If you have to hire a plumber to handle repairs or an emergency, you may be worried about the costs. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can get help with plumbing while saving money:
1. Try to Prevent Emergencies
Sometimes, you simply cannot foresee an emergency such as a burst pipe, but these types of services tend to cost most, especially if you need someone to come in on a weekend, evening or holiday. Basic plumbing maintenance and a few precautions can help you avoid some common emergency issues.
For example, during the winter, make sure your pipes are properly insulated and consider running your water just a drip at a time to prevent freezing the pipes. If your home is older, consider getting your pipes checked and replaced if needed.
A big problem with plumbing tends to be blockages, so be careful about what you flush down the toilet or pour down the sink. Always read the manuals which come with your fixtures and appliances so you understand how to care for them. Place drain gates over drains and clean them out regularly to prevent clogging.
2. Tackle DIY Projects
With a little reading, you may be able to install new fill valves in your toilet or even a new sink. Many of the fixtures and parts at your home hardware store come with instructions designed to make the process easy, and you may be able to get some advice from sales associates. Some hardware stores even offer free or low-cost workshops which show you how to fix various items around the house. Signing up for a plumbing workshop is never a bad idea.
3. Look Out for False Economies
Sometimes, DIY can end up costing you more. If you look at the instructions for a fixture or another part of your plumbing and you feel lost, it may be best left to the experts. Large projects are also best handled by the professionals, since installing pipes wrong can cost you in emergency repairs later. When in doubt, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse to speak to a licensed plumber.
In addition, when choosing plumbing services and fixtures, always look for quality. It may cost more initially to get better-quality pipes, parts or fixtures, but they can last longer and save you money in the process.
4. Call Multiple Plumbers
Look for quotes from Mr. Rooter Plumbing and others. If cost is a factor, mention that. Plumbers may be able to suggest multiple solutions at different price points or may be able to address your needs and your concerns. Comparing options and plumbers can help you find possible solutions.
5. Consider Different Companies
Different companies may have different price points for faucets, washers, showers and other fixtures. Always get estimates and do not assume one plumber has the lowest costs for everything. Also, consider purchasing fixtures and parts yourself in stores or online and having plumbers install them as needed. This can save you money if you know what parts you need.
The cost of plumbing may be less than you imagine. To find out for sure, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a job estimate or call us at 315-472-1203.