In order to know which plumber would be the best choice for the job, you will need to know just a little bit about plumbing in general. Taking a few minutes to find out the information that will help you to make the best decision can save you a lot of time and money, not to mention frustration. There are a few things you can do yourself first, before calling a plumber in.
Keep the aerator clean in order to prevent sediment build-up which can cause low water pressure problems. In order to clean the aerator, dissemble the aerator and use a small brush and vinegar to clean it thoroughly. Then, rinse it, reassemble it, and attach it back on the faucet. Since the obstacles in the aerator have now been removed, this will help to increase the water pressure.
Turn on the taps of both the bathtub and the kitchen sink to check for mineral and calcium deposits. Low water volume may be a sign that deposits of minerals including calcium have built up and the pipes need to be replaced. For this you will need to call in a professional plumber.
Make sure that all of the exposed pipes are protected from freezing by adding a source of heat near the pipes. Covering the pipes with electrical tape, or placing small space heaters near them whenever the temperature drops below freezing can help to prevent the expensive consequences of frozen pipes.
You can help to preserve the blades of your garbage disposal by keeping the cold water running when you are using it. Use cold water rather than hot since hot water makes the grease more liquid and this can cause blockages. Adding a little dish washing detergent while running the cold water can help to clean the blades.
Regularly pour water down any drains in your house that are not used frequently. You can help to prevent odours from entering the house by doing this since the water will fill the trap. Use a plumber’s snake on any slow flowing drains to make sure that they are clear and able to drain water more quickly in case of a flood. Pour five litres of water through any unused drains in your home in order to keep them fully functional and in good repair.
Noises in your pipes are not necessarily a problem; it can be a natural occurrence. In fact, securing the pipes more securely to the walls will get rid of those noises. Replacing any nails with drywall screws will hold the pipes in place more securely.
Although it can be easy to be tempted to go with the plumber with the lowest price, it is very important to check references before you make a decision. Conduct some research to make sure that the plumber you are considering is reputable and reliable, with good feedback from previous customers.
Ask friends and family for recommendations like Heron Plumbing, and heed any warnings they may have of plumbing services they have used in the past. Taking the precautions to maintain and take care of your plumbing will help to reduce the number of times you will need a professional plumber. And when you do need one, make sure you do the research to check any North Shore plumbers are fully reliable and reputable with a good track record.