By Benjamin St. Jacques
Any homeowner knows the value of a good plumber. They're the ones you call to unclog stubborn drains or fix leaky faucets. Plus, they'll be there when a pipe bursts or your water heater conks out. But plumbers can do so much more than just those typical repairs.
Sometimes, when homeowners are confronted with a particular problem, they’re not quite sure what kind of professional they can call to fix it. Chances are they’ve already got someone who can handle it. They just don’t know it yet. Read on to learn six things you never knew your plumber could do.
1. Fight a Flood
Flooded basements might be every homeowner’s worst nightmare, but your plumber can be a dream come true. Plumbers have the equipment to pump the water out of your basement much quicker than you ever could with a mop and bucket, or even a wet-dry vac.
Once the water is out, they can set up high-powered fans to dry up any remaining moisture as quickly as possible. This is essential if you want to avoid mold growth. Plus, they can install sump pumps and offer other solutions to ensure that once the water is out of your basement, it never comes back.
2. Save Sewer Lines
If a sewer line from your home to the street clogs, leaks, or is punctured by a tree root, you’ve got a big, messy problem on your hands. Your first instinct might be to call your town or city manager.
But they’ll tell you what plumbers already know: sewer lines that run from your home to the street are actually your responsibility. So, if your sewer line has a problem, it’s once again time to call your plumber. They know the ins and outs of your municipality’s sewer lines, and can get things fixed and flowing freely again.
3. Breathe Life into Gas Lines
If you need a gas line repaired or installed, then call your plumber. Sure, there’s no water involved, but it's still a job for your most beloved home improvement specialist.
Most master plumbers have gas-fitting licenses, which means they can take care of gas line repairs, often for less than your local utility company. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if the job involves pipes, then your plumber can handle it.
4. Install Water Softeners & Filters
Most companies that sell water softeners or filtration systems would have you believe that they’re the only ones who can handle the installation. These companies will also try to get you to sign up for costly, and usually unnecessary, maintenance plans.
But here’s the good news: Your local plumber can install filtration and softener systems — no problem. They can also handle any maintenance or repairs you need on the system. And again, they’ll do all of this for much less than the company that’s hawking the system.
5. Install New Appliances
You probably know where to buy a kitchen or bathroom appliance, but did you know that you don’t need the retailer to install it?
Plumbers work with all appliances that connect to your water systems. Consider calling a plumber to install your new dishwasher, washing machine, water heater, or garbage disposal.
6. Service Your Septic System
You may not realize it, but your plumber is a septic tank expert too. They can install complete septic systems, handle repairs, and perform routine maintenance.
There’s no reason for you to call a separate septic service when you already have a plumber you can trust.
This is just a short list of the various jobs that many licensed plumbers are qualified to handle. Suffice to say, your plumber has extensive expertise that goes way beyond their plunger and you can use their abilities to complete myriad home improvement projects.
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