With the aid of Roto-Rooter products and advice from our website, there are many plumbing problems that do-it-yourself plumbers can handle by themselves. However, some problems are more complicated and require the services of a good plumber. How do you know when you can fix the problems yourself or when you should call a plumber? Once you decide to call a plumber, how do you find a reliable one that won't be too expensive? Following is information that will help you find the answers to these questions.
When you want to do something yourself, you need to assess your skill level, find resources to help you figure out how to fix the problem, and determine whether or not you should do the work.
The first step is to assess your skill level against the plumbing repair that needs to be made. There are many chores that a person with no experience can handle, such as unjamming disposal blades or correctly plunging a toilet. Other jobs require a minimum level of skill. Evaluate the problem at hand and compare it against your skill and comfort level.
There are many resources that can teach individuals how to perform basic plumbing repairs. For example, you can learn how to clean hair out of a p-trap or how to check a sump pump. The Roto-Rooter website has hundreds of instructional videos, tips, advice and suggestions for those who wish to take care of basic plumbing problems.
If the job at hand is complex, amateur plumbers might be better off hiring a professional to do the work. More than one homeowner has tried to make a repair, botched the job and paid more money in the long-run to get it fixed.
If you decide to hire a plumber, the following information can help you find a high-quality plumber.
Hiring a plumber with a current license is probably the most important factor in choosing a company to use. Florida regulates the licensing requirements. Those who have a current license must meet minimum standards or they cannot receive a license.
There are two commonly used pricing structures: flat-rate and hourly rate. With a flat-rate structure, you pay a set amount for the job regardless of the length of time it takes to complete it. With an hourly structure, you pay by the hour. When you ask for a bid, make sure you understand the pricing structure. When comparing bids, make sure the companies have used the same structure; otherwise, you won't get an accurate comparison.
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