Hiring a Professional Plumber: 5 Important Things to Consider

Your kitchen sink’s drain is blocked, you have a leaking water pipe, your toilet flush is busted, or your roof is leaking. If one of these things happens to you, there is one thing to do – you should call a plumbing professional to have your problem fixed!

But wait! With lots of professional plumbers found on directories and on the internet, how would you find the right people? Well, we will give you some of tips to narrow down your choices. Just make sure that you consider these things:

1. Industry Experience
The first thing that you should look into is the experience of a plumber or a plumbing company. Of course, a person or an organisation with more years of existence in the industry has acquired more knowledge and skills compared to others.

2. Appropriate Pricing
When you consider pricing, it doesn’t mean that you should opt for the company that offers the lowest price among the rest. Remember that most of the time, lower prices translate to low quality jobs. Thus, you should find a balance on the quality of work offered and the price tag. This can be done by asking questions on what type of materials are to be used for the plumbing job you wanted to be completed. A little research on the internet will help you find some information to compare the quality of materials given by your plumber.

3. Proper Licensing
Before making a decision on hiring your desired plumbers, you should know whether they are licensed or certified by authorities. Registered contractors have liability insurance, which can protect you from any accidents or any financial liabilities that can arise from the plumbing job you want to undertake.

4. Job Warranty
Trusted people or companies in the industry of plumbing do offer some type of guarantee to the jobs they deliver. May it be simple repairs or huge projects, you should ask on what type of warranty your chosen plumbers do provide. This will show that the people you’ll hire are willing to stand on the quality of their work.

5. Check for References
Last but not the least, you should also ask plumbing contractors for references before hiring them. Trustworthy plumbers will have no problem providing you with names of previous clients whom you can ask for information.

If you are searching for professional plumbers whom you can trust, look no further as we at Aqua Maintain are just a phone call away! Rest assured that we have the experience, knowledge and skills in performing any type of plumbing tasks required. We also offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services for cases requiring immediate solutions. Contact us on (03) 9369 0144 so we can discuss your requirements.

Drainage Handling 101: Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drains

Blocked drains are among the most common emergency plumbing cases that we handle almost every day. A clogged kitchen sink, toilet or bath can be a disaster if not fixed as quickly as possible. That’s why, we here at Aqua Maintain always make sure that we are on time and are able to deliver prompt solutions to our clients.

However, clogged drains can be minimised if you are careful of what you are putting down through your drains. To help you, we have listed below some of the things that can cause clogging and shouldn’t be thrown into any type of drainage.

1. Ground Coffee and the Likes – Coffee, as well as other similar ground food items are like sand. Although they can be washed away with water, most will sink on the bottom of pipes. This will narrow down the passageway for water and other debris causing clogs.

2. Food Bits – Food items, even in their smallest sizes, can still cause clogs. You may think that they can be washed away by water, but they will continuously accumulate up to point of blocking the pipes.

3. Grease, Lards or Oils from Cooking – These types of substance thicken and can cause other objects to get stuck causing a larger clog. This is very common on kitchen sinks.

4. Pasta, Bread & Rice – These food items will expand when soaked in water. Which means they can clog up your drainage pipes resulting to a blocked drainage.

5. Stickers – When washing fresh fruits and veggies straight from the grocery, avoid tossing price stickers or product labels into the sink. These can stick with other objects and can create larger clumps that can cause clogging.

6. Hair and Strings – Hair strands, may it be from human, pet, dolls, or even from pillows, including strings and other similar stuff should be kept away from your shower drain or in your bath. If these objects are mixed with soap suds, it will result to clogging. Also, make sure that an adequate filter is in place on all your bathroom drains.

7. Sanitary Products – Bathroom items such as napkins, dental flosses, swabs, cotton balls, wipes and paper towels should also be disposed on rubbish bins and not on drains.

8. Liquid Adhesives – Liquid adhesive like glue or paste shouldn’t be disposed through your drains. These materials can harden inside the drainage pipes which can be a destructive obstruction.

But of course, even with these handy tips, blocked drains can sometimes be unavoidable especially if you have children at home. Just always remember – when clogging happens, do not try to solve the problem on your own or you may worsen the situation. You should call the experts who can provide the right solutions. Contact us here at Aqua Maintain! We have a team of emergency plumbers who can come to your aid 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We cover the whole Melbourne, including the Western Suburbs.

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