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7 Critical Questions for Your Plumber

Usually, the only time you call a plumber is during an emergency. But while you have a plumber in your house, you have a golden opportunity to ask a few pertinent questions for your plumber to advise you about your plumbing, HVAC, and drainage systems. At Orange Coast Plumbing, our certified technicians are always happy to help and offer advice about the best methods for saving you time and money in the future. Here are a few questions that we hear, and why they are important to ask.

How is everything working?

This is the most fundamental question to ask your plumber. If your downstairs toilet is flooding, you may overlook other symptoms that are not as emergent. Asking your plumber to take a step back and examine the big picture is certainly worth doing, and well within your right as their customer. This one simple question can likely dovetail into a wealth of actionable information, either on other flaws in your system, or other forms of maintenance that you may need. The more you know about your system, the less you will have to pay other people to fix it.

Is my water pressure too low or high?

This is an excellent question to be asking your plumber. Understanding water pressure is one of the foundational requirements for being a plumber. Any plumber worthy of the title should be able to test your water pressure and make an appropriate adjustment if it is too high or low. Either extreme carries with it risks that are not good for the health of your plumbing. And unless you ask your plumber about your pressure specifically, they may not know to check it.  Not every problem requires an assessment of your water pressure to fix.

How long am I supposed to wait for my hot water?

When you turn on your hot water, you may have to wait a few seconds for the water to get hot, because it takes a while for the hot water to work its way to the fixture. The answer to this question will depend on the quality of the hot water heater you have and the distance (in piping) between it and the fixture you are trying to turn on. If it is taking longer than it is supposed to for hot water to reach the fixture, it could be a sign that you are having issues with your hot water heater. In such case, you may want to ask the plumber to check out the hot water heater. If the hot water heater appears normal, you may be discovering that you are simply not satisfied with the amount of water you are wasting waiting for it to heat up, and that you may be interested in installing a hot water recirculation system.

How are my Heating and Air Conditioning systems performing?

These days, many plumbers have expertise in areas other than just plumbing. Some, like the professionals at Orange Coast Plumbing, employ trained and vetted professionals capable of fixing any heating or air conditioning system. If your plumber has this expertise, and if you have confidence in them, it may be worth your while to do a diagnostic check on your heating or AC system. If they find anything wrong, then you can get an estimate from them or have them fix it on the spot.

What can I do to reduce my water bill?

The easiest way to reduce your water bill is to use low-flow faucets and shower heads and install a high-efficiency toilet. For example, depending on how old your existing toilet is, a new ultra-high efficiency toilet can use as much as 3 gallons less every flush. One can also obtain rebates from many utility suppliers for fitting these water saving toilets and shower heads. Asking your plumber about your home’s unique requirements will enable you to ask the right questions when it comes time to purchase new hardware. A good plumber will also install it for you.

Is it worth having my systems regularly serviced?

A good plumber will tell you what you need to do to maintain your home. By making a list of these simple tasks, you should be able to avoid expensive repairs, and even dangerous or catastrophic situations. It is always good to have a plumber come by once in awhile to check your plumbing or appliances, but it is not always cost-effective to do this on a regular basis. By setting a routine schedule with your professional, you may be able to provide your home with more consistent maintenance, and save money over the long term. This is particularly true if the maintenance visit addresses not just plumbing, but heating, AC, and appliances as well.

I want to remodel; will my existing systems cope with the additional services that I will be installing?

The best idea is to explain your plans and then take it from there. If you are just fitting an additional half bath, it may be possible to answer the question on the spot, but often it is worth having an in-depth discussion before you finalize your plans. The more clear you are about your plans, the better an answer your service provider can give you. At Orange Coast Plumbing, we also provide renovation services, so we are intimately familiar with all kinds of home systems and appliances, and are experts at interfacing them. We will be able to advise and probably offer some solutions using some of the latest technology which will save you money in the long run.

If you have additional questions that are not listed here, Orange Coast Plumbing will be happy to help. Call us to schedule a visit, or call our 24/7 emergency line for a quick and efficient resolution to your requirements. Sometimes the best plumbing visits are not for an emergency, because they will save you money down the road.