What sort of plumber should you hire?
When it comes to deciding what type of plumbing professional you should hire when something goes wrong in your home or office, it is likely to depend on the kind of work you need doing.
A commercial plumber deals with big scale waste removal and water supply systems for all kinds of businesses. These companies are big and well established with many staff working for them. Maintenance work normally done by commercial plumbers include dealing with drain stoppages and repairing broken sewer lines. Installing fixtures at business premises normally takes longer than at home and normally you will get more than one plumber working on the job. They make sure that all the water systems are functioning properly in an organisation including the water filter systems, repairing and replacing where necessary. Such plumbers will also be required to install systems that prevent blockages in the pipes. Commercial plumbers often have to attend immediately to plumbing emergencies such as when pipes bursts as if unattended they can cause serious problems to the building’s water supply and cause major disruption to businesses.
He will probably do boiler repairs and servicing such as checking that the controls on the boiler are working fine and that the components are clean and in good working order. He would inspect things like the flu terminal to see that it is not obstructed in any way and that the gas burner is working well. A local plumber will probably come round to your house once a year to service your boiler and make sure that any problems are identified before they become serious ones. He will also, while he is there, look at your radiators and check that the heat is being evenly distributed and would probably recommend that you bleed your radiators if you don’t already do so. A good local plumber Balham will monitor the carbon monoxide levels in a house and recommend you to buy one yourself. Many local plumbers will install bathrooms and even do the tiling! So their services tend to be quite varied. If you use your local plumber on a regular basis you will be on first name terms with him by now and that gives you peace of mind knowing him and trusting him to always do a good job for you.
Their main strength is having the experience and knowledge of repairing the same systems. They usually employ staff and work not only locally but nationally as well. Due to their size they often can afford to use the latest innovations in technology.
Some plumbers specialise in lead pipe repairs, replacing old pipes with a more environmentally friendly MDPE (medium density polyethylene) pipes. Many old houses still use lead pipes and very tiny amounts of lead make their way into the tap water so lead repair specialists provide a worthwhile service. They use the latest equipment which enables them to install the newer safer pipework in no time at all. They specialise in all water related matters and some can detect leaks using very modern listening equipment.
Septic tank specialists – They have an in depth knowledge of water disposal fields and they provide regular septic tank emptying services, making sure that septic tanks run well and reducing the chances of them getting blocked or overflowing. They will also empty the cesspool which is linked to the septic tank. As the gases and bacteria inside the tank are dangerous it requires specialists to deal effectively with it. These plumbers use the latest technology for the cleaning and inspection of tanks.