Building a House – #09 Underground Plumbing
What You Need To Know About Plumbing
We can safely say that the apparition of plumbing changed the world from a gathering of savages to what we know today, when it is enough to lift a tap in order to enjoy some beautifully clean water at a temperature we desire. If we think that in the past gravity was used for supplying cities with water, we can see that what we have today is truly advanced. We should enjoy it more and waste it less, since there are parts of the world where people still struggle and carry the water on their heads from many miles away.
Back to plumbing, not so very long ago, lead was the material used for the pipes that carried the water to our houses. New studies revealed lead is rather toxic for humans in certain conditions, therefore pipes started to be replaced with others, made from safer materials.
Pipes are connected with fittings such as valves, elbows, tees or unions, the threaded pipe joints being sealed, so that the water can’t leak outside the pipe system. There are a lot of plumbing fixtures that are sealed with thread seal tape, pipe dope or plumber’s putty.
Since a big part of the plumbing system hides behind the walls of the buildings, it is tricky for homeowners to perform repairs and maintenance by themselves. Another reason why a Fort Smith plumber is the most appropriate persons to help you fix those pipes whenever needed is that they have special tools that make it easy to handle and fit together the pipes and joints. No many common people have such tools in their homes, tools like flaring pliers, wrenches, dies, joining tools or soldering torches. Even if they did, handling some of these tools is dangerous and it should be done by specialists only. More modern plumbing tools include video cameras that can go inside pipes to the spot where the problem is, high pressure hydraulic pumps or hydro jets.
Sewage and water systems are quite complicated, therefore someone needs to know all their nuts and bolts when doing repair and maintenance works. Any leakage must be detected as early as possible and fixed immediately. There are two reasons for this. The first one is the destructive power of stale water. It can ruin walls, floors and carpets. Sometimes it can even destroy the main structure of a building. The second reason is that water supplies are scarce in so many parts of the world, that it would really be a shame to waste this precious natural resource by not fixing any breakage into the piping system as soon as possible. There are regions in the world where people still die from thirst, where there’s no sewage and where diseases spread like fire because of this.
In most parts of the civilized world, plumbing is regulated by governments. There are laws regarding the materials that can be used, there are plumbing and building codes plumbers and other workers must follow closely and some trades even require a special certification from the authorities, just for making sure they are aware of all these safety rules and regulations.
This is what makes it difficult sometimes to find a good plumber. You can’t just hire the first person that says he can fix your pipes. You need to check on this individual’s working certifications, you need to ask for references and perhaps get in touch with some of his former clients in order to see whether he is trustworthy and reliable and if he can do the job at the highest quality standards possible. Choosing a good plumber is a must if you want to have the peace of mind that you can call someone to help you no matter what type of plumbing incident may occur inside your home.
How To Avoid Unreliable Plumbers
We had to hire a plumber to fix a few things in our home and we wanted to find someone who has properly licensed, bonded and insured. We did not do any further research. A small flood occurred in our bathroom and we wanted to find a plumber as quickly as possible. We chose the first company we found after doing a quick search on the Internet. We made a huge mistake. We ended up overpaying for the repairs and actually had to call back the plumber because the toilet kept backing up after he fixed our plumbing system. We ended up spending more than we should have between the repairs, the finishes and the messy work. How can you avoid over paying for repairs and avoid receiving shoddy services? You should hire a plumber only after doing a lot of background research on them. Check reviews and ask them questions. Unless there is an emergency that requires repairs right away, always take the time to do research before hiring a plumber.
You are probably going to check the top results when you do a research for plumbers in your areas on the Internet. This is exactly how we found our plumber. However, we did not take the time to look for reviews written by clients on message boards or on business directories. This turned out to be a mistake. The plumber was not bad at his job and he actually managed to fix the problem that caused the flood. We ran into problem afterwards. He fixed only one problem but did not properly diagnose what was wrong. We had to have more work done, which lead to more expenses for us. He also left a mess behind and we had to clean up dust on the floor and wipe dirt on the sink. This is not a big problem but since we overpaid for the services, we should not have had to clean up afterwards.
If we had taken the time to check reviews on the plumber we hired, we would have found that other clients had the same problems we did. The plumber fixed the main problem and did what we asked him to but he did not take the time to properly diagnose the issue. I feel he was not the best plumber for the job.
We should have checked reviews and called different plumbing companies in the area to ask about their rates since we ended up overpaying. We called the first company that appeared in search results and hired them right away. The person I talked to on the phone was very polite and the website looked professional. We did not realize we were overpaying for the repairs since we did not compare quotes and did not realize we could have gotten a better price. The repairs were not ridiculously overpriced but the next plumber we hired told us we could have gotten a lower price by simply showing them a written quote from a competitor.
It is best to do some research and call to get quotes from different companies before hiring a plumber. The first plumber you call might seem professional and offer an interesting quote but it is still best to take the time to call other professionals and check reviews to make sure they have a good reputation. If you are dealing with an emergency, you might not have the time to do a lot of background research. Do a quick search on a plumbing company by looking up the name of this business on a search engine and check the results you see on the first page. You will probably see a few reviews and will find out whether or not the company has a good reputation.
In the end, the plumber we hired did a decent job since he fixed the main problem. However, if we had taken the time to check reviews and compare quotes, we would have found an even better plumbing company. If you can take the time to do some research, look for reviews and get quotes from different companies. This will help you save money and you will get quality service.