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Tips For Choosing The Right Plumber For Your Next Project

By On February 1, 2012 No Comments

If you experience a problem that requires plumbing services such as a malfunctioning faucet, a clogged toilet, or a pipe burst, it is imperative that you deal with a recognized plumber. There are various reasons for which you may want to choose a reliable plumber to do the job, one of them being the quality of the plumbing job and second is the cost for the plumbing service. Another aspect that is of paramount importance is the security issues in your home.
 
Remember that you are calling a person to do plumbing job in your home, and you may never know he may be coming to survey the security level in your premises and the valuables you have in there. Following are some of the considerations that you can use, while choosing a plumber

  • Ask your neighbors and friends- You can call your trusted neighbors and friends and see if they have any plumber in mind who might have offered them good plumbing services. This way you are likely to get a recommended plumber to solve your plumbing problem.
  • Peruse through your local directory – You are likely to get a series of plumbing services from your local directory. A correct search including the area you reside, can give you a number of companies or self-employed individuals who are licensed commercial plumbing service providers. From this list, you can choose the best that you think offers the best affordable services.
  • Contact a contractor you know- If you know of any builder or contractor, you can call this professional. Builders work closely with plumbers and they are more likely to know of a reputable plumber who can fix your problem. Getting recommended plumber is the main aim.
  • Consult a real estate agent- You can consult a real estate agent in your city because these experts deal with plumbers too. They may be able to help you get the right plumber to attend to your plumbing needs.
  • Request for plumber’s license number- In order to be pretty sure that the plumber you are engaging is able to complete the job professionally, you need to deal with licensed plumbers.
  • Get a price quote before you hire- The plumber may visit your home to evaluate the plumbing work or you may explain over the phone the kind of problem you have and the work expected.  A plumbing work that requires breaking through the wall to reach the leaking pipes can entail more work than expected.
  • Request for a warranty of the job- It is essential that you request for warranty of the job should the work not be done satisfactory.

In a nutshell, when you are choosing an emergency plumber, there are many things you need to consider before you can close the plumbing deal. This will not only ensure that the plumbing service is correctly provided but also you deal with trusted person for security reasons. This will also ensure that you settle on the cost of the plumbing services.


Animal Damage from Racoons: How to Prevent It

By On October 23, 2011 No Comments

Racoons may be admired for their intelligence and cleverness, but it is these qualities that can help them damage your home considerably, sometimes, even beyond repair. The damage that is caused can be costly. Racoons are medium sized animals with an ideal weight between 12 and 20 lbs which makes it difficult to get rid of them. Add to that, their intelligence and ability to move fast; this can cause more problems. So how do you make your house safe from these nocturnal animals?

Racoons are known to make their places of refuge in attics, roofs and chimney and even in places like bedrooms which
are often uninhabited. Since they have sharp paws that can rip open cans, door latches, jars etc, just patching the entry hole to prevent them from coming out of their dens will not work. You have to remove every possible trace of raccoon including their fur and feces (both while ingested can cause organ malfunction, loss of muscle control and even death) and seal the entire building from any future entry. This is likely going to require you to hire a specialty cleaning company that handles repairs to homes from animal damage.

Look out for baby raccoons; they are mostly found between March and June, the time when mother raccoons give birth and raise their children under a house, in an area that is drier than rest of the places. If you find a litter of baby raccoons, it is better to wait for about eight weeks till they are young adults.

Close the chimney by putting a chimney cap. Racoons usually enter the chimney thinking it is a big hollow tree, to give birth to their young. Block such areas that allow entry to the mother raccoons. Trash cans, can be moved to an indoor area like garage. Racoons also enter along the tree branches that give them access to the roof and other parts of the house.

Do not keep pet food outside; this is like an open invitation. Feed food and water to your pets indoors. You can use a quarter inch hardware cloth to cover attic vents. Put a porcupine wire around the edges of the roofs, downspouts in order to thwart the entry of the raccoon along the roof. You can also keep a 1 inch space between the points of each row. You can also douse 2 o 3 tennis balls with ammonia and throw them at the place where the mother raccoon is nesting its young. The smell of ammonia will make their existence unlivable and they will soon relocate to another place.

Check with a local wildlife can rescue group and find out if they can be of aid to flush out raccoons from your house. Go through the laws in your state before trying to trap these animals because in some states, it is illegal to do so. So it is better to get in touch with an animal control organization to find out the right line of action to take.