Five Costly Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid
From attempting ambitious DIY projects to hiring the wrong person to solve your plumbing problems, some plumbing mistakes can cost your business time and money. Here are five costly common plumbing mistakes to avoid and how you can avoid them.
Trying to Resolve Complex Plumbing Issues by Yourself:
Some plumbing issues can seem to be far easier to solve in theory. Unfortunately, in reality, issues from frozen pipes to leaks can be quite complex to resolve. This underestimation of the skills needed to resolve plumbing issues can lead some amateurs to attempt a repair by themselves, which can have costly results. Unless you have plumbing skills and experience, trying to resolve a complex issue is likely to be an ineffective strategy, and you are likely to end up causing additional problems. It is a far better idea to call a professional for a lasting and effective solution.
Choosing a Cheap Rate Plumber:
While cost is usually a factor in any purchasing decision, often a cheap rate plumber is not the best option for your plumbing needs. Choosing a plumber based solely on the price means that you risk sacrificing the standard of quality. Inexpensive plumbers are more likely to deliver low quality work which may not solve your problems or offer a long lasting solution. While the price may be a factor in your decision, you also need to consider experience, expertise, and quality. You may actually save money by having a high quality plumber solve the issue once, rather than needing to keep calling in low cost contractors to repeatedly attempt a quick fix.
Calling Any Old Plumber:
While there are some excellent plumbers out there who offer a wide range of services, if you have specialized needs or complicated plumbing problems, you need a specialist. If you have a very specialized commercial dishwasher that isn’t draining properly, you need someone with the knowledge, skills and experience to assist you. It is important that you choose an expert, who will be able to quickly diagnose the underlying problem and provide an effective solution.
Not Getting Recommendations:
The best plumbing experts are not only well trained and experienced, but are recommended by their satisfied customers. One of the best ways to gauge the quality of service offered is by checking into the plumber’s work history. If the plumber has a long list of happy previous customers, the chances are that you will also be satisfied with their services. These days, it has never been easier to find reviews and testimonials for businesses with a simple web search.
Not Servicing Your Plumbing Frequently:
When your plumbing is working properly, you may think that it is an unnecessary expense to have your plumbing serviced. This is not the case, as regular servicing could save you money as it can prevent many common issues and problems from occurring. Servicing provides the opportunity to detect and correct any underlying issues before they can develop into a problem. This can not only save you money on repairs, but save you stress and hassle in the long term.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solutions.