Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Leave plumbing to the pros

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From page SHI18 | April 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s just a small leak? You can handle that, right?

Before you know it, water has gushed all over the floor. You, like thousands of homeowners before have learned a valuable lesson: When it comes to plumbing, call a professional.

Experience saves time and money, and offers peace of mind, according to Marvin Collins, president of Conforti Plumbing.

Time is on your side
A do-it-yourselfer may have a general idea of what’s leaking, broken or worn out; however, a professional plumber’s experience will ensure everything is correctly diagnosed and measured, the right parts are at hand and — this is key — that the water is shut off before work begins.

Too often, Collins said he’s seen people start work before shutting off the water, resulting in a time-consuming, soggy clean up that delays a project. Parts also become an issue with novice plumbers, who often find themselves making multiple trips to the store.

How much?
A homeowner might think it’s not worth it to call a plumber if they need to repair a dripping shower valve … until they twist the valve inside the wall, resulting in a costly repair.

That hour of time plus materials suddenly turns into several hours of labor, a busted out wall that will need new sheet rock or, worse yet, new tile, plus painting and other fixes. Repairing a homeowner’s mistake could easily cost three, four or more times the amount that homeowner would have paid a plumber to fix the original problem, Collins said, admitting, “We’ve seen that many times, unfortunately.”

Peace of mind
So you’ve fixed the leak but how can you be sure there’s not a silent pool accumulating behind the wall? How do you know the parts you used will last?

Collins suggests homeowners show their plumbers their handiwork should the professional stop by for another job. But, more importantly, he said homeowners will greatly benefit from a company’s warranty and parts warranties if the project is completed by a pro.

“It’s peace of mind,” he explained.

Collins also said, no matter who you hire, customers need to make sure their plumbers are licensed, bonded and insured. This offers the best protection should something go wrong or if a new problem springs up (or out).

Want to know more?
Call Conforti Plumbing at 530-622-0202 or 916-933-3141 or visit confortiplumbingonline.com.

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Discussion | 2 comments

  • Paul the PlumberMay 05, 2013 - 12:55 pm

    Yup, I often go to jobs where the customer has attempted the job themselves and magnified the problem 10 fold! Keeps us in work I guess :-) ____________________ Paul

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  • RogerNovember 06, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    It will be 50 bucks to fix it. 150 if you tried to fix it yourself first. ------------------------ Plumbers in Cheltenham

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