You asked, and we answered! People understandably have many questions about their home’s plumbing, and we are here to help!
These are the top 10 questions and answers from our plumbers:
1. What causes low water pressure?
A variety of issues, including a clogged or blocked water line, a damaged water line, a faulty pressure regulator, a broken water pump, or a problem with the municipal water supply, can cause low water pressure.
2. What are the most common plumbing problems?
Common plumbing problems include clogged drains, leaking pipes, low water pressure, blocked toilets, and (constantly) running toilets.
3. How do I know when to call a plumber?
It’s important to call a plumber as soon as you notice any signs of a plumbing issue. Signs of plumbing problems include gurgling noises in the pipes, slow drains, water backing up in the shower or sink, and wet spots on the walls or floors. It’s also important to call a plumber if you notice any signs of water damage, such as mold or mildew, or if you’re not sure of the cause of the plumbing issue.
4. What tools do plumbers use?
Plumbers use a variety of tools to repair and install plumbing systems. Common tools include wrenches, pliers, pipe cutters, threaders, augers, drain snakes, and pipe wrenches. Plumbers also use specialized tools for specific tasks, such as a pipe bender for bending pipes or a drain auger for clearing clogs.
5. How long does it take for a plumber to finish a job?
The length of time it takes for a plumber to finish a job depends on the complexity of the job and the number of tasks that need to be completed. Some simple jobs, such as unclogging a drain, can be done in just a few minutes. More complex jobs, such as replacing a water heater, can take several hours.
6. What safety measures do plumbers take?
Safety is a top priority for plumbers. Plumbers use personal protective equipment, such as goggles and gloves, to protect themselves from potential hazards. They also take precautions when working around electricity, such as turning off the power before they start working. Plumbers also use safety ladders and scaffolding when necessary. But, we USUALLY would not wear a hard hat the way you see in many stock photos. Ha!
7. How do you go about diagnosing the issue?
To diagnose a plumbing issue, a plumber typically begins by reviewing the complaint and conducting a visual inspection of the affected area. They may also use tools such as cameras, leak detectors, and pressure gauges to gather information about the issue. Based on the information gathered, the plumber will determine the cause of the issue, and develop a plan to repair it.
8. How much does it cost to hire a plumber?
Most plumbers charge an hourly rate, with some charging a flat fee for a specific job. It’s important to ask your plumber what their rate is before they begin any work. It’s also important to discuss any additional fees that may be added, such as a trip charge or a fee for additional parts or materials. Luckily, Ballard always offers various discounts to decrease our price as much as possible!
9. What type of insurance do plumbers have?
Most plumbers carry liability insurance to protect them in case of property damage or personal injury caused by their work. Plumbers may also carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover medical expenses and lost wages in case of an injury while on the job.
10. What are the benefits of hiring a professional plumber?
Hiring a professional plumber has a number of benefits. A professional plumber has the knowledge and experience to properly diagnose and fix plumbing issues. They can also help prevent future plumbing problems by performing maintenance and inspections. Professional plumbers also use the appropriate tools and techniques to ensure the job is done correctly.