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5 Top Tips For Saving Money On Plumbing Services

Like many others, you probably plan on saving money on plumbing this year. When you’re considering hiring a plumber to perform a service for you, there’s likely to be a lot going through your mind – cost being at the forefront. Striking a balance between protecting your wallet from scams and high prices while also ensuring that you get the service you need is tough.

But luckily there are plenty of ways in which you can do this and invest in a cost-effective service. Here are some tips on how you can save cash when it comes to plumbing.

1. Don’t delay

When you’re faced with the prospect of a plumbing bill, one fairly understandable reaction is to put off the process of engaging a plumber and instead struggle on with what you’ve got. If you have a dripping bathroom tap, for example, you might decide to just live with it until you’ve got a bit more cash flow.

But the risk here is that it could end up saving money on plumbing initially but costing you more in the long run. By leaving items to deteriorate unchecked, you could end up in a situation in which you have an even worse and more expensive problem in six months.

So if you have a plumbing problem that’s getting worse and which basic DIY can’t fix, it’s best to call in a plumber now to save you having to shell out for a hefty bill further down the line.

2. Read some reviews

It’s also vital to be sure that you don’t just go for the first plumber you see. This is another temptation, especially if the problem is urgent and you need someone to come right away.

Rip-offs are sadly quite common in the plumbing and home maintenance sector. Unscrupulous plumbers play on people’s concerns about the integrity of their domestic plumbing services, and this can create the conditions for fraud. If you’re someone who is especially vulnerable (or you care for someone in such a situation), it’s extra important to be vigilant, follow the advice above and ensure that you don’t run the risk of getting scammed.

One way to do this is to check out the plumbing professional on a reviews site first and see what others who have used their services have to say about them. Another form of review is a price comparison site: this can present local plumbers in descending order of price, but also provide other information such as user-generated star ratings.

3. Check Your Plumber’s Accreditation

It’s also prudent to see if they’re registered with a reputable and proper professional body such as the Institute of Plumbing Australia or similar, as this is often a sign that they’re happy to have their work scrutinised by an external provider. If you’re unsure, you can ask to see their documentation and then double-check online that the organisation they’re a part of is well-recognised.

 

Sometimes, accredited plumbers are more expensive than those without credentials. But it’s important to take a long term view. An accredited plumber is, after all, far less likely to scam you or do a bad job.

4. Pay For Quality Upfront

While it’s important to ensure that you’re not paying over the odds for your plumbing service, it’s also vital to be sure that you’re investing in a quality service that will deliver the goods. For that reason, paying for a quality service from a qualified, competent professional is the single best way to reduce the risk of needing more work done further down the line.

If you pay a cheap amount for a shoddy service, you may well find that you end up paying twice given that you’ll need to call in a pro further down the line. It’s a false economy – so ensure you invest in a good firm upfront.

5. Saving Money On Plumbing By Practicing good Maintenance

It’s also possible to reduce your overall plumbing bill by tackling maintenance issues yourself as they arise. Take the example of the dripping tap: if you can’t turn your tap off all the way, there might be some steps you can take before committing to the cost of calling in a plumber. You could, for example, try unscrewing your tap and replacing the washer.

If you’re a new homeowner or otherwise inexperienced when it comes to plumbing DIY, you might be unsure where to start in this regard. Most reputable plumbers, however, will be more than happy to give you some advice and share their expertise with you when they’re working in your house on a job.That way, you’ll also be able to ensure that any DIY you do attempt isn’t going to risk your home’s plumbing system.

Ultimately, there are plenty of ways to reduce the risk of having to shell out a lot of dollars when a plumbing problem arises. From ensuring you keep your fixtures and fittings in good working order to begin with to finding a reputable, fairly priced plumber, you can bring down your long term plumbing bills immeasurably.

At All Day Plumbing, we’re here to help Sydney’s residents with cost-effective and fair plumbing services. Just get in touch today to learn more.