Plumbing costs can be quite expensive, so here are some tips to keep your hard earned money in your wallet. These tips include finding a business that won’t overcharge you, maintaining your home’s plumbing to reduce the frequency/likelihood of a repair, and learning what problems can be dealt with on your own to bypass the cost of a plumber.

The first task is to take a step back and compare your plumber with others. Talk with friends and family to see if you are overspending on plumbing visits and make a change if needed. Once you are satisfied with your plumber and their cost, take actions into your own hands by making efforts to maintain your home’s plumbing. This includes placing drain strainers over shower/sink drains to reduce clogs and other buildup, check up on your water heater/softener, prepare for change in temperature, and more. Keep in mind, this is no replacement for an annual inspection! Many serious plumbing problems can remain under the surface, so you want an expert for that particular job.

Plumbing problems come in varying degrees of severity, so the last tip to save money on plumbing costs, is to know which ones you can DIY for a low cost, and which will require the immediate attention of a professional plumber. Some examples of issues you want to take immediately to an expert is any leak or bursting pipes. The cost of repairs and water damage cleanup can become extremely expensive the longer the problem exists, which is why a plumber is the better option. On the other hand, if you encounter a clog, or a toilet that won’t flush, or some other problem that isn’t time sensitive, take it as a chance to familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing system as well as save money on plumbing costs!