When you use something daily, it is bound to need maintenance and repairs to rectify all the wear and tear caused. This applies even to all the plumbing installations in your home or office. Each and every property needs plumbing services from time-to-time.
Sometimes, you even need to call a plumber in emergency if there is a sudden blockage or a bursting of a pipe and some other times, you need to call a plumber to conduct a regular inspection and maintenance work on the plumbing or for new installations. But, your work does not end after you call the plumber. Instead of sitting around and waiting for the plumber to arrive, you should prepare the site for the arrival of the plumber and ensure that the plumber does not face any discomfort while working on your plumbing.
If the place is well-prepped for the plumber, he can efficiently complete the needed work and charge you only for that, or else you will be charged for all the extra work the plumber has to do.
So, here is a prepping checklist for you that you need to refer to after calling the plumber and be ready for his arrival. The tips are extremely simple for any person to follow:
- A close inspection of every plumbing fixture: If you are calling a plumber for an emergency, it is obvious that you will be charged extra for emergency services. So, while you are already being charged, it would be better if you conducted a quick inspection of all the other plumbing fixtures to check for any need of repairs or maintenance. This will save you the emergency costs that you may have incurred if that minor problem would have escalated into a big one in future. This way you can save a lot of service charges. So, check all the pipes, faucets, and toilets before the plumber reaches your property.
- Ensure that you know the answers to most of the questions the plumber may have: Do not worry, the plumber would not ask you plumbing related questions. He would ask you questions related to the occurrence of the problem. You can anticipate questions like how the problem occurred, when it was first spotted, what temporary measures were taken by you to curb the leak, for how long you have been facing this problem, etc. These are the questions that every plumber asks on arrival to map the extent of the damage and determine its cause. The more information you have to offer, the easier it would be for the plumber to spot the flaw and rectify it.
- Clear the work area: If you have a burst pipe or a blocked sink, make sure that the area around it is cleared off to make it easy for the plumber to do his thing. If the work area is clustered, the plumber would find it uncomfortable to work around it. Ensure that you clear out all the contents below the sink and make the pipeline easily accessible for the plumber. The plumber charges you based on the time spent working in your property. So, the moment a plumber steps in, the clock starts ticking. So, if more time is spent in cleaning out the work area, the more time is spent and the more you are charged. This way, you save a lot of service charges if you prep the location before a plumber’s arrival.
All the above 3 tips help you reduce plumbing service charges and ease the task of the plumber up to a large extent. Many plumbing agencies even suggest you keep away your pets while the plumber is around as pets may be a hindrance to a plumber while her is working. So, be completely ready for the arrival of the plumber when he knocks on your door.