Regulations and Safety Assurance Brought by a Plumbing Company

Customer service satisfaction is important and should be a given in any service-oriented environment or company. A Vancouver plumber who provides excellent service will be hired and called for to work on a future projects when the customer it is servicing had been satisfied with its performance. Testimonials and word-of-mouth advertisement from a satisfied customer is the best tool to use so that the company may acquire more clients and customers. Naturally, when you receive excellent service from a company, you will eventually recommend them to someone else like a friend or a relative.

This also serves true when hiring the service of a plumbing company to install all plumbing system needs of a house or a building. The plumbing system is not limited to only the installation of water pipes and the basic plumbing fixtures. It also includes water heating machines, the overall bathroom and kitchen installation including the sink, the tub and shower where you relax and comfort yourself in and the tank which holds up your water in place.

Other basic components of a plumbing service that a plumbing company must be able to provide are fixing of broken pipes, waste disposal units and its cleaning operation and clearing of blocked pipes. An established plumbing company Vancouver may also include heating and gas installations as part of their primary services. Every aspect of plumbing service is important as you enjoy the luxury and comfort of your home or office establishment.

Trustworthy plumbing companies and their services are bound to different laws and regulations specific to where it is located. This ensures safety and quality of service from all those who are performing such business. The industry needs to be regulated so that the government is assured that only licensed plumbing companies are operating in their area.

Other people may think that they can do the work of fixing their water system but you must remember that you are still under the same laws and regulations that these companies are bound. When you try to do it yourself, you may be putting yourself, your family and the entire building into more danger than when you hire an expert to do the work for you. This will eliminate the hassle and headache that you have to go through as you fix or repair whatever plumbing fixture that was broken or clogged up. Sacrificing that little amount of money for a service may not be worth it when you risk yourself trying to do something that you are not knowledgeable of.

Knowing When to Hire A Professional

Many money conscious homeowners are trying to find ways to attend to home maintenance and minor repairs on their own, rather than spending hard earned money to have the jobs done by a professional. Some jobs, for example, plumbing repairs, are best left to someone with training and experience to avoid costly mistakes. There are, however, plumbing tasks like unclogging drains, that can be do-it-yourself projects without disastrous results.

Clogged drains are a recurring and common problem. As a matter of fact, many plumbing businesses dedicate most of their time to clearing drains. With a little knowledge and some common household tools, a clogged drain can be cleared and expensive fees eliminated. Many drains in a home can become clogged. They include, but are not limited to tub drains, bathroom and kitchen sink drains, and garbage disposal drains.

Tub Drains, Usually a Simple Fix

Not surprising, many of the blocked tub drains are the result of an accumulation of hair at the stopper. Although the first inclination may be to grab the plunger, it will most likely be ineffective. The hair is wrapped in there tightly. The stopper needs to be taken out to allow you to access and remove the hair. Your first need to know which type of drain is in your tub. Most likely it will be the trip lever near the overflow plate or the lift and turn type located at the actual drain.

The trip lever stopper has a rod in the overflow pipe that is attached to the stopper. Sometimes, the stopper is actually inside the pipe while at other times the stopper is in the drain and worked by the connecting rod. Before you take your drain apart, try to pull the problem hair out using needle nosed pliers. Hopefully, that will end you problem.

If this is ineffective, you need to remove the stopper. Depending on its location, you may need to take off the overflow plate to remove the rod and stopper, or remove it from the tub drain. After you have cleaned off any hair and sludge, you can test the drain to be sure the water runs freely. Then simply put the pieces back together.

The lift and turn drain, also called the tip-toe drain, has a stopper connected to the drain which must be removed to clear the clog. Simply unscrewing the drain will get you nowhere; you must apply a little upward tension by slightly lifting it as you unscrew. Again, needle nose pliers will be effective for pulling out the offending hair and debris. Check your efforts and make sure everything drains correctly.

If these simple steps have not solved your clogged tub problem, you may want to consider a professional who can use a snake. This long tool fits in the drain and twists around, removing clogs beyond the reach of your pliers.

Bathroom Sinks

p trapWhen faced with a clog in your bathroom sink, or lavatory, you should first try using a plunger designed specifically for a sink drain. A sink plunger is a smaller version of a toilet plunger, with a domed rubber piece fastened to the end of a sturdy stick. When plunging, if you do not plug the overflow of the sink, you will not be able to create the necessary suction. Put a wet washcloth in the overflow to create a seal. Run water into the sink, place the plunger over the drain, and move it firmly up and down. Don’t be overzealous. Some lavatories have pipes constructed of plastic, and if their connections are not snug enough, they could pull apart with the pressure of the plunging.

If plunging fails, you will need to remove the p-trap (the section of pipe under the sink designed to catch things that may have fallen down the drain), the trip lever (connected to the small handle you pull to plug the drain), and the stopper itself. Put a bowl or bucket under your trap when you remove it, as there may be standing water. Be cautious if you have metal pipes- unlike plastic ones, they can become fragile over time and break easily. Clean out all areas, reassemble, and try your drain.

If these measures don’t solve your problem, contact a local plumbing company who handles drain cleaning. You have done everything a layman can do and can hire someone with a clear conscience.