If you are looking to save money on plumbing repairs, you are not alone. Maintaining your home is an inevitable part of every homeowner’s responsibility. Even if you are very diligent at properly maintaining your house, eventually, something will break and you will need to fix or replace it. Household plumbing is included in this list of things that eventually breaks and when it happens, you will want to get the best possible deal for repairing the situation.
Wouldn’t it be much simpler and less expensive if you had basic plumbing skills and the tools to go along with any repair that may surface in your home? The next best thing is to keep up with preventative maintenance so that you don’t have to resort to calling an emergency plumber when the toilet clogs or when the kitchen sink won’t drain anymore. Since the most frequent plumber calls have something to do with clogged drains that create floods, it is only natural to make sure your drains and toilets are free of grease, hair, food scraps, children’s toys and towels.
In the kitchen, to avoid grease build up, don’t be pouring fat down the drain! Even better, go vegetarian and avoid the grease and oil from unhealthy foods…but I digress! Actually, if you regularly pour boiling water mixed with a degreaser down the drain, it will greatly improve your chances of keeping your drains clean. As for hair, you can buy an inexpensive trap that you can simply clean every so often.
Another category of preventative plumbing you can do at home is to install water saving fixtures in your home. Unless you have your own septic bed and well, water and sewage treatment can cost you dearly, especially in large cities. If you reduce your consumption of water, you will instantly save money. Many fixtures today are designed to save energy and money. All you need to do is to look out for these fixtures and install them or get them installed in your home.
Of course, if there is something in your home that really needs to be repaired and you are not sure how to go about it, it is definitely time to call a trusted plumber. To reduce your costs for plumbing work, ask for a quote ahead of time and try to be as flexible as possible as to when you want the repairs done. Many plumbers will negotiate if you are lenient as to when he can come and do the repairs. It doesn’t hurt to ask!