Unless you happen to be married to one, most people would like to minimize the amount of time they spend with a plumber. However, even if your ideal relationship with your plumber in Fort Worth is no relationship at all, chances are that you will need their help at some point. When water starts spewing, you will be glad you put in the effort to build a relationship of mutual trust and respect with an experienced plumber. Here are four tips to help prevent plumbing crises and keep those that do occur as painless as possible.
1. Mind Your Drains: One of the most common plumbing problems is also the simplest to avoid—clogged drains and backed-up pipes. In the kitchen, avoid letting large chunks of food—particularly anything very fibrous or greasy—go down the drain (exercising caution is wise, even if you have a garbage disposal). In the bathroom, use a drain strainer or hair snare to trap hairs. Better yet, take a moment to clear hair and soap with a paper towel.
2. Know How to Shut Off Your Water: It is always good to have an emergency action plan, and your plumbing is no exception to this rule. You should know where your water main is located and how to shut it off. If serious flooding is occurring, you cannot wait until an emergency plumber arrives without experiencing significant water damage.
3. Respect Your Plumber’s Professionalism: If your house is flooding, washing machine is broken, or you are experiencing any other kind of plumbing nightmare, you are likely to be a bit stressed and frazzled. However, this is not an excuse to ask the plumber to keep an eye on a child, move something heavy, or any other non-plumbing-related tasks.
4. Ask Questions: Your plumber will typically be happy to answer questions or perform other simple (plumbing-related) tasks after he or she has finished the project you paid for. A running dialogue will signal that you take your home’s plumbing maintenance more seriously, and you will benefit from the extra attention.
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