January 30, 2017
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a plumber? Depending on your line of work, you may see plumbers as beneath you. While plumbers may not have a formal education from a higher-level university, they are very intelligent people who chose to go to trade school and learn a very specific skill rather than pursue an education at a recognized university. Unfortunately, when we think of plumbers, most of us think of them doing toilet repair. Well, we will admit that these repair jobs are not the most glamorous. In fact, they are downright awful. But just as you had to suffer through philosophy books and long hours at the stuffy library to get to where you are, plumbers have to suffer through toilet repairs to get to a managerial position. You may understand that toilet repair jobs are not very fun, but here are some reasons why toilet repair jobs are the worst.
Imagine unclogging a toilet that is not yours
You know when you have to unclog your toilet and how annoying it is for you? It is pretty gross, and even the thought of touching the plunger makes you cringe a little bit, doesn’t it? Well, imagine unclogging a toilet that is not even yours. Sounds pretty disgusting, right? Well on top of entering a mysterious bathroom and reaching for an industrial plunger to unclog the mysterious objects or contents that clogged the toilet, usually the clog is much worse than the average person has encountered. You would not call a plumber for a clog that you can handle yourself. No, people only call plumbers when they have a nasty clog that will not come out. Because of this, plumbers may need to use a plunger for quite a while before they can clean the system out. If the plunger is not working then, you do not want to know. One DC plumbing company we spoke to said it is not uncommon to have to use your hands at times when unclogging a toilet or moving stuff around. Coming back to our point above, you really only call a local plumber when you are unable to do the job yourself, and the clog is so severe you have no other options.
People do not clean their bathrooms before you visit
You know how people clean up their bathrooms and the rest of their homes before they have guests over? Well, people do not bother cleaning up when they have a plumber come out for toilet repair. Now we do not blame them for this because we are providing a service and we are not guests by any means. Additionally, many people have a plumbing emergency when they are hiring a plumber. Is cleaning your bathroom really what you are thinking of when you have an emergency? Probably not. What this means for plumbers though is that mold, mildew, body hair, etc. are all just a part of the job. Compared to what we find in the toilets, this is not that bad, but we cannot say that mold, mildew, and body hair make toilet repairs any better.
Obviously, plumbers know that they will need to do some nasty jobs when they sign up for the career path. It is just part of the job. We would ask that you consider the hard work and disgusting things that we go through though the next time we visit your home. We understand that you may have an emergency, but that emergency is not our fault, so yelling at us makes us upset, but a smile and a thank you can go a long way.
January 5, 2017
Did you know that what you think was okay to do with your sink can actually make you call the plumber right away? It may be surprising, but here are some things that you do that destroys your home’s plumbing system.
Improper use of the garbage disposal
Many sinks these days are equipped with a garbage disposal, yet some households tend to treat it like a trash compactor. And the result? The blades in the disposal stops working. Households tend to use the blades like a grass cutter, treating it like an all purpose knife that can cut anything such as potato peels, watermelon rinds, pumpkin carvings and a whole lot more. Garbage disposals are not meant to take all of the trash in your home, and for those who rely on well and septic for their disposal needs, extra precaution must be taken. Forcing 5 pounds of potatoes down the drain is the quickest way to require you to repair garbage disposal. Basically, using common sense is your best defense against requiring expensive plumbing repairs.
These are just some of the common things that plumbers find when they are called over to repair something. Just because it is referred to as garbage disposal doesn’t mean that you can just put anything in it.
It doesn’t mean that the household is the main problem. If you are hosting a party, make sure that you remind the guest what’s not and what is to be placed in the sink and the garbage disposal.
Missing the disposal plug
Aside from treating it like a garbage chute, many households also forget to remove the plug. It mostly happens during installation. The installation of the garbage disposal is pretty straightforward and doesn’t really need advanced skills in plumbing. But if there is a need for the unit to get connected with a dishwasher, the knockout plug that can be seen in the disposal should be removed first. There is no issue there if there is no dishwasher since the plug creates its own seal. But if it is the other way, it will block out the hole where the dish washing machine’s hose connects. This will cause water to leak all over the place.
Putting too much weight
It can be very tempting to put up weights on plumbing fixtures because it screams like it is able to handle such weight. However, manufacturers of plumbing fixtures say that they are not created for that purpose. They are created for a sole purpose only and it is how they are used. They are never meant to carry extra weight. For example, shower heads are a favorite spot for putting up shampoo racks. The bathtub spout usually becomes the footrest. Doing so will snap it up, making you spend extra on another plumbing fixture.
Joining improper connectors
Another thing that most households do to make life easier is by connecting different metal types together in plumbing lines, like copper and steel. These two metals require the right coupling. But without the right metals it can corrode the material quickly, which is referred by the plumbing professionals as dielectric corrosion. When this happens, it can close up the pipe.
If you want to avoid calling the plumber every time something happens to your drain, you better make sure that you avoid doing the things that common households do.
July 13, 2016
Selecting the right plumbing company sounds easy. You just need to find the name of those registered to be legally operating to provide plumbing service, and they are good to go. However, it is not enough to take a look at their license. Having a license means that they are adhering to the standards of what plumbing service is all about. Beyond the license is all about reputation and experience. Below are some tips on what to look out for when you hire a plumbing company.
Reputation and longevity
Longevity pertains to how long the business has been operating in the industry. When they are operating that long, it would mean that there are testimonies made by customers who have already availed their service. You should also look for references from every company that you meet. It will help you talk to past clients as they have something to tell about what they have experienced with the company. Doing this will give you a clear idea whether or not the company is worth hiring for.
Employees vs. Subcontractors
Try to ask whether or not they are going to send out employees to your place that are working for their company or are they subcontracted to deal with plumbing jobs. The standards of the company, including its goals, often fail in trying to present what the company is because of the subcontractors. You should also be wary of the insurance and license of the company as the former may not cover the subcontractors or even the work that they do.
Valid and updated license
It is your responsibility to find how and what plumbing licenses in your neighborhood are. If they possess a license, which every plumbing company should, make sure that they are valid and updated.
Placed in writing
One of the failures that homeowners do is regarding about estimates. Estimates are given to clients or customers that are looking for potential plumbing companies that will handle the job to be given to them. The company will send in their plumbing team which will assess the whole area to see the extent of the damage and work they are going to do. Based on the assessment, it will affect the estimate that they will provide to their client. The client will then see whether the written estimate will work in their favor or that it is cost effective for them.
When it comes to this, make sure that the estimate is given to you personally, never through the phone. Some plumbing companies just provide their estimate through the phone, which is one giveaway that they may be trying to scam you of your money. When this happens to you, avoid the company at all costs and proceed to another one.
There must be a guarantee that all the work the plumbing company does, including parts, must be under warranty. Most plumbing companies do provide warranties that cover up all parts and another service for up to one year. If the plumbing company refuses or tells you that no such thing exists in their policy, look for another company.
It is already said before that references will help you get to the right company. For plumbers that have already been in the industry for many years, they are bound to provide you with references. References must not only about the positive side of the work. It should also include the negative side as well. Some plumbing companies tend only to provide references they know that will only give positive feedback, so avoid such things when it happens to you.