What That Bargain Plumber Isn’t Telling You

So the drip drip drip of your faucet finally drove you crazy or you came home and the basement had turned into a makeshift hot spring…you picked the first name out of the Yellow Pages and now you’re (still) waiting on the repairman to show up and hopefully fix your issues. Don’t be surprised when you end up with another problem next month and next year and the year after that – here are a few things your ‘bargain’ plumber isn’t telling you (and a few more reasons to call in real professionals like Pell Plumbing):

 “I’m not actually a plumber, perse…” – Wait, what? You read that right: a large portion of the “plumbing” industry is made up of contractors and general handymen with a few plumber’s tools. It’s a scary thought but it’s great side money…just don’t expect them to know what they’re doing.

“Yeah, I’m not cleaning that up…” – That giant puddle of slimy green-brown goo? Don’t expect your plumber to help with the clean-up – if he miraculously stops the leak he’s getting his check and then he’s outta there.

“This was an easy fix…over the phone.” – You, the homeowner, are often able to fix the issue with a little friendly advice but hey, what kind of cut rate plumber’s making money off of free tips? The service fee alone was worth his trip out to your house.

“You’ve got a choice in all this, you know…” – When it comes to decisions about your plumbing be it ordering a new pipe or even changing the location of the whole sink, it’s up to you. If your plumber’s telling you it can’t be done or not even consulting with you when it comes to ordering parts, beware.

“Every customer’s got an ‘emergency,’ pal…” – You call in, knee deep in water expecting to incite as much alarm in your local plumber as you’re currently feeling and wouldn’t you know it you’re still 8th in line. The guy with the water heater leak is going to make your bargain professional just as much money as your tough, wet fix will so what incentive does he have to rush? Hint: none.

A plumbing problem whether an emergency or not is a stressful situation for any homeowner to be in but finding a reliable, knowledgeable Atlanta plumber is half the battle: that’s where Pell Plumbing comes in. When you trust your job to the real professionals you’re going to save yourself time and money in the long run – there are lots of home improvements it makes sense to go with the cheapest solution. Plumbing is not one of them.

7 Things That WILL Clog Your Pipes

Plumbers everywhere have horror stories galore of pulling full-sized action figures, Blackberrys and even clothing out of clogged drains, but what about the every day items you’re putting down your drains without even considering their impact? Your friends at Pell Plumbing want to gently remind you these items have no place in your drains but if they find themselves there anyway, give Pell a call.

Garbage Disposal No-Nos:

Pasta Noodles: Maybe you assume they’ll get chopped to bits but pasta expands in pipes just like in your stomach. It’s the number-one culprit of clogged family garbage disposals.

Bones: You’re either thinking “Bones! Who would do that?” or “Sure, why would I NOT put bones down my disposal?” If you’re in the latter group please just don’t for the sake of your sink.

Veggie Peels: Think twice about grinding those carrot peels or potato skins – they’re terrible for the gears on your disposal. Scrape into a bowl then trash them all instead to keep your sink working properly.

Toilet Troubles:

Toilet Paper: Huh? Mass marketing of ultra-soft and ultra-strong toilet paper has been great for consumer’s behinds but it’s terrible for finicky plumbing. Choose a mid-grade paper that’s not so strong it won’t dissolve easily…that’s how the toilet gets clogged.

Hair: You may think your toilet is hair free but think again. If you’ve got a small bathroom you may be shedding hair directly into the toilet and not even know it. Close the lid when you’re blow-drying or brushing your hair and whatever you do, don’t cut your hair over the toilet. That’s just asking for it.

Miscelanous Drain Pointers:

Bath Salts: Ladies, you may think they dissolve completely but many brands are so coarsely milled they stay the size of tiny pebbles – this means trouble when landing in your drain.

Washer Lint: That’s right, washer lint. Install a lint catcher (available a most hardware stores) on your washing machine drain as these kinds of clogs can wreak real havoc on your plumbing system. These are way worse than your run of the mill plunger clogs…

If you still find yourself with an immoveable clog after following these handy-dandy tips don’t hesitate to call Pell Plumbing. They’ll get you clog-free in a jiffy and hopefully identify the culprit so you can keep fighting the uphill battle that is not clogging your pipes.

9 Reasons to Love a Plumber’s Crack

Contacting Pell Plumbing the second your plumbing issue got out of hand was the right idea, but now you’re in the middle of your repair and, well, we’ve all been there, staring at the wrong side of a sweaty, tiny-pantsed man working tirelessly to fix the leak under the sink. The next time you find yourself in this predicament look at the bright side…

9. Positive Body Image: Feel good about your physique again when you at least confirm your pants aren’t working that hard.

8. Underwear…Model?: Preview different undergarments on a real live model. Are you sure you want to go with those plaid boxers after seeing them in action? Straining, pasty action?

7. Storage Facility: If you get in a bind feel free to store any manner of things in there…credit cards and even a pen to sign the check later are both fair game. Many plumbers like to be tipped this way so keep cash on hand! (Disclaimer: We do not endorse this tactic.)

6. Tan Line Inspection: The less defined your plumber’s butt-tan is the harder he’s working, right? If he’s got a swimsuit line all the way across he’s spending too much time at the beach and not enough time getting experience that will help him fix your sink.

5. Conversation Skill Builder: In a desperate attempt to think about anything other than his crack you’ll gain valuable experience making idle conversation with a stranger. Conversation that doesn’t involve anyone’s posterior.

4. Total Focus: At least you can rest in the fact that if your plumber’s working SOHARD they neglect to feel a cool breeze on their you-know-where they’re at least paying attention to your pipes.

3. Lax Dress Code: Seriously though, if your plumber shows his crack you don’t have to worry about changing out of your pajamas while he’s there.

2. Good Stories: Really, who doesn’t love a good “My plumber’s crack was so big…” story? You’ll have comedic gold to spin for at least three weeks.

1. You Hired a Plumber: The best part of being eye-to-eye with a plumber’s crack? Knowing he’s the one on his hands and knees pulling who knows what out of your drain.  Calling in Pell Plumbing to fix your plumbing issues gets you one step ahead of the game, even if it means a little more crack than you’re comfortable with.