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 […]

Even though many people enjoy DIY improvements and small repairs around the house or property, there are some tasks which are best left to the professionals. It is important to know your boundaries, competency and limitations before starting a substantial repair job at home. As far as the plumbing is concerned, there are some tips to look for when considering which type of plumbing problem requires professional plumbing care. First of all, it is a good idea to know your limit and consider which project is too big for you to do. When the repair jobs are extensive, it is a good idea to call a plumber, because chances are you will do more damage than good if you try doing it yourself. Also if you live in an older house with an old plumbing system, it is highly likely that you will have more problems with the plumbing system because of the clogging with minerals and other debris as well as others. It is advisable to seek out professional help, because you can cause very serious damage if you attempt to handle the problem by yourself. Professionals first and foremost know very well what they are doing. Secondly, they are well equipped – they wear good protective equipment (good goggles, durable work overall, safety gloves and comfortable work boots) and the possibility of injuries is minimal. Don’t attempt to expand or modify your pipelines by yourself, especially if the pipes are copper and you need to use a propane torch to weld them. This is very dangerous if you are not a professional! So, for any modifications on the plumbing system, such as extending hot water lines or changing the sewer pipes, find a professional. If you are able to get a good quote for a plumbing job – […]

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 […]