Imagine this: a plumber at your door in muddy shoes and dirty jeans or a nicely dressed company’s representative in a branded overall and in clean boots with shoes covers? Everything else being equal, I bet you would pick up the second one. No brainer, right? Taking the time to care about your outer appearance means that they will pay the same attention to detail when they work at your home. Many presentable plumbers tell me the same thing time and again: “If you dress well, with a good haircut, cut nails, clean boots and all, that shows your customer that you will take the same care and attention to your customers and their homes”. Same applies to the way you talk on the phone with your customers. Nice, friendly and professional attitude will keep your customers coming to your business instead of going to one of your competitors. It is not hard at all. Just do it the right way the first time, and then just maintain your appearance. Use my four-point guide to look your best every single time: Cut your nails and keep them short. Keep your hands and nails clean and remove any dirt or debris daily. Cut your hair short. If you loathe going to the barbershop, you can easily maintain your look at home with a trimmer or hair clipper. It used to be a bit messy experience with all the hair in the bathroom, but not anymore. I use a vacuum hair trimmer and it has been a real gamechanger for me! Keep your clothes clean. Better yet, wear a shirt with your company’s logo. Makes a good impression, and you might get more business from the neighbors who have seen you. Wear shoe covers. I can’t stress that enough. Walking with your […]

Since plumbing is one of the most important parts of our home, it is a good idea to know how to make sure that serious problems such as accidental flooding do not happen. Here are some tips to prevent serious problems with your plumbing: Make sure you look at the small tell-tale signs of impending bigger problems, such as a leak in the faucet or radiator, a shifting or rocking toilet, moisture in places where it isn’t supposed to be wet. Take these small matters seriously and either try DIY repair yourself or find a plumber to fix the small problem which could lead to a big one which will not only be more expensive to fix, but can literally ruin your home. If a problem occurs, the first thing to do is to shut the main water supply valve for the room or house to prevent flooding. Stop the water flow to the failed appliance by turning the shut off valve to them as well. To prevent overflowing toilets, find the sewer valve and turn it. Take care of some of the simpler problems by yourself. Use plungers, sewer snakes and a pipe wrench to unclog drains, toilets or fix tiny leaks. If you live in a cold climate, you probably know how to keep the plumbing safe by insulating the plumbing to keep the water inside it freezing and breaking the pipes. Put insulating caps so any outdoor fixtures. Keep the cabinets below the sinks open to let the warmer air in your home keep the pipes from freezing. If the plumbing does freeze, first of all close the main water supply valve, and open a faucet closest to the frozen area. Use a hairdryer to heat up the pipe starting closest to the faucet. Be careful when […]

Everybody has encountered leaks or other problems which require calling a plumber, but did you know that you can deal with some of the most common plumbing problems by yourself? Here are some simple plumbing tasks you can handle by yourself: A leaky faucet. First of all, find instructions online for taking your type of faucet apart. The best sources are the many YouTube DIY videos available, or use the many useful DIY websites, such as: Instructables or DIY network. Installing a new faucet. Your new faucet will come with instructions. But before buying a new one, why not take the faulty part to your local hardware store and ask with some assistance for a replacement part? Clogged drains. First of all, make sure you have taken all precautions to avoid getting clogged drains. Some of the preventive measures include using a hair catcher in the sink and shower drains, avoid pouring grease and food in your drain, and use the garbage disposal properly. But if you have a clogged drain, then you can try removing the debris with a plunger or a cable auger. Try unclogging it with natural products, such as baking soda and white vinegar. A running toilet tank. This is a common problem which in most cases is caused by the floater valve. You can replace it, or better off – the entire assembly. It is a simple task, and there are video and printed instructions available online as well Replacing the kitchen sink sprayer is very easy, especially if it is just the nozzle which needs replacing. All you have to do is make sure you get the appropriate replacement. Take the old one to the hardware store and ask for the proper one to buy. Replacing a showerhead is easy, just make sure you […]