Letís face it - no one likes calling the plumber. Mainly because it means something has broken and started flooding (usually at 2am), or simply because they cost so much.
Well sadly I canít help you with your midnight hassles, however in this post you will discover 5 tips that will literally save you a fortune when you call the plumber.
And the best part - none of these tips require you to get your hands dirty and do any DIY work yourself (in fact I recommend against that heavily!)
1. Ensure their work space is clear
Imaging rocking up to work only to find that someone had covered your desk with junk, wouldnít it be frustrating? You bet it would, plus itíll take you ages to clear everything so you can find your computer and get working.
Well the same deal goes for plumbers. Only too often they arrive on site to find that the cupboard underneath the blocked sink is still full of 37 different cleaning products.
So to save on those hefty hourly feeís ensure that they have a clear work area. Whether its under the cupboard for blocked drains, or taking paintings off the wall for a leaky pipe. Every ten minutes they save is ten minutes you save!
2. Donít Cry Wolf
I understand that it can be frustrating that your kitchen sink doesnít drain or that the toilet wonít flush. However does it really need to be fixed after hours?
On average plumbers will double their fees for call-outs that are outside of ordinary business hours. So a little patience can save you a small fortune on your next repair.
3. Be Prepared
On top of the emergency that prompted the plumber to be called, every home has some small plumbing issue that never gets fixed until its too late.
Although it wonít save you anything in the short term, by being prepared with multiple small repairs and maintenance jobs for when your plumber comes youíll find yourself saving on multiple call-out feeís over the next few years.
4. Save Your Parts
Iíve got a confession to make...I like trying to fix things myself before calling a professional. However after an incident where I lost a very expensive part and had to pay two call-out fees Iíve learned the importance of keeping track of DIY jobs.
So if youíre going to give the work a shot on your own, make sure to save all of your parts in one safe area.
5. Become a Filmmaker
This last tip joins into #4. If youíre going to attempt your own DIY work, make sure you take heaps of photos and videos as you pull things apart.
Although most plumbing setups follow the same format, if youíre in an old house or have a unique part, the last thing you want is to be paying the plumber to fix your half done DIY work. So by keeping the photos youíll be able to show the commercial plumber exactly what you did when they get to site - potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.