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Choosing a Plumbing Contractor

Plumbing problems can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, ruin years’ worth of personal property, and displace the residents of your home or business in mere seconds. As soon as you suspect a plumbing issue, it’s probably time to call a professional. But finding a reliable, trustworthy plumber for your home or business can be a challenge. That’s where HomePro Match comes in. Our plumbers are comprehensively vetted based on customer reviews, valid licenses, and one-on-one conversations with our matchmakers. You can trust HomePro Match contractors with your clogged drain, frozen or burst pipes, and 24-hour emergency plumbing issues.

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What is a journeyman plumber?

In order for a plumber to work alone, they must complete a certain number of requirements. Journeyman plumbers have completed an educational program, and 5 years of apprenticeship that includes on-the-job training with a Master plumber. Master plumbers have 7-10 years of industry experience and education. But what can a journeyman do that other plumbers can’t? A journeyman can bid for contracts on their own, hire unskilled apprentices, and install pipes for various systems, depending on their state of hire.

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How to find out if a plumber is licensed?

Luckily, any plumber you hire through HomePro Match needs a current working license as of their partnering with our program. It’s always a good idea, however, to check reviews, and request proof of a plumbing license before they begin working in your home.

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How do I know if a pipe has burst?

First, prevent pipes from freezing by paying close attention to the forecast and keeping your home at the appropriate temperature. Even if your main living spaces are comfortable, always consider what temperature the unheated areas may be. These include basements, attics, and other behind-the-scenes spaces that may be hiding plumbing pipes. If you expect a pipe may have burst, take a thorough walk through your home, paying close attention to kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with active plumbing. Common signs of a burst or frozen pipe include water rings, pooled water, dripping water, smells, frost, and of course, a flood.

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How do I know if I have hard water?

Hard water isn’t ideal for your best hair, skin, or clothing washes. Hard water isn’t harmful to anyone but can make your soap and plumbing system less efficient as it’s full of minerals that can build up in pipes and make it harder for soap to dissolve. Hard water stains appear like a film of soap scum, and as this residue layers on top of itself, the stains become harder to remove.

Think you may have hard water? There are a few DIY tests you can conduct before you call your local plumber for a full evaluation. There are other DIY methods to test the hardness of your water, including contacting a local professional for a free testing kit.

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Do I need to replace my washing machine?

Washing machines are not built to last forever. The general estimate for the lifespan of a residential washing machine is between 10 and 15 years. The sheer number of gallons of water a washing machine cycles is astounding, but as long as you know the signs of a failing washing machine before it totally taps out, you’ll be able to prepare.

Common signs that your washing machine may need replacing include leaks from the drum and piping, along with musty and moldy odors. If your washing machine bangs around or makes loud noises frequently, this can also be a good indicator that it’s time to start looking for a replacement. If your washing machine is nowhere near 10 years old and is showing signs of problems, get in touch with the manufacturer or a repair specialist via HomePro Match.

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What is plumbing?

A plumbing system is a series of pipes and output fixtures designed to route usable water to a residence. Plumbing is also responsible for removing water waste from a residence. The components of a residential plumbing system include pipes, toilets, sinks, dishwashers, washing machines, showers, baths, and drains.

Plumbing can be traced back to the Egyptians who installed copper piping in pyramids, and even to clay pipes made before Egyptian times. Modern plumbing, originating in the early 1800’s, was relatively basic, but stricter health regulations and modern science helped to create the public sewer systems, tubs, and running water that we enjoy in today’s U.S.

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