We may have initially begun our home maintenance and repair plan with good intentions and written down the stats as we went along, but as we know life seems to get busier with each passing year and schedules tend to fill before you have a chance to think.

Next thing you know you are putting off having your routine repairman come around to do a check over, after all, you haven’t had any issues since you moved in, and this, unfortunately, may just be the year you needed to have him come over and do an inspection. Because it tends to be Mother Nature’s way of keeping us on our toes, am I right?

Maintenance of utilities around the house is essential, although not always manageable year-round or by clockwork, but it helps to try to keep one step ahead of the game. If you have regular checks you will be able to find or spot parts or equipment that are experiencing significant wear and tear or in need of replacement before the situation worsens or spreads.

Minor fixes as you progress are far less expensive and daunting than having to replace a whole new unit of sorts and even more so if you are in a rental property. The last thing you want to be doing is spending money on someone else’s house.

You may know a few major areas to keep an eye on, but, unfortunately, there always seems to be more than we realize. See some common areas ‘not to forget about or overlook’ here https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-most-common-plumbing-problems-in-the-household and this way nothing will hopefully’ get past you.

As mentioned earlier having regular check-ups can nip an issue before it escalates but there are other factors too, we tend to think we only need to call in a plumber when we see a river of water running out the bathroom but by then the problem is larger than you will anticipate.

A catastrophe can begin with a simple pinhole that leaks and drips water for months without going noticed, this creates and grows mold in the surrounding areas, adding to your now increasing plumbing problem, and deteriorating the pipes and fittings along with it.

And at the end of the day, you end up needing to replace not only the full set of pipework to get it up and running efficiently again but the plasterboards or walls that the pipes run along that are now covered in mold and have severe water damage.

 A simple routine appointment could prevent all this or the bare minimum point out small issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Signs to look for when you may have a plumbing issue.

• Bills. This is a quick and sure indicator that something is not right, if the invoice is double what it was the previous month you need to look into it. It may be a clerical mistake which is what we’d prefer. But usually, the underlying issue comes from an undetected leak or hole somewhere in the house.
While these are some of the top criteria to look out for, click here to read more in-depth about them and others to consider that could save you in the long run.
• Pressure. Having a shower under water that feels like it is stroking you can be frustrating, sometimes all you need to wash away a long week is a hot steaming shower that feels like pressure washers when you open the taps. If there is no power it is being released somewhere else.
• Look and smell. Visible water damage is a clear sign undoubtedly but you may also smell it before you see it. Mold has a distinct smell, quite tart almost, and is unmissable. Rather be safe than sorry, if you smell something unusual have the full system inspected just to cover all the bases.

Finding the right plumbing company for you.

Going local and using a firm within your village or area is always recommended, not only are you supporting local businesses and helping the community but if there is ever an emergency they are close enough to hopefully send out an engineer within an hour or two.

You want a company who ‘specializes’ in the trade you need, one that has been trading for over a decade or close to it, and this way you will have peace of mind knowing you are in the safe and experienced hands of the professionals.

Companies such as Alexandria Plumbers who pride themselves in quality work understand the importance of doing the job right the first time around but also keeping in mind customer service, which can lead to potential future business from client recommendations.

Once you have narrowed down your search begin to browse the company website to read what other customers have experienced from using them and the level of service you are likely to receive.

They should be licensed and ideally have insurance that covers them and your property whilst they are on the job. Asking to see these certificates is not a question a reliable and reputable company will hesitate to offer or to answer. If they ‘beat around the bush’ it should raise a red flag and your best option is to look elsewhere.

Rounding up

Plumbers and plumbing services are highly sought after trades and are a good option for those who are unsure about what to do as a future career.

Professionals in the industry will always say how rewarding a job like this can be, to see the relief on customer’s faces when you have managed to solve their issue, and that with proper maintenance and care you will have a home that is up and running smoothly like clockwork (and without the surprise element of a waterfall from the ceiling in the middle of the night – speaking from first-hand experience).

Save a routine check-up in your calendar and you will have less stress about a preventable accident, life is full as it is without having to worry about water pipes, leave that to the experts.