When hiring a plumber, a plumbing contractor, or a specialist, a homeowner should consider many things. Some you may think of, some you may not.
In our first post in the plumber/contractor series, we examined how to find quality plumbers and plumbing contractors.
Next we looked at the differences between plumbers and plumbing contractors — we address both specifically here — and the types of specialty plumbing available.
We conclude the series by examining what homeowners should consider when hiring a plumber, a plumbing contractor, a contractor/company, or specialist.
Not long ago a reader commented on the How To Series — thank you very much, by the way — but we, unfortunately, didn’t answer his question.
Plumbing, we cordially explained, is so immense that we’re only getting started. Plumbing isn’t like, say, HVAC — heating, ventilation, and air conditioning — that is essentially a system outside (the AC), one inside (the furnace for heat), and vents that deliver cool or heated air to each room.
Plumbing is an entire ecosystem of pipes, fittings, and connections that attach to all sorts of fixtures and plumbing “appliances” throughout the home. It’s complicated and something that most homeowners rarely mess with.
Some repairs or upgrades Do It Yourselfers (DIYers) can do themselves and some are better left to professional plumbers or plumbing contractors. We raise various topics here in order to inform homeowners and aspiring DIYers and let them decide if it’s something they want to tackle or if it’s better to call the a plumber.
So, that said, we return to the How To and answer the dear reader’s question of how to install a shower stall.
Hard water isn’t the end of the world, but it is annoying — those crusty deposit on faucets, that nasty scum on shower doors and tiles (no matter how hard you scrub), and the constant dry-feeling skin.
So, if you’re tired of dealing with hard water and the temporary fixes you’ve tired to deal with it, it may be time to consider a more permanent fix.
In this post we look at water softeners, what they are, what you should consider when buying one, and how they work.