5 reasons to call a New York plumber
Did you know that more than 1,500 Angie's List members in the New York tri-state area search for plumbing service companies each month? It's no wonder, as repairing or improving a home's plumbing are tasks best left to a professional.
A home's indoor plumbing provides drinking water, the ability to wash clothes, dishes and, yes, even ourselves. Plumbing issues that cut off a homeowner's access to clean, temperature-controlled indoor water can have a significant negative impact. What's more, it’s important that a homeowner be alert to the possibility of developing problems by checking for the presence of leaks, odors and mold, all of which can damage your home or components within it.
Although some problems can be remedied by a handy homeowner with some DIY skills, others, like the ones that follow, definitely require the expertise of a licensed plumber:
- Water line replacement: Nothing lasts forever, and sometimes the entire water line in an older home needs to be replaced. Because of local codes, state laws and the fact that turning off the water at the main valve requires a special “street key,” which only licensed plumbers have, this is a job for a professional.
- Clogged main drain lines: This can stop the flow of wastewater to the septic tank, causing it to back up to the sinks, tubs and toilets. It also spreads undesirable odors around the house. This can be a messy job you don’t want to tackle yourself.
- Gas line leak: A plumber may not be the first person you think of for this problem, but this is the guy you need. A professional not only has the costly equipment necessary to do the job, but he has the knowledge and expertise to perform the work safely and to code.
- Leaks: Sometimes, it can be a challenge to find the source of the leak that is driving up your monthly bill. It can be as simple as an exterior faucet that leaks or a toilet that constantly runs. Whatever the issue, a plumber can locate the leak and fix the problem.
- Water heater or water softener installation: Sometimes a heater or water softener needs to be installed, replaced or serviced. A professional can do this job quickly and correctly.
Indoor water quality has a dramatic impact on health and sanitation, so it's important that you hire a licensed plumber. In conjunction with checking references and consumer reviews, use the following resources to verify a potental plumber holds the proper license:
- In New York City: Visit NYC's Department of Buildings' website to verify your NYC plumber holds the proper credentials. For residents of cities outside the Big Apple, check with your local building department for plumber licensing.
- In New Jersey: The state's Division of Consumer Affairs oversees plumbing licenses on a statewide basis. Visit their website's general Licensee Directory website to verify a plumber's license.
- In Connecticutt: Plumbers and pipefitters are regulated by Connecticutt's Department of Consumer Protection. Online verification of a plumber's license can be found on the state's License Lookup website.