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.
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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.