The leak from a pipe fitting that costs below one dollar can readily lead to thousands of dollars worth of water damage, mess up your household routine for weeks or months, and just knock your remodel schedule off balance. In short, hire a licensed, insured and bonded plumber when you encounter plumbing problems.
For day to day drips and clogs, you can save the fee you’d pay a plumber by doing the job yourself. But for anything beyond this kind, admit that you need a pro and hire one. Plumbing isn’t rocket science, but it needs expert knowledge anyway. Code requirements are but a tiny part of it; you must also master materials and how to use them right. For example, when working with PVC, you should know how hard you can crank on it before it breaks. Otherwise, a $10 repair can develop into a battery of problems.
Be ready for an emergency situation by starting a relationship with a plumber before need. If possible, get him to handle non-emergency repairs or installations during office hours. It’s easier to capture a plumber’s attention as a regular client and not as an anxious stranger demanding pipe repair at 12 midnight.
When selecting a plumber, ask for evidence of their license. In most states, plumbers have to be licensed, and they usually give a number you can call to check that the license is valid and has no active complaints against it. Any plumber you plan to hire should also have a current workers’ compensation policy and at least $500,000 in liability insurance.
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