Dripping faucets; leaky toilets, leaking pipes? Water dripping from an outside spout? The best time to fix it is now! That's your hard earned money dripping away.
Check your faucets at home -- do any of them drip? Well, maybe it's just a small drip -- how much water can a little drip waste? True, a single drip won't waste much water. But think about each faucet in your home dripping a little bit all day long. What if every faucet in every home on your block ... in your town ... in your state also dripped? The drips would add up to a flood of water wasted down the drain.
There is no scientific definition of the volume of a faucet drip, but after measuring a number of kitchen and bathroom sink faucets, for our calculations below (numbers are rounded), we are going to use 1/4 milliliter (ml) as the volume of a faucet drip. So, by these drip estimates:
One gallon: 15,140 drips
One liter: 4,000 drips
Your tub and your sinks no longer drain properly: When you have a problem with just one sink or one tub not draining, you can usually attack it with drain clearing products or tools and the problem usually goes away. If you have more than one area that isn't draining properly, the problem is likely in the main line that runs under your house. The best thing to do is to contact a plumbing professional as they will save you time and money by locating the source of the blockage and clearing it away quickly.
Your toilet is blocked up or overflows: Which is probably why almost every household has a plunger and have purchased some type of drain clearing product over time. Assuming that you are having no success with these products, you can shut the water off to your toilet by turning the valve that is usually located inside the vanity in your bathroom or on the wall near the toilet. After you have shut the water off, it is a good idea to contact a professional and have them come out and clear the pipes for you.
Tips for getting a fair price:
Ask friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations. Word of mouth can be the best source for a reliable and reasonable plumber.
If you are using the phone book, don’t overlook small ads and single-line listings of local small companies. Remember that those large ads cost money. Small companies may not have the advertising budget because their prices are lower. Sometimes the local plumber can offer more reasonable prices simply because he doesn’t have to drive as far. After you call the well known larger plumbing companies, compare their prices with the smaller companies to establish a range of fair pricing.
Ask for an estimate over the phone. Phone estimates are not always possible, especially when you don’t know the exact source of the problem. For the more common repairs, however, you should be able to get the established prices over the phone. Asking for this is also a good way to gauge customer service. If they refuse to give you prices (or at least a range) or if they insist on an in-home estimate, they may be more focused on the sale than the customer. Look for strong customer service which can lead to a long relationship with a trustworthy plumber.
If they offer free in-home estimates, be sure to ask whether the estimate is free even if you don’t hire them. Sometimes these offers for free estimates have a catch. They are only free if you agree to let them do the work, otherwise, you will have to pay for the service call.
Consider the cost of doing it yourself but don’t forget to include your time and effort. If you have the time and you are looking to save some money you may opt for doing the work yourself. In that case you may still want to call around and get some estimates from plumbers to find out how much you’ll be saving. If you know what a plumber will charge, you can get a better idea of your true savings after adding up the cost of tools, material, and time.
Whatever your plumbing problem might be give us a call, and we'll happily send a plumbing professional to give you an estimate.