Experience counts when choosing a plumber
December 19, 2016
What to look for when choosing a plumber
We can find plenty of plumbing companies, contractors, and professionals in the market. Every company or contractor has its own experience level and reputation (good or bad). Some of them are very established in the industry, but still struggling to achieve the desired level of reputation. Some of the companies do not have years of experience but are still doing pretty good. In this situation, it becomes very difficult for residents and businesses to hire a reliable plumber, especially since this is one of those services that folks don’t need regularly so it’s hard to find a regular go-to company.
The rise in technology influences every industry in the business. Plumbing is not an exception. Recently introduced plumbing technologies such as digital inspection cameras, sensor systems, and ultra premium toilets have totally changed the outlook of modern plumbing as a profession. In coming few years, technology would be an important part of plumbing systems. Moreover, a plumber, unaware of latest plumbing technologies, would feel it difficult to survive in a competitive market.
An expert plumbing contractor can bring life to your home (or at the very least keep things flowing). Therefore, you should be careful while hiring a plumber for inspection, repair, installation, and replacement. Here are the top advantages of hiring an experienced and dependable plumbing company or professional according to Langley Plumbing :
1. Long-term solutions
It is not a pleasant experience to have a plumbing issue on a busy day. It can disturb your daily routine. Hiring a reputable plumbing contractor and using high-quality fixtures can keep your hoe or business out of trouble. Therefore, be wise while installing and designing a plumbing system for your premise. It is surely a long-term solution that would save your time and money.
2. Satisfactory completion of a project
An inexperienced plumber is unlikely to understand the more advanced plumbing issues in detail. This can cause complications in the long-term. Professionally trained plumbers are well aware of expected issues that can pop up at the time of installation or repair. Build a flawless water system to stay out of trouble.
3. Better customer care
There are professionals in the market who do care about their customers. Taking good care of customers is key to building a successful business. A reputed plumber knows how to deal with customers and how to earn their trust.
4. Environmental-friendly solutions
A good plumbing contractor always suggests and carries out environmental-friendly plumbing procedures which are crucial in saving residents and community from diseases. Unsafe processes, such as careless handling of drainage and obstructions, can be harmful to the environment. By hiring a considerate plumbing contractor you can save money, time and health of your family.
If there is a job that needs to be done right, it is the plumbing job. Plumbing ensures that we are comfortable when we are in our homes or in any other building. A plumber can work in various places including construction sites or architectural companies. As a plumber, you can open your own practice where you can work on contract.
You have to be physically fit in order to carry out plumbing work since it requires a great deal of strength. You should be flexible enough to work in different conditions, both indoors and outdoors. You will have to be flexible enough to attend to clients even during odd hours. You will most probably work long hours and weekend jobs are a norm.
These companies also render emergency plumbing services at short notices. In case, you ever encounter a plumbing emergency at odd hours, help is just a call away. These professional companies will not only fix the issue but also will offer a detailed report of what caused the problem and highlight the hidden elements, which most of us will not even observe.
Winter Plumbing Care and Maintenance
December 6, 2016
Thawing Frozen Pipes
The weather here today is resembling the arctic tundra. Seriously. It got me thinking about making some seasonal guides to plumbing care and maintenance. I’ll work on getting a comprehensive guide out for the future but in the meantime, I thought I would address a fairly common problem that really freaks people out – Frozen Pipes (cue dramatic music)
Frozen pipes, while scary sounding, are rarely a cause for concern – if handled properly it’s more of an inconvenience than anything else. Where you see problems arise with frozen pipes is when you have an already degraded section of pipe that can be blown out due to the expansion of water when it freezes or more commonly damage that can occur when folks try to thaw pipes out too aggressively – like with a blowtorch. So let’s deal with things one at a time; first what to do if you have a burst pipe – simply get the water shut off and assess where the pipe burst( you do know where your emergency shut off valves are right?) – typically it’s going to be outside or if you live somewhere really cold it could be in an unheated part of the home like a crawlspace . Next, determine if you can fix the leak yourself or if you need to call your friendly local plumber. These types of jobs, although serious, are actually really easy to fix and shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred bucks. If you have the right tools you can DIY. Prevention is always easier than repair – frozen pipes are easy to avoid if you shut off the water source going to your outside fixtures , just remember to leave the outside taps turned on that way if there is any expansion the water has somewhere to go.
How to thaw a frozen pipe.
Slow and steady is the name of the game here. The danger comes when people start taking a blowtorch to their plumbing – this is not smart. Every year you hear stories of a homeowner burning down their house because they were playing with fire (literally) . Pipes are pretty much always laid close to the structure – which is usually flammable, so fire is a no-no. Instead, use something like a hair dryer, and just take your time. It’s shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes or so depending on what type of pipes you have until you hear the water flowing again. Using a more gentle heating method can prevent steam blowouts. Think of it like this – if you have a pipe that is plugged at both ends with ice and apply a blowtorch to the middle you are going to create steam which can create pressure. This pressure will look for the weakest point of the pipe to escape, and if you’re unlucky that could be the point right in front of your face . Again, not good.
I hope to get a longer guide out that can provide some more direction to help with winter plumbing issues – in the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have a specific question.
Critical Areas for Home Renovation
November 1, 2016
Critical Areas for Home Renovation
Home renovations have become an important aspect of increasing the value of any home either for future sale or personal consideration and preferences. Homeowners are embarking on mini-renovation projects, adding customized touches to their spaces all in efforts to improve the current status of their home.
Conducting a house renovation is an excellent way of increasing property’s functionality, value, and beauty. By selecting the right remodeling projects, homeowners have a chance to transfer a significant portion of the expenses used to future owners in the form of increased property value. Historically, few projects have proven to enhance the value of any property significantly. These projects include things such as bathroom and kitchen upgrade, living room improvement landscaping and much more. These project areas have a high return on investment regardless of the property’s location or the nature of real estate market. However, there are common areas where homeowners need to renovate.
When it comes to bathroom renovations, there are myriad of possibilities. Whether it’s a master bathroom, hall bath or powder room, renovations can be a greater way of displaying individual’s personality and style. Bathroom renovation is a substantial investment which can help you recover a significant amount of cash when it is the time to sell. An updated bathroom increases property’s functionality, beauty, and value. Bathroom makeover has proved to be high return investment regardless of the location of the property or the nature of real estate market.
Real estate experts recommend that if there is one place you should give maximum attention when doing a home remodel is the kitchen. In the current era, the kitchen has turned into a multi-function room where apart from being a cooking place, it has become a formidable place for children to do their homework and for holding informal dinner parties. With such a list of things that take place in this room, many home buyers view the kitchen as the most crucial part of the house and can’t accept anything less than quality
Molds have currently been on the rise. Individual are becoming aware of the range of effect and symptoms that molds can predispose. This includes effects such as allergic reactions and bad smell. Molds can grow virtually on any organic substance as long as moisture and oxygen are present. When embarking on a remodeling course, homeowners need to seek services of a specialist who can rectify any deviations that accelerate mold formation. Professional remediators can use various techniques to eradicate molds such as vacuum cleaning designed to collect any moisture, wet cleaning and also the removal of damaged material.
Various pest and insects may infest different places in your home. This may include places such as stores or children rooms. To ascertain that your house is pest and insect free, homeowners need to conduct fumigation by either contacting specialists or by doing it themselves after receiving expert prescriptions on the various repellants or fumigants to use.
Electrician services are mandatory in any house remodeling. Fixing spoilt electric cables and adding a few elements that will relatively accommodate the changing modern technology is imperative. You may improve lighting by replacing low-efficiency LEDs with more bright LEDs. Despite the whole electrical fixing process being highly expensive, proper lighting will highlight the natural features of your house.
Update the old and rusty iron pipes. Professional plumbers will fix your water taps, bath tabs and also all the water piping system in your house. Back in the days, it was a big deal to fix spoilt pipes as it was considered relatively expensive to tear down a wall and repair the inbuilt pipes, but nowadays, re-piping can be done using basic plastic tubing that is highly reliable and can be run through the wall like an extension cord.
The outside of your house needs a makeover. Whether it is adding color to your planters all adding alternating plant patterns, maintaining a beautiful yard is paramount. You may decide to improve the landscape yourself or higher professional landscapers to help you upgrade your garden. A lovely front yard will make your home stand out.
is one essential element that needs not to be forgotten when refurbishing your home. Although you can do the painting yourself, it is always wise to consult a professional who can provide useful insights on the type of paint that suits each every part of the house.
It is explicitly clear that any home remodeling project requires expertise from various specialists such as landscapers, plumbers, electricians and many others. Many people focus renovations on their personal preference. However, homeowners should keep in mind the effects that their remodel will have on the resale value of their houses rather than enthusiastically personalizing every upgrade of their home.