Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Local Yakima Plumbers Vs. Franchise Plumbing Services – Which one’s better? Here’s the Verdict!

The last thing any homeowner would want to encounter is plumbing issues. Homeowners often undermine the importance of plumbing systems, which is why they might never consider maintaining it. Fortunately, there are several plumbing services out there that are waiting to serve, but not all of them are ideal for us.
When distinguishing between local and franchised based plumbing services, it could be easily understood that hiring a local plumber in Yakima is beneficial. Here’s how:

     1. Better Service with Single Ownership:
A significant aspect that divides local and franchise plumbing services apart is that local plumbing businesses are owned and run by one or two people who live in the local area. As their livelihood depends on the business, they will strive to deliver high quality service to their customers. If they fail to meet the demands or requirements of their customers, their business would fail one day. This is unlike chain based plumbing services that are mostly profit oriented with high overhead costs.
      2. Better Local Plumbing Knowledge:
One of the biggest benefits of hiring local Yakima plumbing services is their enriched knowledge about local plumbing systems. Apart from that, local plumbers are also committed to fulfilling the needs and requirements of local residents. Local businesses will do their best in knowing the area inside and out. Yes, franchise based companies will have local plumbers as well however, their interests are distinctly different. 

     3.  Local Economy Benefits:
Hiring a local professional plumber gives long term benefits for the local economy. If you hire local plumbers, the money you spent stays in the local community that will have a lasting positive impact towards the growth of the economy sooner or later. 
On the flip side, if you hire franchised based plumbing services, your money goes into corporate hands that hardly have any interest towards the uplifting of your community rather than popularizing their services in your area & enhancing their revenue and profits.

     4. Affordable Service:
Just because a plumbing business renders their services at premium rates, does not mean that they are of high quality. Certain money-minded chain based plumbing services try to charge you more, yet doesn’t always offer you a satisfactory service. However with enough research, you’d be able to discover a local plumbing service that will provide you a great service at affordable prices.

The Bottom Line:
From the above points, local Yakima plumbing service is the clear winner. People often hire nationwide plumbing services because of the popularity of their brand and the belief that they always offer top notch services. Nevertheless, hiring a local plumber in Yakima is the better choice due to their reliable services, affordable pricing, great knowledge on local plumbing systems and local economic benefits.
If you’re on the lookout for a dependable local plumbing service in Yakima, you can always deal with 24 Rooter of Yakima. Visit http://www.24rooter.com/  or call (509) 985-2407.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

5 Things You Should Expect From Professional Plumbers In Yakima, WA

  Hiring a plumber isn’t rocket science, provided you aren’t looking for one to fix a frozen pipe that burst at 4am in the morning. Rather than choosing the first plumber you find on Google, it makes sense to find one before you actually need him. You can call him for non emergency repairs at regular work hours to make sure he’s worthy of the 4am phone call. Before you choose, here are a few tips to remember:

  • A Professional Plumber is Licensed Bonded and Insured:

  Professional plumbers are insured under the Worker’s Compensation Act and carry liability insurance.  This protects you from paying compensation claims to the plumber and his staff during an injury. Liability insurance helps to claim for damages caused by the plumber during the plumbing repair. 

  • Most Plumbing Services are Guaranteed:

  While one level of guarantee is about completing a job within the stipulated time, the other is about a guarantee/warranty period on the work. Most reputable plumbers will offer a 1 year warranty on labor and parts. Be sure to ask if your plumber offers warranty on his work.

  • Emergency Services:

  Some plumbers include emergency work as a part of their job profile, but most plumbers only specialize in regular day time hours. It is nice to know that your plumber offers emergency services such as drain cleaning and shutting down your water system for after hours services. These services are usually limited and there is only so much that can be done to your plumbing after hours. Be sure to ask if your plumber offers emergency plumbing services and to which services are available after hours. In most cases, it may be well worth the wait to call during normal operating hours, as an after hour call can cost anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2X times the amount of a normal charge.

  • A Professional Plumber is Clear about the Charges:

  Ideally, professional plumbers are upfront about pricing and offer a rough estimate for ordinary plumbing services. This bill includes their service charge, (most charge an hourly rate) charges for parts and trip charges, however many plumbers are moving over to a new flat rate for a lot of of their plumbing services. A flat rate has proven help both the consumer and the contractor. And if you have called him on for emergency services, add extra charges for weekends and after-hours services. 

  • A Professional Plumber Cleans Up After Himself:

  Plumbing jobs may leave your place in a mess with old parts and empty boxes to be taken care of. Some plumbers charge you for cleanup services, while others do it for free. Check with the plumber to know about how much they’ll cleanup. 

Looking for a plumber isn’t different from finding other service professionals. Ask around and remember to ask the right questions. 

24 Rooter of Yakima is:

  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured
  • Guarantees all work with extended warranties
  • Provides Emergency Services
  • Upfront about prices and provides Free Estimates
  • Cleans up and hauls of f any and all garbage.
Call Today At: (509) 985-2407
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

How To Manage Common Plumbing Issues At Home

  • How To Manage Common Plumbing Issues At Home 

Even the most complacent home owner is likely to have a few handy tools to help with simple plumbing problems. Problems like unclogging a slow drain, replacing a worn out washer, and repairing leaky faucets can be done at home. If you are keen on DIY, here are a few basic issues you can solve on your own:

  • How to unblock/clean a bathroom drain:

A slow drain in the bathroom is often caused by hair. Attach a tub/shower strainer to prevent hair and other materials from clogging the drain. But if you do not have a strainer, clean the drain frequently.  To do so, use a straightened wire hanger with a hooked end and push it straight inside the drain. Gently pull out the hair using the hooked end. Do this a couple of time until the wire comes out clean, while ensuring that the hanger does not get stuck in the drain. Open the tub/shower to check if the water drains properly. If it does not, call the plumber for help.

  • How to clean limescale deposits from showers:

In areas with hard water, the shower head may get clogged over time with limescale deposits.  To remove these deposits, leave the shower head in a vinegar solution overnight, or tie a bag filled with vinegar over the shower head. Vinegar helps to dissolve the alkaline mineral deposits because it is a mild form of acid that neutralizes the scale deposites. Clean off residue if any. 

  • How to fix a dripping faucet:

  A dripping faucet not only increases your water bills, but also leaves ugly marks and yellow stains on the basin. A rubber/silicone washer prevents water from pushing through the pipe after you have turned off the tap. Over time, these washers wear off leaving you with a leaky faucet. If the leak is fairly new, you can replace the washer using special tools. To do so, turn off the water supply and remove the decorative cap placed over the handle. Now unscrew the handle and the packing nut and remove the valve stem (often times you will need to have a handle puller/remover) Now remove the washer. Next, use a flashlight to look inside the valve body. Make sure there isn't any broken bits of rubber inside there and also look at the valve seat (the seat is the round contact that the washer presses against) Inspect the seat to make sure it is perfectly smooth at its crown. If the seat is worn, you will need to remove it with a seat remover.  To make sure that you replace the washer correctly, take the valve stem (and the seat if necessary) to a hardware store to find the proper washer size (there are several different sizes) Replace the washer. To reassemble, be sure to turn the stem to the open position before you insert the stem. After tightening the stem, be sure to tighten the packing nut slightly. Temporarily put the handle on the stem to check the tightness of the  turnability (there should be some slight tension, if not, tighten the packing nut until there is tension) Reassemble everything and test your valve.
  This is one example of a common faucet fixture valve. There are hundreds of different faucet valve designs and each one is unique and requires different procedures to make a repair to a leak.

  These are simple procedures that can be done at home. But the trick is to know your limits and work accordingly. If you get stuck on a do it yourself project and you aren't sure what to do next, that is a good time to call a local plumber to ask a few questions before proceeding and possibly creating more damage that could potentially cost you a lot more money by making a costly mistake.
 At 24 Rooter of Yakima, our plumbers love helping people and we like to help people make informed decisions when it comes to their plumbing issues. It is always a good idea to call a local plumber before taking on a DIY plumbing project. We're here to help.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

5 Common Mistakes That Most DIY Plumbers Make

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 As professional Yakima WA plumbers, we understand your enthusiasm for DIY plumbing. In fact, minor repairs like replacing a faucet, unclogging a pipe, replacing broken toilet levers, etc can be done without professional help. The problem starts when you become over enthusiastic about getting things done by yourselves. It’s good if you are keen on accepting challenges, but make sure you avoid these common mistakes:

  • Joining mismatched materials:

 When different metals come in contact (in the presence of an electrolyte), one of the metals corrodes quickly- this is basic chemistry. In your Do-It-Yourself enthusiasm, it is quite possible that you may forget this. Corrosion makes your pipe brittle and prone to breakage. Use the same metal if you can, or, consider using dielectric unions that acts as a barrier between the two materials. Joining 2 separate metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) is fine, but a combination of a metals with a dissimilar metal in-between the 2 is a bad idea as it will cause premature corrosion to your plumbing pipes.

  • Doing things in a hurry:

 What may seem as an easy 5 minute job can become ugly if you aren’t focused or rushing through things. Common mistakes like forgetting to shut off the water valve, over tightening (and not tightening it enough) plumbing components, etc. are common consequences of things that go wrong when you are in a hurry.

  • Leaving things midway because it seems good enough to go:

 It is alright to fix things temporarily until the plumber comes. The problem starts when you forget to call your local plumber, or when you forget that yours was a temporary arrangement. Using glue to fix leaky pipes is a common example. 

  • Ignoring the local plumbing codes and standards:

 The plumbing codes are there for a reason. They help to make your life easy. A botched up DIY job can leave you with problems that cannot be managed by a plumber. Severe water leakage can cause structural damage and cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Since you have contributed to the problem, insurance companies will refuse to bail you out. And at the end of it all, you’ll be fined for working without the proper permits when required.

  • Dismantling things and forgetting how to place them back:

 This is a far more common issue we encounter in our local Yakima community than you think and it  especially occurs when you are in a hurry. If you have to disassemble a component, make sure you take pictures while doing it, or make a note of the process. Also, keep the instruction manual handy for reference. 
 We’re happy that you like to help yourself, but remember, a little learning can be a dangerous thing. And remember, you can always call a local plumber beforehand to get a little advice or in our case at 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima we may be able to come take a quick look at your plumbing endeavor before you start and give you some free advice.

Call  24 Rooter at: (509) 985-2407 
We Can Walk You Through Your Plumbing or Drain Repair.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DIY or Professional Plumber - Whom To Hire?

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  • From fixing leaky faucets to patching holes in a dry wall, ‘the smart home owner’ is expected to know how to fix repairs in the house. While we’re alright with (and even encourage) DIY enthusiasts tackling minor issues, some things that are best left to professional care. Here’s a quick comparison to help you consider whether you should hire a professional or opt to do it yourself:

  • DIY 
  • Minor DIY projects like installing new faucets, fixing broken toilet levers, unclogging drains, etc. are fairly simple- you don’t need a professional plumber for these tasks. Since labor charges form a major component of plumbing budgets, it helps to learn how to fix small clogs and leaks. You will have to spend money on materials and equipment, but the cost of these would still be less than what you pay a professional plumber. And if you are the ‘smart home owner’, we discussed earlier, you would surely have basic plumbing tools like pliers, cutters and wrench readily available.  

  • Calling a Professional:
  • An overenthusiastic DIY-er is likely to add to the problem rather than solve it. Indeed, as most professional plumbers would concur, some common plumbing problems are a result of botched up DIY efforts. Professional plumbers are aware of the latest codes and standards, have access to the best equipment and techniques, and have the necessary experience to carry out complex jobs. They can help you detect leaks/mold otherwise not visible to the naked eye. Typical jobs that are best left to professional care include repairing water heaters, replacing toilet hardware, repairing internal plumbing issues, cleaning or repairing sewer line and drain problems, and much more

  • When To Call A Professional Plumber:
  • If you are a DIY enthusiast, here are a few tips to remember:
  • A botched up DIY job may cost you more than what you would pay for the services of a professional plumber- assess if the project is within your skill range. 
  • Make sure you know the basics of plumbing. It is important to know how to shut the main water off, information about the different tools, and understanding how your plumbing system at home works.
  • Keep the instruction manual handy or make a note when you take things apart. We’ve lost count of the phone calls from enthusiastic DIY'ers who have taken apart fixtures, but are unable to fix them back. 

Contact us Today - For any of your plumbing and drain issues.
Our Yakima Plumbers are ready to help.
24 Rooter of Yakima
(509) 985-2407

Friday, March 4, 2016

IT'S BACK! The $25 OFF Coupon that never expires.

Call Today (509) 985-2407
For a limited time only we are recirculating the "Never Ending" Yakima plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning coupon.

Save a copy of this plumbing coupon to your mobile phone and present it at time of service to the technician. Our plumbers will be happy to honor your coupon.

This coupon never expires. However, it won't be in circulation very long. We usually run these promotions for about 30 days and then it is removed. So take advantage now by downloading to your phone and feel free to share with friends and family.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maintenance Free Water Softening & Conditioning | 24 Rooter of Yakima

New Yakima Plumbing Services Available

24 Rooter of Yakima is excited to now offer state of the art maintenance free water treatment for your plumbing and on-site testing of your current water condition.

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Electronic Descaling Device installed in a Yakima, WA basement.

  Clean drinking water seems to be a topic of great concern as of lately. Luckily there are several options that you can choose from to sustain your plumbing system and drinking water. 24 Rooter of Yakima is rolling out new services this year to help you get the most bang for your buck. 

  We have been providing maintenance free water conditioning services for 18 months now to a select few customers to really "test the waters". As soon as this plumbing technology became available to the market, it peaked our interests. We wanted to wait a while to get some feedback from our initial trial customers and the results have been better than anticipated.
  Even the worse case of hard water deposits in our clients plumbing fixtures have been greatly improved with these new water softeners. The more buildup of hard water there is, the longer it takes to dissolve the deposits. That same scenario goes wether you install a traditional salt system or a much more cost effective maintenance free system.

  At 24 Rooter of Yakima we only provide water quality control through the use of the ScaleBlaster Electronic Water Descaling System.

WHY? It is simply the most environmentally and economically friendly solution for your Yakima plumbing system.

What is Maintenance Free Water Conditioning and how does it help restore your plumbing?

Watch the video below to learn how it works.