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Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing is Tinley Park, Orland Park, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Orland Hill, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Crestwood, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn, local plumber. Read our blog for advice, tips, a good laugh, and basic home improvement.

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Post Flood Management and Repair of Your HVAC System

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Post Flood Management and Repair of Your HVAC System

After a terrible storm, the first thing on anyone’s mind is post-flood management and repairing your HVAC system. After a flood, there’s a lot of work that goes into making a home safe and habitable again. Your HVAC system can be loaded with bacteria and microorganisms which are carried in the flood water. Particularly, the HAV system requires either total replacement or major remediation so that the air in the home is pure again and healthy to breathe.   

Water and electricity are not a good combination. If simply stated, your heating and cooling system was not designed to operate in or under water. Flooding either due to excessive rainfall or hurricanes can cause varying degrees of damage to the HVAC system.

So, What Happens To Your HVAC System Post Flood?

During the flood, if the unit was running, then there might be some damage to the electrical components. There’s a chance that the fuse and the wiring may have malfunctioned when it came in contact with water.

Typically, floodwater is made up of debris, grime, and dirt. If this ‘dirty’ water if left unprotected and comes in contact with the condenser coil, then the efficiency level of the equipment reduces. Also, this can also result in premature failure.

The floods cause water damage to natural gas furnaces. It may lead to corrosion which usually begins inside the controls, electrical components, and valves. The outcome of this type of damage is long-term reliability problems.

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So, Should I start my HVAC system after a flood?

After the water is drained, your HVAC system might look the same as before the flood, but there may be serious issues and concerns that you might not have noticed. The system is also prone to the production of microorganisms, bacteria which settles in the fans, ductwork and other parts of your HVAC system.

The impact of the flood on the system might be unknown, so it’s best to wait until a qualified HVAC technician performs a full inspection.

Your First Steps

If your home was flooded, the first thing you should do is to have a licensed electrician or qualified emergency responder declare the home to be safe. The major problem is of electrocution associated with standing water.

If you want to clean right away, mark the high water line on your furnace and air conditioner. It will help the technician to assess which components were submerged quickly.

There are some serious health hazards involved, and that’s why AHRI and CDC insist that all the work should be undertaken by HVAC professionals who are trained and possess a license.

-          Suppose the HVAC and the air duct units don’t need replacing, ensure you remove and dispose the flooded insulation along with any HVAC filters that are part of the HVAC system.

-          According to the CDC, the system needs to be completely disinfected and cleaned. The remaining dirt and debris need to be vacuumed out of the unit and air ducts using special vacuums.

-          After the debris is cleared, the surface needs to be wiped down with disinfectant to ensure that any remaining microorganisms are killed. To do so, it would require the ductwork to be completely taken apart, cleaned, disinfected and then to be put back together.

-          Trained professionals are hired to make sure that the cleaning is done in a manner such that the system doesn’t get re-contaminated. It’s best to hire hvac contractor in jacksonville for a thorough job.

-          After disinfecting the system, all parts need to be rinsed with clean water. Even the fan. It needs to be taken out and thoroughly disinfected, cleaned, dried out and tested to ensure it runs well before you fix it back in place.  

-          Phew, lastly, once the system’s cleaning and rebuilding id one, insulation and filters need to be replaced. The system should be examined by a trained professional.

During this season, the system needs to arrive at the desired temperature. By checking the odor and air quality, you can tell if the system is following the indoor air-quality standard. If there is any persistent issue, you need to re-inspect the HVAC system and get it properly cleaned and flushed to a point such that the air quality improves.  

Insurance

Restoring your home’s HVAC system after flooding can be a bit much on your wallet. But if you have home insurance which has natural disaster policy, it may pay for the restoration of your home’s HVAC.

In conclusion

Although we hope you never have to experience a flood, in the event you do, make sure you immediately reach out to trained and licensed HVAC technicians.  If flood water contaminates your HVAC system, pick up your phone and call a licensed HVAC technician to restore and repair it the right way. After all, your family’s health depends on it!   

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Get A Living Room Of Your Dreams

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Get A Living Room Of Your Dreams

Living room is a place where people spend most of their time at home. You relax in front of TV, chat with your family, entertain guests and make precious memories. Therefore, renovating it can look like a big challenge to you and it can easily go awry if you don’t have a plan.

Define budget

Once you start with renovation, it can easily happen that you’ll need more money than you planned to spend. Sometimes, construction work in your home will lead to unexpected expenses. For example, if you want to tear down a wall, you have to consider a possibility of electrical or plumbing problems. Therefore, you should also create a contingency budget, so that you are be able to deal with all the unforeseen issues that may arise when you are already in the middle of renovation.

Paint the walls

The fastest way to give your living room a brand new look is to get some paint on the walls. However, who says that you have to paint the entire room? Why not create a focal wall with a splash of different color? If you have dado rails in your living room, use darker shade of a certain color below it and lighter one above the rail. In case you want to get the same visual effect, but don’t have dado rails, make a line with a painter’s tape. You can even play with a shape of line and create your own two-tone wall!

Rearrange the furniture

Living room may have all the necessary elements, but still you yearn for some changes. That can be easily remedied if you decide to change a layout by moving your furniture around. Move that bulky closet away from your window so it doesn’t hide half of it. Let the sunshine in! Turn your beautiful leather lounge suites toward television so you can watch your favorite series in a comfortable position. Put a desk by a window so you can get enough daylight while you are sitting behind it and helping your kids with homework.

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Decorate with style

Decorations are a beautiful thing, but if you bring too much of them, your living room will look tacky. Therefore, add a touch of elegance with a few carefully chosen accessories. A floor lamp will bring more light and create a calming, relaxed atmosphere with its warm glow. Put family photos or art-posters on the walls and you can be sure that they will always bring a smile on your face whenever you glance at them.

A touch of nature

If you want to brighten up your living room even more, then it’s time to bring in some houseplants. Believe it or not, there are some plants that can reduce stress levels and purify the air that you breathe while you are relaxing in your living room. Peace lilies, snake plants, philodendron and bamboo palm are only a few of plants that will do wonders in your living room. The best thing about them is that they don’t need much attention and maintaining them is a piece of cake.

A little exhibition

All people love to collect various things in certain parts of their lives. Sadly, most of those things end up in a store room or a basement. Bring them out right now! Choose one corner in your living room and make your personal little exhibition! Place a charming, old, leather suitcase on the floor and put your collection of cowboy-boots on it. Put a little bookshelf or a table in that corner and display all those cute teddy bears and other stuffed toys on it.

Your living room can get a brand new look without you spending a fortune. Some clever ideas combined with a bit of creativity will make your living room from dreams become a reality!

 Guest Contributor, Diana Smith

Factors To Be Taken Into Consideration When Hiring A Plumber

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Factors to Be Taken into Consideration When Hiring a Plumber

A plumber is a serviceman who ensures the maintenance and initializing of the sewer, drainage and portable drinking water system. Plumbers are a very important part of the service force for our household. We must always hire the best plumber for our house. In case of any plumbing emergencies it is very important that we get the best facility for our house. if we fail to get the same, it might result into high priced repairs in the near future. Therefore, there are a few important factors that need to be taken into consideration when we are to hire a plumber. Here is a list of some such facts.

Licenses

The Australian plumbers are required to have licenses in order to carry on with their work across the country.  The licensing may differ from state to state, but it is generally accepted after an apprenticeship of four years with an additional experience of two years. They also require a curriculum requirement as a benchmark for their licensing. The license ensures that the plumber is well trained in the field and is capable to carry on with the work in the concerned field.

Experience

The next most important thing to look for in a plumber is the experience. The experience of the service provider will let you know all about the kind of work a plumber can do. This also lets you assess the quality of the   service he provides and also helps to understand the complexity of the procedures involved in different kinds of work that the plumber has been doing. You can hence, with this gather whether he is fit to work according to your needs or not. Also, with experience he can guide you through any difficulties and also help you out in various situations.

Cost

The most important factor which has to be taken into consideration when you are hiring a plumber is to look at the price a plumber charges for a particular job. It is essential to ensure that the plumber is not charging more than it’s worth and is also providing you with the required benefits. It is not necessary that a plumber who charges high will provide you with a much better service, but someone who is fairly priced is bound to give you shining results.

References

Whenever we are to hire someone for a particular job, it is important that we always check for references. The references let us know the kind of work he has done previously. The list of references also allows you to have a look at the profile of the plumber and have a look at the resume. Any good plumber will let you have a look at their reference lists and not hesitate even once. Therefore, you should always check for it.

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Response Time

The next most important factor is to consider the response time of the plumber. We often have plumbing emergencies in the most bizarre situations in our life. Hence, making sure that your plumber is readily available for you is very important. They should be competent enough to contact you within 24 hours of your problem and solve it as soon as possible.

These are just a few important factors which need to be taken into consideration when you are to hire a plumber for service. Other factors such as warranty of their work and insurance are also the deciding factors. The plumbers which keep in mind the benefits of the customers are very hard to find. These tips somewhere help us to find the best plumber required for our needs. Therefore, we should try and accommodate these tips when finding plumbers for rectifying household plumbing issues.

Guest Contributor, Amelie Lawrence

Yuck!!! What is that Smell?

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Yuck!!! What is that Smell?

What are you putting down the drain?

My husband is a plumber, I know what I’m allowed to put down the drain and what doesn’t belong down the drain. Recently we redid our plumbing in our kitchen, so there is zero excuse for the sink to smell. I love to cook, with cooking comes a pile of dishes, pots and pans constantly getting washed in our kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter what you like to cook, everyone uses some sort of oil or butter for cooking. I personally love Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and I know for a fact that it needs to be disposed of properly (in a container or double bagged) and thrown in the garbage. But, there will always be residue left on plates, and on pots and pans. If you’re not putting oil down your sink drain, why does it still smell? Because of all the residue left on your plates, pots and pans, you are going to get a nasty smell coming from your sink drain.

How do we stop the sink drain from smelling? You should always run cold water down your drain. Every couple of weeks or once a month, depending on how much you use your sink, you need to clean your sink drain with baking soda and vinegar. Another reason your sink drain might smell could be caused by having incorrectly installed waste lines, causing your P-Trap to not hold water to prevent sewer gasses from exiting. Finally, it could be a clogged-up vent pipe. For your kitchen sink to work the way it should, you need your drains and vents to work correctly. If you have maintain your sink drain and it still has a bad smell, contact a plumber. They will check your waste lines and vent pipes.

If you keep your sink drain clean and clear, and properly maintained, there shouldn’t be any reason for your kitchen sink drain to smell bad. 

What Doesn’t Belong Down the Drain:

·       Oil

·       Butter

·       Bones

·       Peels

·       Vegetables

·       Fruits

·       Seeds

·       Plastic

·       Metal

·       Glass

What Belongs Down the Drain:

·       Water

·       Dirty Water

·       Dirty Soapy Water

·       …..that’s it!!!!

How to Maintain a Good Smelling Sink?

Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon Juice. ½ cup of vinegar, ½ a cup of baking soda. Pour it down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes. After squeeze 1 lemon down the drain, let it sit there for another 30 minutes. Followed by cold running water to wash everything down. Your drain will smell great.

Garbage Disposal:

Vinegar & Baking Soda, ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda down garbage disposal. Let it sit there for 30 minutes, then flush out with cold water. Follow it with fresh squeezed lemon juice and ice, turn on garbage disposal.

Freeze lemon wedges in ice cube trays, place ice cubes down garbage disposal every couple of weeks if you regularly use garbage disposal.

Now you should have a GREAT smelling kitchen sink. If you need help or would love to have one of our plumbers check out your kitchen sink drain, give us a call. We are always happy to help you.

-Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing Team

708-845-7922

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Tips To Select Right Plumbing Services!

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Tips to Select Right Plumbing Services!

When you need a plumber, what do you do? You take out your mobile phone and call a service searching provider? Or call your neighbour and ask them about the company with whom they have worked before? These are quick and good ways to find a plumbing service provider for the plumbing problems in your house. But the problem arises when you have to select between many companies. How do you choose from them?

Choosing the right plumber will help you to get all the things fixed without even worrying about being charged for unnecessary add-ons and paying inflated rates for something which is not required.

How to find out the best plumbing service? 

Licenses

Most of the states require the plumbers to hold a license.  Here, you will have to talk to the service provider and ask them about their licenses. If they are licensed, then you should work with them as they will provide the best services. They will make sure that the problem does not occur again. While someone who does not have the license to work will be in a hurry to get the work done and leave the place. They will not provide the maintenance if the problem arises again. Also, the ones who are licensed, also have an insurance. This will work if there is an accident taking place in the working area, the insurance will cover everything and the homeowner would not have to worry about it. 

Experience matters when you choose the right plumber

Ask the plumbing services provider about the time the company has been working in the business. The company which is an experienced in the sector will have plumbers with years of experience. But you should still ask them. This will tell you about the company and their services. Having an experience means that they have a proven track record of quality work.

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Good communication

You might tell anyone immediately about the service provider after you have spoken to the over a call. If the person treated you well and spoke to you in a polite way will tell you a lot of things about them. It is a good sign of customer service and that will tell you a lot about the company.  When you talk to them, they should treat you as a priority and be always ready to work for you at your given time. This is a good sign of professionalism.

Pricing can be negotiated before you employ the plumber for your work

The plumber will always know what the work is and should be able to provide you with an estimate accurately. If there are any major tasks included, he should tell you without any problems. You can get two or three estimates from different plumbing service providers and then decide whom to choose from them. Your selection should depend upon the pricing and the quality of the services which they provide. If a particular estimate is lower than the others, then you can make out that the plumber is cutting costs by using inferior parts. When you call a local plumber, you can get rid of all the excess costs related to transportation. But when you hire the plumbers for large-scale projects, and they have to come a long way, then additional charges will be incurred.

All plumbing services providers should always guarantee their work. This shall include all the parts which are included as well as the service of the serviceman. Many of the warranties cover the plumber’s work for up to one year. If the plumber refuses to guarantee his work then you can easily make out that he is not a good option. You can then search for someone else and work with them.

Guest Contributor, Amelie Lawrence

Stop! Who's Installing Your Water Heater?

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Water Heater Installation or Repair

Every day, I start my morning off by enjoying a cup of coffee and reading through my emails and scrolling through social media (don’t lie, you do the same). News, friend’s posts, funny stuff, world travel, latest gossip and local group pages. The local handy man group pages always have people looking for plumbers, and thankfully our community is lucky enough to have several licensed plumbers in the area. When the post is recent, I try my best to answer questions or offer my number for advice. What I’m shocked by, is when people need a water heater installed or repaired, I see non-licensed plumbers offering to install or repair it. Do people not know that only a licensed plumber can install or repair a water heater?

A water heater is the most dangerous appliance in a building.

In most ordinances homeowners are allowed to install their own water heaters, but if you’re hiring a contractor it has to be a licensed plumber that installs your water heater. Yes you have the internet to walk you step by step on how to install a water heater. Youtube videos, group pages, forums, and so on. Do you have all the tools needed? Did you connect the right pipes? Temperature Relief valve? Gas line? Dielectric Unions? After spending all Saturday afternoon going back and forth calling Johnny down the street asking for advice, you finally decide to call your local licensed plumber. Frustrated you explain to your licensed plumber what’s going on. If only you would have listened to your wife and called the plumber in the first place (Never admit she was right).

When a water heater is installed correctly, you could go back to enjoying hot showers and having hot water on demand. But, if improperly done, it could be your worst nightmare. If a water heater explodes, it could cause your entire house to blow up. The explosion can be compared to many sticks of dynamite. It’s not worth risking your family’s life or your neighbors. Plus, I don’t know if your home insurance will cover the accident. It’s not worth it. Let your licensed plumber do the job.

Your time is precious, think of all the things you could be doing instead of installing a water heater:

  •               Taking a nap
  •               Watching March Madness
  •               Reading blog posts
  •               Exercising
  •               Enjoying a drink
  •               Learning a new language
  •               Cooking
  •               Eating
  •               Playing with your kids
  •               Shopping for stuff you don’t need on the internet
  •               Tagging your spouse in everything you want for your birthday that you don’t  need
  •               Texting your friends
  •               Mowing the lawn
  •               Finally working on things around the house that you’ve been putting off
  •               Pretending to do work in the garage while drinking a beer
  •               Watching funny videos
  •               Catching up with work

In conclusion, if you want to install your own water heater, we wish you all the best. If hiring someone to install your new water heater or repairing your old one, it must be a licensed plumber. Give us a call if you have any questions. We are always here to help. 

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5 Fun and Practical Tips For Moving

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5 Fun and Practical Tips For Moving

For you to move from your old home or apartment into a new one you must first take a lot of factors into consideration. If you make a detailed plan and stick to it, you should have no trouble with the whole process. But moving can be much more than simply lifting furniture and moving boxes from A to B, it can be a lot of fun as well. To help you have a safe and efficient move and have fun at the same time, we have singled out a couple of easy-to-follow steps.

1. How to pack your clothes

One of the most important items that we need to take care of while moving is our clothes. We are most concerned about keeping the clothes undamaged, therefore, consider placing your clothes in plastic bags along with the hangers so that you can easily take them out and store them in the wardrobe in your new home or apartment. Another great idea that will help you save more space while packing your clothes is to roll them. Make sure to explore different methods of packing your clothes the safest way possible.

2. Use smaller boxes

Believe it or not, smaller boxes can actually help you store more. Sometimes you don’t need that much space for your items. This way you won’t clog up unnecessary space in the moving truck, and unloading your items will be more efficient and practical. Don’t forget to label the boxes according to their contents, for example, paint the boxes that contain fragile items red. Don’t forget to cut out the handles so that you can carry the boxes more easily. For the safest and most efficient transportation of your possessions we recommend hiring skilful movers from the Moveage Group.

3. How to protect your fragile possessions

Another great idea for protecting your fragile possessions such as porcelain and ceramic dishes is to wrap them in old clothing that you don’t use anymore. This way you will protect them from sliding side to side in the moving truck and possibly breaking. Moreover, you can use old clothing to protect other fragile items such as vases and lamps. Another great way ofprotecting your dishes is to place a Styrofoam plate between plates while you stack them. This way the stack of plates will have stability during the transportation and they won’t get scratched.

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4. Transportation of heavy items

 If you have a lot of heavy items, you have to think about transportation methods that include wheels. You should consider using suitcases with wheels since they are extremely practical at transporting small but heavy items. For larger items like bookshelves and wardrobes it is best to disassemble them if possible for easier transportation. If you don’t want bookshelves and heavy furniture to ruin the floor of your new home or apartment we suggest investing, or borrowing, carts. They won’t damage your floor and will ensure a time-efficient moving process.

5. Finding the right packing supplies

Getting packaging boxes can sometimes be quite stressful and difficult. You can try asking big retailer stores for some because they receive large shipments of merchandise daily, which means that there is chance that they will be willing to part with some. Another great place to look for boxes is furniture stores. These stores can probably give you boxes of various shapes and sizes which is good if you have a lot of

As we can see it doesn't take much effort to turn a difficult moving process into a fun activity. All it takes is careful planning and patience.

Guest Contributor, Diana Smith

Hiring Drain Cleaning Service Experts

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Hiring Drain Cleaning Service Experts

A lot of homeowners will suffer from common clogged drains. It is advisable to get all this repaired and cleaned at the earliest convenience. Just from minor trouble to one major nightmare, drain blockages will surely cause too much damage if left unattended. This is the reason you will have to start looking for professional plumbing service provider that can help you clean and repair the blocked drains in your property. Apart from that, you should know the cause of clogged drains. A few items that are mostly known to cause blocked drains are: plastic, garbage, toilet paper, and wet wipes are the biggest problems for blockage in the drainage system. Also, there is a big possibility that your drainage system gets clogged at the exterior part, and it mainly happens due to garden particles and tree roots. Therefore, by hiring a professional drain cleaner, they will identify the exact cause of your blocked drain and resolve the blockage.

Mentioned below are different blocked drain issues which you can get professional assistance for:

1.)    Blocked Sink Drain:

As everything manages their way down the drain, bathroom sinks and kitchen sinks are known to face the clogging problems very often. If you have encountered such a problem before and know that home remedies do not provide an instant solution, then hire an expert plumbing service.  You can also try out some DIY methods to clean the drain, you can pour hot water with cleaning solution into the drain. Or you can use a hanger to plug out the garbage from the drain. However, these are simple solutions for bigger problems, and you cannot fully clear the drain by trying these DIY methods. So, it is best to hire a professional and have them clear your drain.

2.)    Clogged Sewer:

Tree roots are said to be the biggest culprits of blocked drains and clogged sewer lines. One of the issues with tree roots in the line is finding out about the blockage, which, without a video camera inspection it will be very difficult to diagnose. When you hire a professional drain cleaner, you can be sure of the solution. Plumbers and Drain Cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to discover the root cause. Their machines include, rodders, jetters, video cameras, hydraulic root cutters and much more.

3.)    Blocked Toilets:

Managing blockage in toilets is very tricky and might also be difficult at times. Treating this as an emergency issue, is essential that you start looking for plumbing services providers who specialize in blocked drains. An emergency plumber who can pop open a blocked drain with a rod machine right away is always great. They will be able to give you a few pointers on how to keep it open and how to maintain the drain.

How Would You Hire A Professional Drain Cleaning Service Who Specializes In Blocked Drains?

Finding the perfect drain cleaning service provider who specializes in blocked drains will make a big difference. You don’t want a trainee to tackle all your plumbing issues, you want an experienced person. Always hire an experienced blocked drain cleaning service provided who can handle your complicated tasks within a short time.

  • If you choose to clean the blocked drain yourself, you might have to take off work of time away from your schedule and it will take you all day. If you don’t have the machines needed, you’ll need to rent them. But, if you hire a professional drain cleaning service provider you can stay relaxed. They will do all the work and will accordingly find a good solution for your needs.
  • If you do not know the exact plumbing problem, trying to learn as you go might not work for you. You will end up wasting your efforts and might end up causing damage to your property. With the help from an expert plumbing service provider, it will be easy for you to preserve the beauty of your property.

Looking for an expert blocked drains cleaning service is not a daunting task at all. You can refer to your local classifieds or look up on the internet to find the right service provider for your needs.

Guest Contributor, Adam Wilson

What Are The Various Services Provided By Commercial Plumber?

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What are the Various Services Provided by Commercial Plumber?

Be it a business owner, a restaurant manager, or commercial complex developer; a leaky tap or a clogged pipe can spell disaster and even force one to shut shop for several days, till the issue is resolved. Precaution is better than cure! Why not opt for Commercial Plumbing services that can help alleviate such worries.

What are Commercial Plumbing services?

They are companies either networked or have a dedicated team of specialist plumbers. They provide planning consultancies, installations, as well as maintenance and repairing of pipes and plumbing fixtures for residential as well as commercial offices/ complexes, etc.

Commercial Service Company vs. Local Plumber

There are a number of reasons why to opt for a Commercial service provider for your plumbing needs:

  • They are fully equipped with the right tools. Some tools are expensive, but make the job easier.

  • They have specialist plumbers, according to the nature of the requirement. Not everyone knows everything. Face it, sometimes even your handyman plumber for 15 years may not have the expertise to deal with new plumbing problem.

  • They are more organized, as they provide fixed or contractual quotations. Local Plumbers may start the service with a quote depending on the nature of the requirement.

  • They can help plan plumbing layouts or repairs efficiently, while maintaining municipal codes. Local plumbers may not be aware of many municipal codes and make violations or take risks cutting down the bill.

  • They have a fast response system to attend to emergencies. Individual plumbers may have long waiting times.

How to choose the right Commercial Plumbing Service Provider?

It is not just about getting the work done, but getting it done well. When it comes to such basic services required to keep your business up and running.  Keep these pointers in mind when looking for a suitable service provider:

  • Look for yellow-page listings and online/offline review

Check for approvals and proper licensing of the company you may be considering. Companies with proper listing are bound to be more trustworthy and will do a good job.

  • Look for establishments that have been around for a while

The credibility and trust in a company depends on the years of experience behind it. The reputation they have gained through years of satisfactory services. However, there may be a few exceptions of technologically advanced newcomers.

  • Look for the Big names in the business

Though, they may be slightly more expensive, they offer a wide range of services like: Installation of water savers, waterproofing, laying pipelines for the sewage/plumbing system, replacing toilets, Repair and fixing of fixtures like shower heads, screens, faucets, etc.

  • Look for convenience

There are many service providers, who are now available 24 X 7 and have a response window as small as 60 minutes to deal with emergencies.

  • Look for One Point Contact

Choose a company that deals with varied supporting services such as, gas fitting, air-conditioning, boilers, Heating systems, fire-sprinklers, etc. Getting most of your work done under one roof removes the need to chase five different people for different aspects of plumbing requirements.

  • Look for Support

Service providers that offer regular plumbing checks and maintenance contracts are always a good option. They help minimize losses at the times of emergencies. Some companies also provide advice on the types and brands of plumbing equipment to invest in to give better performance.

This may sound like a little too much for something as small as a plumbing job, but getting right Commercial Plumbing services is apt with the saying ‘A stitch in time saves nine!’

Guest Contributor, Amelie Lawrence

Tips To Follow Before Bathroom Renovations

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Tips to follow before Bathroom Renovations

A bathroom is considered as a space which freshens you up. It is thus important to ensure that your bathroom has all things you need to charge you up.  A drab and dull bathroom can play ‘spoil-sport’ to the total look of your home and could ruin your mood. Before you dive head-on to renovate your bathroom, it is wise to consider specific points. Think of planning a bathroom of your dreams by giving this renovation enough of thought and a little effort. In case you are ready to spend a bit more, you should think of taking the help of professional designer.

These tips can help you with bathroom renovation: 

Budget Considered

Keeping your budget in mind can be of a great help. You can choose the fixtures per this. Make sure you include the cost of labor when fixing your budget. There are multiple designs in bathroom renovations and choosing one in accordance to a fixed budget is advisable. By doing so, you can avoid over-spending. 

Modifications Required

Decide whether you are looking for a total renovation or are you interested in specific modifications. This can include changing the tub or the fixtures or only get the bathroom painted, or even changing the tiles. A small change here and there can make a lot of difference to this space. You can get a rough idea by going through the different bathroom design on display online.

Damage Internally

Water leakage and pipes which are cracked or broken can cause a disaster. Get this inspected before you opt for any modification. These hidden problems are most of the time overlooked by most homeowners.

Storage considered

A well-designed bathroom will have enough and more space for storing toiletries. This help in giving the bathroom a neat and tidy look. All your toiletries should be well organized and easily accessible.

Design and Style

The style of a bathroom depends on the choice of the home owner. You can opt for a totally different look as compared to the rest of your house or you can choose a design which complements the home. You can also opt for a traditional look which is unique.

Accessories

Ensure you include the accessories in your budget. It does not make sense to get the whole bathroom renovated and leave the old accessories. This tends to spoil the look you have tried to create.

Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance the remodeled bathroom. Not having enough lighting can cause problems when using this space. Make sure you have enough and more light in that bathroom especially if you have children or elderly people using the bathroom. 

Heating system

Placing the water heater in an unobtrusive way needs to be taken into consideration. Water heaters can become an eye sore in an otherwise beautiful bathroom.

Long-Term Arrangement

If you intend staying put in the same house for a long time, make sure to design your bathroom to accommodate the elders who are living with you as well as be of benefit to your growing children, especially to use the commode, step out of the bathing tub, walking independently to and from the bathroom door, etc.

Selecting a Contractor

A contractor who is well reputed and has the required experience needs to be chosen. Take your time and ask around. You can even conduct your search online as there will be numerous information listed about designers and contractors in your locality. Check out the reviews and narrow your choice in accordance with your requirement. Do not overlook the price factor. Compare three or more quotes before you settle for a specific contractor for bathroom renovation.

With the above-mentioned factors, you can, for sure, get the bathroom of your choice, well within your budget.

Guest Contributor, Emma Smith