Plan, Plan, Plan
Before you call a plumber, you should inspect your home. If you have to call a professional, there’s clearly something wrong, so look around and identify as best you can what needs fixing. Bring a checklist for all the drain sources in your home and check off all the toilets, showers, and sinks that are giving you trouble. This way, your plumber will know where to go the moment he or she steps into the house, which makes for a much easier job.
Something else you can do to make calling the plumber necessary less often is to treat your pipes for freezing. Frozen pipes can lead to bursting, water damage, and a host of expensive repairs, so it’s best for everyone involved if you just avoid the issue altogether. One of the best ways to do this is to heat your pipes directly. This can be done by warming the room in which your pipes are located, or by providing direct heating lines that run along them. These are very hard to install if you’re not an electrician with training in plumbing, though, so be careful or call a professional plumbing NYC expert if you go this route.
Another way to keep your pipes from freezing is to insulate them. This is a little easier to do than direct heating, and is extremely effective. Before winter, be sure to drain and disconnect any outdoor drains and faucets. This will help prevent freezing of stagnant water within them.
A final and obvious tip here is to heat the home. Yeah, you’d think anyone who’s anyone would heat their home to prevent freezing, but people forget how important it is. Keeping the whole space warm is the first step in preventing burst pipes due to ice, so keep that thermostat up.
Shop On Capacity
Most plumbers are very good at what they do – this much is fact. But, some aren’t so good at economics, and set their prices too high for their skill set. On the other hand, some are very good at economics, but very bad at plumbing, and reflect the segment of the market that makes the adage of “you get what you pay for” painfully relevant. This is why you can’t choose your plumber based entirely on what he or she is charging for hourly rate.
What you should do is find the best-reviewed plumbing services in your area and default to them. It’s difficult to do a good job, and people know this. When a plumber does what they were supposed to do the way their customers wanted, that customer will be vocal about it. This is why reviews are so useful – they allow you to select an NYC plumber based onskill rather than price, which is the right evaluative criterion if you want the job done right.
The best way to choose an NYC plumber is not to need one. Then you don’t even have to make a choice. And the best way not to need a plumber is not to have drain issues. The most common reasons for calls to plumbers are clogs and other blockages. Most of these are actually pretty easy to prevent. The first step is to buy a hair trap for your showers. This will prevent hair from gradually building up and clogging your shower drains. It’s also important to remember not to pour grease down your drains – this is a great way to get nasty, greasy, fatty residues coating your drains, which eventually grow large enough to severely impede water flow.
If you find yourself dealing with clogs like this, though, you might be able to treat it yourself. Pouring boiling water down the drain with a little bit of soap is a great way to get loose debris out of the drain and start to break down the stickier gunk. Obviously, drain cleaners are helpful, as well. Choose one that is basic, not acidic, as strong acids can react adversely with certain pipes (sulfuric drain cleaner and iron pipes is a terrible combination, for instance). Of course if you’re unable to fix the problems yourself, you can always call a professional NYC Plumber.