Did you know that the total amount of time you’ll spend in the bathroom on average is three years of your life or more? Most Americans today couldn’t imagine their homes without hot running water, a flushing toilet, and the other amenities that plumbing offers us. So when you have plumbing issues, it can feel as if your whole routine is thrown off. Luckily, whether you need something as simple as drain repair or something more complex, like water line repair, you can call a plumber to help answer all your plumbing questions and get your life back on track. What sorts of issues can a plumber fix? How do you find a reputable plumber? Read on below for the answers to all your commercial or residential plumbing questions!
What Can a Plumber Help Me With?
A plumber can help install, repair, and maintain your plumbing systems. If you’re putting a new bathroom in, for example, they can help install pipes, hook up water lines, and make sure everything is in line with building codes or other guidelines, according to the blueprint or design of the addition. If major work is being done, they’ll supervise the workers under them and work on adjusting pipes, fittings, and other fixtures to the shape and size necessary for use.
If you have a plumbing issue like leaking fixtures or pipes, a water line break, or a clogged drain, let a plumber come help you sort those issues out. If your water heater or sump pump should break, a plumber can also check on those.
Even if it seems minor, it’s in your best financial interest to get it fixed. If you have one leaky faucet in your home, you could fill an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes and waste over 2,000 gallons of water a year.
Are There Ways to Save on Water?
If you’ve been concerned by your recent water bills or want to do a good thing for the environment, you should inquire about any leaky pipes or faucets. Having a plumber install a low flush toilet could save you around 18,000 gallons of water per year. Not bad!
Plus, just staying conscious of how much water you’re using — and why — can make a big impact. For example, just waiting for hot water can waste over 9,000 gallons of water per year. If that’s an issue you face often, consider having the plumber take a look at your water heater. That could remedy your hot water wait time.
Turn the water off when soaping up dishes or your hands; even those few seconds of no water can add up. Installing a water efficient shower head can also make a huge impact.
How Do I Find a Reputable Plumber?
Make sure your plumber is licensed and insured, to protect both the plumber and yourself. You want to make sure your plumber has the right qualifications for tackling your plumbing job, whether it’s a routine drain cleaning or they’re performing a water heater inspection. If the plumber is licensed, it means they meet the state qualifications and have undergone a background check — if you’re going to let someone in your home, you want to make sure they’re trustworthy.
Ask family and friends in your area if they can recommend a plumbing company (or even a specific plumber). This is probably the most reliable way to find a quality plumber. You can also search online to see which plumbing companies are in your area, and then check out their ratings and reviews.
Plumbing is one of those things you should not try to do yourself, unless you have a background in plumbing. Hiring a professional to come handle a plumbing issue is always a good idea — it will save you time, hassle, and a potentially bigger problem down the road.