4 Services You Didn't Know Your Plumber Provided

You probably have an established mental image when it comes to plumbers. For many people, this image consists of limited experience and plenty of pop culture, and amounts to a not-quite-accurate depiction.

Unfortunately, this false image can prevent some homeowners from seeking the help of a professional plumber when they need it. Often this avoidance comes from the fact the homeowner just didn't know plumbers did the task they needed performed.

In this blog, we list four of the top services most homeowners (and maybe you yourself) didn't know your plumber provided.

1. Appliance Installation

You probably know where to buy a kitchen or bathroom appliance, but did you know you don't need the retailer to install it? Plumbers work with all appliances that connect to your water and septic systems, and most plumbers happily handle installation jobs.

Consider calling a plumber to install the following appliances:

  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Toilet
  • Washing machine
  • Water heater

When you need a new appliance installed that connects to your water system, no one's more qualified than your plumber.

2. Consult

At some point, you've probably thought about how you could make your home more efficient. But you probably didn't think to get your plumber's opinion.

Many plumbers also serve as energy and water usage consultants, especially those professionals who handle both plumbing and electrical work. You can take advantage of your plumber's expertise to:

  • Ask for recommendations to decrease water usage.
  • Receive a professional opinion on new, more efficient appliances.
  • Schedule an energy audit.

Your plumber may also have print or online resources to satisfy your curiosity and ensure you know how to best care for your plumbing system.

3. Education

When you have a question about your toilet, water heater or sink, you may run an Internet search. You probably don't rush to ask your plumber.

While it's true that you can find lots of useful information in your user manuals, through online resources and via other research avenues, you shouldn't underestimate what a valuable resource your plumber can be.

When you have a plumber service or install a new appliance, don't hesitate to ask questions. Many plumbers consider client education an important part of preventing future plumbing issues. Want to know exactly how a tankless water heater works? Talk to a plumber.

4. Leak Detection

If you're like most homeowners, you wait to call in an expert until you're absolutely certain you can't handle the situation yourself. In this case, your hesitation means your plumber sees more floods than leaky faucets.

But you needn't wait until you have a major leak that causes mould, structural integrity issues and staining. Instead, watch for the signs of a leak including:

·         Audible water noises

  • Continuous water metre movement
  • Higher water bills
  • Mould or mouldy odours
  • Puddles

After you notice these signs, call in a plumber to detect the leak's exact location and take care of it.

If you come across a situation that might fall under a plumber's purview, ask yourself 'does this issue affect my home's pipes?' Generally, if you answer 'yes', a plumber can at least give you the advice you need to begin addressing the problem.

Contact a plumber at the right time to decrease your water usage, prolong the life of your system and prevent future problems. The next time you have a water- or pipe-related problem (and before you consult with another professional who might not have the same qualifications), check with your plumber to see whether or not he or she handles those issues.

For more information about maintaining your home's plumbing system, creating a working relationship with your plumber and keeping your home more sustainable,  read our other blog posts.

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