbing repairs, a homeowner can quickly find themselves in over their heads. Without the experience and knowledge required for the project, homeowners often do more damage than good— leading to extended downtimes as well as additional repairs.

Why Should I Hire a Professional Plumber?

Professional plumbers are licensed, insured and trained in their respective fields. This carries a lot of weight when it comes to your home. As most of you know, water damage can cause extensive damage to your home including flooring, drywall and even furniture replacement. Combine those costly pitfalls with the potential for unhealthy mold and mildew growth, and you can understand the importance of hiring a professional plumber. Aside from the fact they are experienced and possess the knowledge to complete the project successfully, they also must carry liability insurance. What this means is that if they mess up the job, causing the damage mentioned above, by law, they must take the appropriate measures to repair it.

Are Plumbers Expensive?

Plumbers charge a set hourly labor rate or a Flat Rate for the work they are contracted to do. When you take their many hours of training, continuing education as well as the costly expenses of their insurance and licenses into account, you can better understand the reason behind their rates. What should never be overlooked is the fact that hiring a professional plumber gives you more than professional service. It gives you peace of mind. If anything unfortunate happens, you are covered.

Why Should I Hire a Plumber to Install a Toilet?

Toilet installation is a task that seems simple. However, it is likely that homeowners will fail when they try to install a toilet themselves. This is due to a lack of experience and a likely failure to notice and identify any other potential problems that could lead to a major failure causing extensive home damage. These potential problems could be as minor as a worn supply line and valve or a major problem such as a cracked or broken toilet flange.

In short, a faulty supply valve could leak or prevent you from being able to shut off the water supplying the toilet. In addition, a worn supply line could rupture and flood your house. A damaged toilet flange will prevent the toilet from seating properly allowing sewage to leak into your home.

Before embarking on any moderate to major plumbing project yourself, remember to consider the consequences should you fail to complete it properly.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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