Don’t Fall for These Common Misconceptions About Plumbers

We’re good at avoiding things, aren’t we? We put off going to the doctor because we’re afraid of bad news. We cancel our dentist appointments because we don’t like people touching the insides of our mouths. We put off important repairs because we don’t want to disturb the tranquility of our homes.

A lot of the time, people avoid things because they hold misconceptions. In my experience, I’ve found that people hold a lot of misconceptions about plumbing. So when there’s a problem at home, they avoid calling in the plumbers. They let the problem get worse or try to fix it themselves. Why?

Here are some misconceptions about plumbers I’ve found people to hold!

# Plumbing has extortionate pricing

Many people have the idea that a plumber is going to imaginatively “find some new problems” and back you into a corner for more money. Or that they’ll go ahead with fixes you didn’t request and foot you with the bill along with the fixes you actually requested. Or that they’ll end up charging more than what you initially thought.

Unfortunately, there are certainly people out there who have suffered this problem. In fact, people have had to deal with this kind of thing in all hard labor tasks, such as construction or car repairs. But the people doing this really are in the minority. The vast majority of plumbing companies will give you a quote upfront and stick to that price.

# Plumbers are going to take my property apart!

Some are afraid that calling in a plumber is going to cause more damage than repair it. I’m not quite sure what it is these people are imagining! Do they imagine that all plumbers carry sledgehammers that they’ll use to smash walls apart just so they can fix a minor leak?

Most plumbing work – even the most complex stuff – can be done without exposing the innards of your property. Even underground systems that stretch out from your house and into your garden or front lawn don’t always require floor or land removal to fix. Trenchless sewer repair, for example, is just one of the ways that plumbers can do hardcore work without a lot of mess.

# They’re only doing things I can do myself

When people imagine plumbers, they often imagine what seem to be simple tasks. A tweak with a wrench here, a replacement of a pipe there, that kind of thing. And they get to thinking: How hard can it be, really? Why call in a plumber when I can just search for some DIY instructions online?

I’m not one to tell you that you should never have a go at solving problems yourself. There are a lot of benefits to DIY. There may even be some minor problems that you could fix yourself. But the problem is that the piping system of your house is more complex than you may imagine. And if something does go wrong, you could be looking at extensive water damage. Or, worse, the meeting of water with electricity.

You should do an investigation, but only for the benefit of the plumber. Giving them as much information as you can when you call will help them bring the right tools. (Their vans aren’t bottomless pits of every tool imaginable, after all!) Try to keep it as hands-off as you can. Leave it to the experts!

Protect Your Home From Stressful Plumbing Issues

Plumbing issues can spring up with no notice at all, and cause all kinds of stress for you and your family. You not only have to go through the hassle of having it repaired, but may also have to live without running water for some time. No one likes having to deal with these issues, so why not take some steps to prevent it? Here are some things you can do to avoid common plumbing issues.

One of the most useful measures you can take is locating your stopcocks and making sure they keep in a good condition. If you ever get a bust pipe, then the first thing you have to do is turn of the water mains using stopcocks.

A lot of people have no idea where theirs are. As you can imagine, this can lead to a lot of panicked rushing to every nook and cranny in the house. Find yours, and spray it with release oil a couple of times a year. This will ensure they don’t seize up when you need them most.

You should make a point of repairing any split or damaged pipes in your home. If you’re not noticing any issues now, then you probably don’t have to worry. However, when winter rolls around, it’s certainly worth examining the plumbing in your home. If you’re in the middle of some cold weather, and you notice a tap isn’t working or a cistern isn’t filling, then it may be a frozen pipe in the roofing. Check your pipes closely. A dull, dark brown is a good sign. A bright copper streak could mean a split.

Make sure you’re regularly checking on the condition of your flanges as well. Is all this plumbing jargon getting a bit much? Flanges are all those areas on your pipes where they get slightly thicker. They’re used to cut off a pipeline, or connect two pieces together. With enough exposure to the elements, these will begin to rust and break down. In the worst cases, this can spring leaks. At the very least, it will reduce the overall lifespan of your plumbing system. Every year or so, have a professional get to work with a flange spreader, and check if any flanges need replacing.

Finally, make sure you deal with a blocked-up shower as soon as you notice it. It’s fairly natural for hair and other debris to get stuck down the plughole of a shower. You may notice that over time, it’s taken longer and longer for the shower tray or bath to drain. This will be the sign of some kind of blockage. If you ignore it for too long, it will eventually lead to the entire shower tray overflowing. This really isn’t something you need when you’re rushing to get to work! An easy way to clear something like this is by using a thin piece of metal, like a coat hanger. Bend the end into a hook, remove your trap if you have one, and poke around!

Does Your Home Really Have Selling Power?

A home is more than just the house we happen to live in. It’s more than a place for us and our family to feel warm, comfortable and safe. It’s more than the memories we build within its walls and faces. To take a cold, hard (and profitable) look at it, it’s an asset. It’s what we can use to build our own financial security and take a step up to the next level of comfort. But only if we work on it. We need to recognize what sells in a home and what we can do to improve it.

# Space

There’s no denying it. When it comes to selling a home, the absolute king in setting a price is the space you have in it. That’s one key to consider if you have a team of builders ready for your dream home. Economically, it could make more sense to keep more space than you immediately need. If you’re looking to add value through space, there are a few different methods, too. Conservatories and extensions can be a great addition, if you incorporate them well. Converting lofts and finishing basements both give extra square footage and let you list another room, which has value all its own.

# The exterior

A home needs to have more than just the attractive statistics to its name, of course. Providing that’s all well and good, you need to consider the wow factor. A home needs to impress its buyers, often it does that visually. Curb appeal is a huge part of making a home look more valuable and getting people to check it out in the first place. Don’t show off an overgrown garden, keep it unique and attractive. Similarly, put effort into having a warm, welcoming doorway. It can give that right cosy appeal that prospective buyers want to see.

# The interior

It’s not just the exterior that matters, however. There’s a bit of a rule that goes around with those in real estate. It goes like this: kitchens sell homes. Bathrooms are a close second. So how you decorate and present them can very much make an impact in how much selling power your home has. You want to emphasize light and space, making both look like they have as much as they can get of both. At the same time, avoid going too far into your own tastes. People can get put off by some silly things, even if it is changes they can easily make themselves.

# Pool or no pool?

It’s the big question in making a home more sell able. Does a pool in the garden add any value or not? In all honesty, it depends on where your home is. Pools are more than a luxury. They’re a significant cost when it comes to maintaining it. In some neighborhoods, that kind of expense isn’t all that considerable. In others, it may strike prospective buyers as too much of a bother. Do your research on your area to find out whether getting a pool is an investment or just a bit of fun for you.