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A few plumbing tips
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Though always get three estimates, they aren’t always “quotes” as such because sometimes until they start pulling radiators off walls or whatever it is they need to do, they don’t really always know the damage yet. So they should be called an estimate if it’s a professional plumber who knows what he’s doing.
They will often have a proper van, with their business name on it. Not just a blank canvas. Should have nice branded clothing, but not always. Should appear busy, a bit of dirt on their clothes when they’ve just come from a job to check your job out is fine. If they’re squeeky clean and come at 10am – why is that? Why hasn’t she got a job on today?
Most vans should have the basic stocks in them to repair taps and the likes. Small jobs should be easily done in a day.
Blocked toilets are a problem and the foul smell some of them give off can be harmful to your health. Some plumbers may do this, but you might need a specialist with the camera kit who can look from the drain outside to see what’s going on.
In colder times of the year, pipes freezing can be a swine. Make sure you have insulation around all water pipes when outside for sure, but even insulating pipes in a downstairs loo that perhaps doesn’t get much heat to the area would be wise too. It doesn’t cost much and can save a burst pipe plumber callout.