How To Talk To Your Plumber

It is never easy to open your home to a plumber or other repairman. Generally, when invited into your home, the plumber saves the day by fixing leaking pipes and clearing clogged drains, but many homeowners have no idea what magic they are working under the sink to solve the issue. As a consumer it can be difficult to converse with a plumber to provide relevant information or to ask questions to understand the issue at hand. Creating a dialogue with your plumber will help you to understand the issues that you’re having with your plumbing and may offer you insight into how to avoid these issues in the future.

Be Prepared for What Questions He May Ask:
When you call your plumber with an issue in your home, it may help you to have some idea of what he will ask you. The questions that a plumber poses will help him to determine the issue with your plumbing system, It will also help him to assess the best method to fix the problem. Some good information to be armed with when you call your plumber includes when the problem started, any descriptive information you can give about the fixture that is broken and what actions you’ve taken so far to correct the issue. Providing your plumber with this information can help him to fix your home’s plumbing problem more efficiently.

Be Prepared to Discuss Options:
Every homeowner wants to save money when it comes to unexpected problems in their home, and often this leads them to making decisions that may end up costing them more in the long run. Occasionally, when faced with the choice between replacing a broken fixture, or repairing the one currently in place, many homeowners will opt for the cheapest solution. Though this method may save you a few dollars in the short term, the piece of equipment you are trying to save may eventually malfunction again resulting in another costly phone call. When making the decision between replacement and repair, it is important to take a few moments and ask your plumber if the unit is worth saving before he starts adjusting it. Though the better option may not have the best current price tag, it will save you money in the long run.

Consider A Plumber’s Visit A Learning Experience:
When a plumber comes into your home, it may be a good idea to treat his visit as a mini education. Before he leaves you should have a good idea as to what caused the issue and what you can do to avoid similar problems in the future. Take a few moments to ask your plumber for any advice he may be able to offer. Knowing how to avoid a problem is the first step in solving it.