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Preconceived Notions About the Plumbing Trade | Tips from Your Mesa, AZ Plumber

Preconceived Notions About the Plumbing Trade | Tips from Your Mesa, AZ Plumber

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With cellular phones becoming more widely used and people having easy access to the internet, people are using the information that they find online to become self-sufficient experts. A lot of people think that if they can watch brief how-to videos, then they are not in need of a professional. The creator of the video that states that they are an expert in the topic or field they are discussing (like being a plumber) may or may not be. You do not know the reliability of a source from watching a short video that they made or reading an article that they wrote. What could possibly go wrong if you do what they suggest?

When it comes to the plumbing in your Mesa, AZ home, a lot can go wrong. Even though you can get some help from online sources, one of the biggest problems that a plumber deals with on a regular basis is fighting against the misinformation about their career field. They can be found just about anywhere on the Internet, even right along with trustworthy plumbing advice and tips. There are myths that are constantly repeated as well as misconceptions that have been around for a long time. These ideas are repeated on a regular basis and by a lot of people that they are often thought of as “common sense,” even by those of us that ought to know better.

These misconceptions are widely spread that are harmful to the plumbing trade as well as the reputation of many professionals. 

Being a Plumber Is Easy: It is very sad that a lot of people misjudge how complex the plumbing in their Mesa, AZ. home is. They do not give enough credit to the career field of plumbers that install plumbing equipment and repair it when it is in need of repair as well. They view the field of plumbing “in basic terms” that basically involves water going through pipes.

The truth is that being a professional involves “complex engineering problems” that requires being an expert in chemistry and physics. They have to think about how pressure that is exerted by gases and liquids and what impact it has on pipes and how various construction materials can affect the quality of your plumbing. 

For all of the reasons, a professional is a lot more than a “person that unclogs a drain.” They have to either participate in a very strenuous apprenticeship or vocational program and they have to pass the required state tests in order to get their license and complete additional training in order to get the certifications that they have to have in order to do more specialized work. The phrase “typical” plumber does not exist because there is a great variety of specialties in the field of plumbing.

A Handyman Is Just as Good as a Professional: A lot of people have heard a well-intentioned family member or friend tell them not to call a professional because they can fix their plumbing issue for a lot less money. Even though this advice comes with the best of intentions, those words make every plumber that has ever heard them shudder. Oftentimes, people that have some experience in the field of construction choose to install or repair plumbing for a low price. Just like the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

If you are lucky, the quality of the work that they do will be badly done and need to be repaired by a professional when it falls apart. In the worst cases, installations or repairs that are done by a handyman may actually fail to notice that they are looking over very important health and safety requirements. This can lead to a lot of damage being done to your Mesa, AZ home or even hazards to the health of you and your family.

Hiring a professional that is licensed and professional will not only guarantee that the work will be done the way that it should be, but that it will also comply with local regulatory requirements. Since every reputable professional has insurance, you do not have to be concerned about any issues that may come up during your plumbing installations or repairs because they will be covered by their insurance.

Plumbers Charge Too Much for Parts: When a plumbing service provides you with an itemized list for the parts that you need as well as the labor costs, people regularly only focus on what the parts cost. Many people think that plumbers charge too much for parts that a customer could have bought for themselves for not as much money. 

In reality, the truth is that you are not paying for what the parts cost, you are paying for the expertise and experience of the professionals and the support that makes it possible for them to do their job the way that they should. The plumbing industry is not an easy career field to be in that comes with many expenses that are not known to the general public. These expenses include overhead, insurance requirements, paying their employees, storing their parts, licensing, and ongoing technical training, it can be quite costly to get a plumbing expert to come out to your Mesa, AZ home to begin with.

You Only Need a Plumber When There Is a Plumbing Emergency: People often ignore plumbing problems because they do not really appear to be a problem. Sadly, what starts out as a small problem can quickly turn into a bigger one. Leaky pipes lead to moldy ceilings and drains that run slow can clog up when you have guests over for dinner. 

To avoid situations that can be dangerous and costly, it is a good idea to have minor plumbing issues taken care of as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to have regular plumbing inspections not only for your peace of mind, but also because the plumbing company that you choose will know about the history of plumbing issues in your home, installations, and repairs that allow technicians to respond to your plumbing issues more effectively. Even though there are up-front costs for such services, preventive maintenance will offset the cost of costly repairs in the future, especially when it comes to avoid more serious problems.

These preconceived notions about the plumbing trade are very wrong. Schroeder Plumbing will really and truly care for your Mesa, AZ home with the care and respect that comes with their career field.