7 Money Saving Plumbing Tips
We are all looking for ways of save money. Especially in today’s economy, money, for some of us, is tight.
Prevent problems from appearing in the first place or from getting worse because of neglect. Some of the most common problems that a plumber gets called out to are as follows:
Problems with the hot water system
Many little problems can be prevented from turning into big problems by simple measures, for example, a dripping tap left unchecked will get worse and further damaged may be caused due to over tightening, necessitating the replacement of the tap and that is, most likely, going to be expensive. When you notice a tap dripping, act immediately by replacing the washer or cartridge yourself, it is an easy job that should only take you 20 minutes.
Check that your plug holes and waste outlets are clear of hair and solidified soap also check the “U” bends or traps under your sinks for potential blockages. Occasionally pour boiling water down your sinks and shower wastes not forgetting the washing machine trap. Look outside too for any weeds or leaves that may be blocking gutters, gullies and waste outlets.
2. Buy any parts yourself:
Buying the parts, yourself for any major works in your kitchen or bathroom could save you money. Most plumbers will be happy to work for labor charge only and will supply you a list of the materials needed for the job.
3. Use a qualified plumber:
Using a qualified reputable plumber could save you money in the long as you may have to get one should you employ a “cowboy” to repair a botched job. Get a few quotes and ask for hourly rate charges. You may be able to get recommendations from friends.
4. Save your plumber valuable plumbing time:
You don’t want to be paying your plumber to clear the area before they start work particularly if you are paying an hourly rate. Empty cupboards and make sure there is nothing that may cost the plumber time and your money gaining access to the job.
5. Make use of your plumber’s time:
Your plumber may charge a minimum call out time of, for example, 30 minutes. If he finishes the job in 10 minutes, he may as well fix that dripping tap in his remaining 20 minutes.
6. Don’t fall foul of the planning department:
If you are undertaking major works make sure you clear it with your planning department as permission may be required and you could land yourself with a fine, should you go ahead without permission.
7. Get quotes:
It will pay to get three written quotes particularly for major works. Carefully compare each quote as to what is included, so don’t immediately accept the cheapest. If possible, ask your plumbers for references from previous and recent jobs and follow them up.