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Plumbing Repair Service vs. Handyman

Monday, September 29th, 2014

plumber vs. handyman info graphicWhen you need a plumbing repair, you may be unsure whether to call a handyman or a professional plumber. Before making that decision, it helps to understand the differences between a handyman and a plumber from a plumbing repair service. In some cases a handyman may be the appropriate choice, but for plumbing repairs specifically, hiring a plumbing repair service is really the best choice. Here’s why.

What Can a Handyman Do?

Most handymen are jack-of-all-trades, meaning that they offer a variety of services. They may not be trained in any specific area such as plumbing. Many homeowners will hire a handyman to do repairs and maintenance around their homes that they do not have time to do or may be unable to do by themselves such as:

  • Cleaning gutters
  • Fixing a broken window
  • Replacing a door
  • Putting up shelves
  • Mowing the lawn or yard cleanup
  • Minor carpentry or plumbing repairs

In most cases, handymen have not gone through any type of specific training or apprenticeship. They usually are not licensed and may not carry liability insurance to protect their customer in case they cause damage while making a repair. While the cost to hire a handyman is generally less than hiring a plumbing repair service, you also assume more risk. In some areas, handymen are even prohibited by law from performing major plumbing repairs.
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Common Water Heater Problems in Summer

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Leaking Water Heaters in Keller TXWhile water heaters do seem to have more problems during the colder months, the arrival of summer can bring some other unique problems. This is especially true if your water heater is located in your attic or your garage where there is no air conditioning.

Pilot Light Problems with Your Water Heater

If you have a gas water heater, you may find that your pilot light frequently goes out when the temperatures reach 100°F or above. There are two common reasons why this occurs. (more…)

Water Heater Repair for Attic Units

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Photo of Two Water Heaters Installed in TandemIn many parts of the country, water heaters are commonly placed in the attic. This is manageable until you suspect your water heater has a leak, and accessing it to complete water heater repair is challenging to you and a professional plumber.

Why the Attic?

Homes built on pad foundations (no basement or crawl space) often have attic water heaters. While cheap to install, their attic location makes water heater repair very difficult. Garages are not good locations for gas-fired water heaters specifically, because of the proximity of flammable liquids.

By the Numbers

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety points out several factors that increase your risk of water heater repair and failure: (more…)

How To Locate Slab Leaks from Water Pipes

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

logoSlab leaks are often the culprit if you notice an unexplained increase in your water bill and have ruled out common sources of leaks such as your toilets or outdoor faucets. It is not always easy for a homeowner to determine where leaks from pipes running under your slab foundation may be located. In some cases, you might see wet spots or feel hot areas on your floor that may point to where the leak may be located. (more…)

How To Detect A Slab Leak

Monday, June 16th, 2014

plumber reviewsSlab leaks usually come from one of two sources. One of those sources is the sewer lines that run under and around your home, and the other is the water lines that are under and around your home. Here are a few ways to check for signs that one of these sources is leaking under your slab: (more…)

Finding the Water Leaks In Your Shower

Monday, June 9th, 2014

remodeling9Having a leaky shower is a pain, but not knowing where the leak is coming from can be absolutely maddening. Water leaks are all too common. Whether you are in a new construct that settled and the seals are now offset, or in an older bathroom where wear and tear has diminished the effectiveness of your shower pane, the bottom line is you need to take care of it right away. (more…)

Plumbing Repair Services: Replacing Your Bathtub

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

remodeling10Your old bathtub has seen better days. There’s a chip in the finish or years of buildup around the drain. If you are thinking about replacing an old bathtub yourself or hiring one of the many plumbing repair services in your area, there are some things you need to consider. (more…)

Tankless Water Heater Installation

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Replacing the Old with the New

Converting your old water heater to a tankless system involves making some changes to your home. The main advantages of installing a tankless water heater come in energy savings, as tankless systems only heat the water you need, when you need it. This will save you money in the long run. Tankless systems are also sealed combustion units, which greatly reduces the risk of carbon monoxide entering your home. (more…)

Does Your Bathroom Faucet Leak When You Flush the Toilet?

Monday, May 19th, 2014

 

It easy to view each item in a bathroom as a separate entity: toilet, bathroom faucet, tub, and shower. But behind the walls and remodeling2underneath the floors, each of these things are connected to one another through the plumbing, as well as to your main water line. Often times, water pressure problems are the root cause of your bathroom faucet leaking when the toilet is flushed. (more…)