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
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, gully’s 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
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 you money gaining access to the job.
5. Make use of your plumbers 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
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
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.