Hiring A Plumber, When Is It The Right Time?

frustrated homeowner holding a plunger and on the phone with a plumberPlumbing problems happen on a regular basis. Whether you are a homeowner or simply renting an apartment or property there are some issues that you must call a plumber to have solved. Other times you can simply handle the problem. Deciding when it is time to call a plumber versus when you should try to solve the problem yourself can be a difficult task. We had a chance to speak with a few qualified plumbers that gave us the inside scoop on when you should call a professional, or when it’s likely you can tackle the problem yourself.

Clogged Toilet

Most people may know this, but for those who do not, a clogged toilet is usually a task that you can handle all by yourself. This is especially the case if the problem is related to a bowl movement. Look for the iconic flange plunger, insert it into the toilet, and carefully press down and pull up on the plunger. This motion forces water to move back and forth within he toilet drain and will usually clear the blockage.

However, inappropriate items being inserted into the toilet can also cause toilet obstructions. In such a case, it is a good idea to call a professional rather than try to solve the problem yourself. It may simply be too much for an amateur to handle.

Dishwasher Installation

Installing a dishwasher may seem simple. On the contrary, to properly and effectively install a dishwasher requires a knowledgeable and experienced plumber. While many YouTube videos exist explaining the process, but our plumbing friends told us, that incorrect plumbing installation can be a major problem. Leaks and broken pipes can result. In the worst of cases, this problem can easily lead to water damage.

Do this work yourself if you used to be a plumber or are extremely experienced working with plumbing and comfortable with all aspects of the work. Otherwise, always call a professional plumber to install your dishwasher.

Flood Prevention

Flood prevention measures are extremely critical to preventing costly and major damage to a property. This area may be of more concern to homeowners rather than renters. This area includes such items as a backwater valve, sump pump, foundation repair, and basement waterproofing. These are complex systems that require precise installation, and regular maintenance, failure of any one of these systems can lead to an expensive, stressful catastrophe.

In nearly all these cases, an experienced, knowledgeable plumbing contractor should be called to handle the installation and continued annual inspections.

 

Lavish Whitby Landscaping Tips to Sell Your Home Yesterday

home for sale after having whitby landscaping services performedListing a home can be a stressful experience, everyone wants to get top-dollar for his or her home and as such, most homeowners will put in the extra work to ensure no money is left on the table. While painting, small renovations, and general cleanup are on the bill for all homes on the market one area that should not be neglected is landscaping. The landscape is generally the first area that a person sees, and thus unkempt landscaping can make a home look unappealing and may be an indication of the upkeep within the home and/or within the walls of the home (were potential buyers can see!).

A helpful local Whitby landscaping contractor  took the time to discuss the matter with us, and so here we pass on the knowledge to you! Remember, landscaping that is up to par is required to boost buyer confidence and attain max sale price so read on.

Consider Containers Not Flowers

Planting new flowers is generally not a recommended step when selling your home, but rather you can really add some colour and flare to your property by using flower containers. Being easy to move around and reposition a container of flowers are also very easy in terms of care. Placing decorative containers filled with freshly planted flowers is a fantastic way to make your outdoor space look its finest.

Clean Everything

Clean all surfaces and elements you can. A few key areas to consider:

  • patio furniture
  • driveway
  • pots & planters
  • sidewalks, garden walks, paths

The best way to handle cleaning the majority of these items is by use of a power washer, simply rent one for a few hours and get to business. Make sure you do not blast items/objects that can be damaged, and definitely read all associated documentation – power washers can easily cause damage and/or harm. Some items can also be painted after they have dried, for instance a fresh coat of paint on planters or pots will make them look awesome.

Don’t Forget Basic Care

Mow your lawn and make your sod look great. If you need to, buy some fresh sod to fill in bare patches – ensure all shrubs and hedges are well cared for and trimmed to perfection. Adding mulch to certain areas is another fantastic way to improve the overall look of your home. Hiring a professional Whitby landscaping company is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your hedges look great and can help you with all other landscape care and grooming. Taking advantage of all of these easy steps is the best way to get top-dollar for your home.