Plumbing Home Services for Water Heaters and Bathrooms

Plumbing home services for water heaters and bathrooms should only be entrusted to licensed expert plumbers. Doing self-troubleshooting for issues concerning these plumbing fixtures can be a safety and financial risk for the homeowner as only trained and licensed plumbing professionals have the proficiency to carry out repair, maintenance and installation work for water heaters, as well as bathroom plumbing fixtures. Find A Plumber Contractor

As one of the most used areas in a home, plumbing fixtures in the bathroom are bound to suffer wear and tear the most. (Photo Credits)

It is also best entrusted to heavily experienced plumbing professionals that offer end to end plumbing services that come with both insurance and warranty. Fly-by-night plumbing companies can offer service quotes that could be half the regular quote of a licensed company, but state licensure officials caution homeowners to be wary of these schemes. At the end of the day, it will always be worth it to hire a licensed professional plumber who is equipped with the right skills, safety training, and equipment to efficiently and safely carry out the plumbing repair, installation or maintenance task he has been commissioned to undertake.

According to home improvement website TheSpruce.com one of the most common hot water issues that occur in the home is inadequate hot water. In their article on home water heaters, they mentioned that this usually occurs and there are things a homeowners can do first to ensure that there really is an issue prior to calling for the services of a plumbing contractor.

 “If your water heater is producing hot water, but not enough of it, your unit could be too small to meet the household’s hot water demands. Make sure the demand does not exceed the capacity of the water heater. The water heater should have 75 percent of its capacity as hot water. For example, a 40-gallon water heater is properly sized for a demand of 30 gallons. If the demand is too great for the heater capacity, try to limit the length of showers and spread out dish-washing and laundry to different times of the day.”

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Common bathroom issues that should merit a call to the plumber, was meantime rounded up by a post published by Home and Gardening website DenGarden.com. One of those they discussed is clogged drains. Plumbing Wiki

“Clogged Bath or Shower Drain. As with slow draining bathroom sinks, bath and shower drains generally get blocked up by clogs of hair and soap. Clearing the blockage may require the use of a plunger, or a snake. Baking soda and vinegar can sometimes dissolve the clog too. The problem generally gets worse over time, if not dealt with. The problem can be prevented or minimized by buying a drain guard to catch the hair.”

The rest of the common plumbing issues can be found in the original write-up here.

Challenging as it may seem to carry out self-troubleshooting for these common problems, it will always be in the best interest of a homeowner to hire a pro. This so that the repair will be gotten right the first time, future inconveniences could be prevented, and further expenses can be avoided.

How to Hire a Trustworthy Expert Plumber for the Home

Most homes do not call a plumber until an issue occurs, but usually when this happens, the homeowner may be dilly dallying with the choices that she makes that usually the first plumber that can immediately come by becomes the contractor of choice. Background checks have already been thrown out the window, and cost quotations have already been disregarded so that the sewer back up or whatever plumbing emergency can be addressed ASAP. And while there are success stories in hiring the first plumber one can get hold of, some homeowners may not have the same luck. Some may be overpricing, some may have done a haphazard job, and some are plain unlicensed, fly-by-night plumbers.

Nice bathrooms must have very reliable plumbing system, and a plumber on call as well. (Photo Credits)

So how can a homeowner ensure that he has a reliable plumber to call when plumbing problems occur?

First, do not wait for emergencies to take place. Take time to ask for referrals from friends or family living in the same area for a plumber. They will most likely refer someone who has done a good job or has not overpriced his services. United Association

Another way is to make a shortlist of the list of plumbers listed within your area, ask for a cost quotation, and get hold of at least three quotes, and look for necessary background information on the plumbers in the short list. Check out their website, social media feedback, and request for past client references and verify accordingly.

Ask to see the ID as well, and their Contractors’ State License Board License, get the license number and verify it in the online CSLB ID check service. There, a consumer can also check whether there are pending complaints about the contractor.

Once this has been done, then keep the number for reference, or try out the service by asking the contractor to conduct a routine plumbing maintenance check.