When you are facing plumbing problems, there are many things you can do on your own to fix them. For instance, you can dislodge disposal blades, remove hair from P-traps, and use Roto-Rooter products to keep pipes clean. However, not all jobs can be handled by amateurs. Do you know when it is time to hire a plumber? Furthermore, how do you know which plumber to hire? Follow these six guidelines when facing plumbing problems that might escalate beyond your DIY capabilities.
There are many plumbing tasks that do not require the skills and expertise of a professional plumber, even a low-cost plumber. Individuals with little or no plumbing experience can handle many of these chores on their own using resources freely available on the web. The Roto-Rooter website offers hundreds of videos, instructions, and tips for the do-it-yourself plumber from addressing plumbing problems to completing new plumbing projects such as installing toilets.
You can prevent many needs for a plumber by using various plumbing products. For example, Pipe Shield can help keep your pipes clean by coating the interior walls to prevent grime from accumulating on them. Outdoor plumbing also requires preventative maintenance, and a product like RootX can destroy tree roots that can cause leaks or damage to sewer lines.
Once you have reached the limits of your plumbing abilities, or even if you simply run out of time, hire a professional to come and help. When looking for a high-quality plumber, use the guidelines listed below.
Any plumbing company you hire should have a current license, issued either by your state of residence or your local county or city. There are online resources where you can check to find out if a plumbing company is licensed. Using an unlicensed plumber might cost less in the short term but it is risky, as they may not carry the necessary insurance or be able to obtain the proper permits required to do work.
To ensure you get a good plumber, check any references you can find. Following is a list of ideas for references:
Check online reviews from sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, Google or Facebook
Many plumbers are specialized in different areas of the plumbing business such:
In addition, their education, work experience, and licensing levels vary greatly. More experienced plumbers can charge more for their services When seeking a plumber, try to be as specific as possible regarding your needs so that the plumbing company can enlist the right plumber to help you.
It doesn't matter whether you've experienced a leaky toilet, a clogged kitchen sink, or a backed-up sewer line—Roto-Rooter knows how to handle it all. With more than eight decades of experience as one of the leading plumbing companies in North America, we guarantee our work and back up our estimates, every time.
If you find yourself in need of a 24-hour plumber, give us a call at 800-768-6911. We also can service your home for maintenance plumbing issues so you don't have as many emergency problems in the future. Call or book an appointment online.