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Taking care with your plumbing and plumbers
If you have a water leak,
repairing taps, fixtures
and pipes can require
Make certain you hire a reputable
qualified, licensed and experienced
Make certain you hire a reputable
qualified, licensed and experi-
enced plumber with general and
public liability insurance as aside from
changing washers and taps, a registered
plumber must carry out all plumbing and
And remember while it seems reasonable
to hire a reputable licensed plumber with
the best hourly rate, it does not always
turn out favourably.
For basic plumbing services, such as leak
repair or installing new fittings or taps,
you could pay from $45 to $75 per hour,
plus parts if required.
For after hours, weekend or night calls,
you can expect to pay as much as $100
just for the call and then $75 per hour.
However, the best approach to saving
money on plumbing is to minimise the
need for a plumber at all.
The most common plumbing calls have to
do with clogged drains which lead to
flooding and there are a number of
products that allow you to reduce the
occurrence of this.
Buying your own fittings is another
effective way to save money on plumbing
Make sure the fittings are well designed,
your plumber recommends them and is
familiar with them.
Before you call your plumber, go through
your home and check every tap and
fitting, making a list of everything that
drips, runs, or is clogged. Then, when you
get the plumber out, have him take care of
all the problems at once, avoiding
additional trip charges, set-up time and
the hassle of scheduling multiple visits.
Keeping your pipes perfect
The average person doesn't
know too much about plumbing.
As most of us don't have plumbing degrees or
training, we rely on those who do to fix
problems when they arise.
Plumbers are an extra cost that in many of cases --
can be avoided. With a bit of knowledge, you can
keep your plumber visits to a minimum and keep
your plumbing in tip-top shape.
Here's a few handy tips that may come in useful.
Inspect and test toilets for leaks annually
Open and close all cutoff valves twice a year.
Keep toilet seat down when not in use.
Check inside edge of shower door track to make
sure there are no leaks.
Shut off all outside valves in winter when it's
Oil above-water parts in toilet tanks
Remove sediment on your water heater by
opening the drain twice a year.
Spray oil on valves that are not often used to
prevent them seizing up
Keep a reputable plumber's number handy.
If you're going away on holiday, turn off the hot
'Cold water on first, hot water off first'
Pour boiling water down the shower drain at least
once a month, coupled with a drain cleaning
Use a hair dryer to thaw frozen pipes.
Keep your warranty card with all appliances.
But with all these handy tips comes things that may
not be common sense or common knowledge that
need to be known for healthy pipes and plumbing.
Coffee grounds or waste down your sink.
Avoid having a shelf over your toilet. The more
products and knick-knacks you have in your
bathroom, the higher the chance of something
falling into the toilet bowl and causing a severe
Pouring hot water into your toilet could crack the
Put any mechanical cleaning device in your toilet
Throw disposable nappies in toilet.
Keep wastebaskets and any other items under the
sink and not behind the toilet as bumping the drain
pipes can cause leaks.
Don't throw sanitary pads in the toilet.
Never run the dishwasher if disposer is full of food
Don't use toilet tank lid for a shelf. As convenient
as it is to store toilet paper and spray on top of the
lid, it's not good for your toilet.
Let children play in bathroom with small toys.
Hang a shelf for heavy objects over a sink.
Plant trees or large shrubs over sewer lines.
Dig deep holes or trenches in your yard before
locating water, gas, and sewer lines.
Place cornhusks, artichokes, onion skins, celery, or
other high-fibre material in a disposer.
Pour fats or cooking oils into your sink.
Leave garden hoses attached to the hose bib in
Use open flames or torches to thaw frozen pipes.
Hire a plumber to do work without understanding
precisely what he plans to do.
Leave water turned on to hoses for washing
machines, dishwashers, and garden hoses when not
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