Here you will find additional tips to help you with your household plumbing maintenance from the numerous questions we answer each week.
Katherine H. of Allen, TX asked: My husband would rather just tinker with our plumbing fixtures versus using the manual as he thinks they are only for people who don’t know what they are doing. Shouldn’t he just use the manual?
User manuals are more than parts lists and seemingly complex diagrams. They are packed with useful product information that is often overlooked.
While your user manuals may not seem like an exciting read, they are very beneficial and can save you time and money in the long run.
The Better Alternative:
Take a peek in your manual. It contains a multitude of information about product warranties and repairs that you can find very useful. Additionally, if you don’t have the paper manual, some manufacturers include virtual copies online.
William C. of Allen, Texas asked: Every Plumber Is An Expert In All Areas of Plumbing, Right?
A person calling him or herself a plumber doesn’t mean that they are well educated in all areas of their field or that they are properly licensed.
Plumbers have multiple opportunities to continue their education though classes, certifications, and obtaining special cards needed to install some products.
In the event that a plumber makes a mistake, you will have to spend additional time and money to hire someone else to resolve it.
The Best Alternative:
Review state boards, Angie’s List and the BBB to verify whether or not the plumber you are hiring is well qualified and properly trained to conduct the needed repairs. Be sure to ask to see the plumber’s license. They should be happy to provide it for your review.