Think of your appliances and fixtures as the vital organs that make the body of your house function. In this analogy, electrical lines are like your nervous system, and water lines are like your veins and arteries. Plumbing maintenance is one important step in keeping this “body” running smoothly. Below are five ways to minimize the costs of your plumbing in Los Angeles.
- Don’t Ignore Little Problems: Small drips, running toilets, clogged drains, and other little nuisances can turn into big, expensive problems over time. Addressing them as early as possible will save you money on your utility bills and prevent more serious water damage, flooding, burst pipes, broken appliances, etc.
- Make Sure Your Plumber Is Licensed: Since there is no national standard for plumbing licensing, it is important to find other ways to check your plumber’s credentials. The Better Business Bureau and local chamber of commerce registries are excellent resources.
- …And Experienced: Even if a plumber is technically licensed, this is not always a guarantee of good work. Look for companies that emphasize continuing training for their employees, and always ask for referrals of excellent plumbing work from friends, family, and local businesses.
- Pay Attention to the Weather: The most destructive plumbing fiascos tend to come from pipes that freeze and then flood the house. Keep outside faucets off during the winter, and allow any remaining water to drain out by disconnecting all hoses. Turn off your water altogether when you go on vacation, and consider having a neighbor check in a couple times.
- Figure Out a Reasonable Price Range: Until you find a plumber that you totally trust (and sometimes even after this point) it is a good idea to get at least three estimates for any major project. Any estimates that are more than a few hundred dollars higher than the others are unlikely to tempt you, but you should also be wary of estimates that are much lower. Dramatically cheaper estimates are much more likely to have additional fees tacked on to the final price tag of your plumbing in Los Angeles.
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