At some point in time every homeowner will require the services of a professional plumber or drain cleaning company. Whether they have a clogged drain or their Phoenix water heater is broken, hiring a plumber with the proper skill set to complete the job professionally is always a good idea.
In the midst of these bad economic times we've seen many people try to fix complicated plumbing problems themselves. Unfortunately, this often ends up costing them more money at the end of the day. Should you decide to choose the alternate route and hire a plumber instead of doing it yourself there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Some basic research on the problem being experienced and the potential Phoenix plumbing companies or Phoenix drain cleaning companies that are available for hire should be performed. Check their BBB score and other reviews in general. Call some companies and see how their office staff speaks to you, if they are courteous and professional, it’s probably a company culture. Ultimately though, in situations involving broken pipes, water leaks, clogged drains, and discolored water, you may have some basic investigating to do before you actually call a plumber. (Assuming it is not an emergency situation, of course.)
Sometimes basic drain clogs and blockages of drains and sinks may be cleared out fairly easily without calling a plumber, it's a good policy to never attempt to correct an issue unless you feel 100% confident in your ability to fix the problem.
Basic Tips for Keeping drains clear on your own:
- Prevent clogged drains from the start. Don’t put grease or starchy items down your drain (potato peels, greasy foods, etc). Even if it goes past the garbage disposal it can glue together inside the pipes and stop water flow.
- Try a plunger – fill your sink up with a few inches of water and then use your plunger to try and dislodge the blockage
- If the plunger doesn't unclog the blockage, you may find it in your interest to try using an over the counter liquid drain clog product such as Drano or Liquid Plumber. As professional plumbers however, we don’t recommend this because those products tend to destroy pipes which can lead to costly repiping of your house lines.
- If the previous methods don't unclog your drain, the pipes under your sink will need to be taken apart. At this point we would suggest calling a professional plumber or a drain cleaning company, as the skill level requires unscrewing, sealing and caulking the pipe joints.
Most household leaks, if not tended to promptly, can lead to serious damage inside a home. Leaking water can cause unhealthy mold growth and significantly damage the surrounding structure among many other things. Depending on the location of the leak, you may need to tear down walls or ceiling. Experienced plumbers and drain cleaning services are best suited to handle any pipe leakage, most times the water will need to be shut off immediately and new plumbing will also need to be installed. Another good reason to call a plumber is the likelihood of encountering dangerous electrical wiring.
Hiring an experienced, licensed and bonded plumber like Valleywide Plumbing will result in a lower overall cost to you because in most cases the job will be finished correctly the first time. While the price you pay to do it yourself will in most cases be lower, the long term cost, on the other hand, will most likely be higher.
There is a difference between price and cost. You pay the price just once. But what you buy will cost you for the rest of the product's lifetime. If you pay less money up front by doing your own repair only to discover a few months later that the repair is faulty then you've ended up with a greater cost than if you had hired a professional to begin with. When you buy the guaranteed services of a reputable plumbing company you've improved the odds of the product's lifetime being much longer and thus reduced the overall cost to you. A good Phoenix plumbing company or sewer and drain cleaning service will respond immediately. This is especially important in the case of an emergency because often times each additional minute equates to additional cost in repairs due to water or other damage. The last thing you want is to incur thousands of dollars in unnecessary damages.