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Things To Consider When Hiring a Professional Plumber

Even with so many DIYers trying their hand at home repairs these days, there are occasions when it is still necessary to call a professional. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing issues. Unless you are dealing with a simple clog, calling a professional to deal with most problems is a smart move, and can save you money in the end. But how do you choose a good, reliable plumber? Below are a few key things to look for when hiring one.

Find out if he or she is certified. Plumbing is regulated by the government, so plumbers are required to meet state regulations and be certified. A licensed plumber will be current on state codes, and have the experience to deal with whatever issues arise. It is important that they not only be licensed, but be bonded and insured.  No matter how knowledgeable or experienced a plumber may be, mistakes can be made by the best, and accidents are just a part of life. Therefore it is critical that they are bonded and insured so that any expenses will be covered in the event of an peteontruck-547x620accident.

Check reviews and/or get referrals. In this technological age there are several online sites that provide reviews and feedback about companies. By contacting your local Better Business Bureau, you can find out how a company is rated, whether there have been any reports filed and how the company resolved those issues. You can also ask companies directly for customer referrals which can give you insight into a company’s reliability, experience, and customer service.

Seek out estimates from different companies. The next step is to make certain you secure between two and three estimates from reputable companies. Most estimates will require an onsite visit to determine the work that needs to be done to provide a proper estimate. Note that phone or online estimates — or simply viewing a photo of the problem — can result in an inaccurate estimates.

Dealing with a plumbing problem, or a remodeling project can be stressful on its own. So, take the time to research area plumbers before making a final hiring decision. Be certain you find a professional that you feel comfortable working with, and trust to do the best job possible.

Have more questions? Call us- we’d love to help! Call the professionals at Go Green Plumbing at 336-252-2999 for service 7 days a week/24 hours a day.  If water runs through it – We Do It!

Cleaning with natural, home-made household cleaners by Go Green Plumbing

Recently we discussed some of the problems with using harsh household cleaners. So, if we want to use less harmful cleaners, where do we find them or can we make them ourselves? All we need to do is take a short step back in time to see what our mothers and our grandmothers used for cleaning supplies. And, you may be surprised to find, that you have some of these in your cupboards and pantries right now.download

White vinegar, baking soda and Borax? Who of us hasn’t heard of these items? Well, white vinegar isn’t just for cleaning your coffee maker, and baking soda has way more uses than keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh. White vinegar can be used as an all purpose cleaner for kitchens and baths. Don’t like the smell? Try adding tea tree or citrus essential oils. Not only do they help neutralize the vinegar smell, but they also have great antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits which make them great to use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

Baking soda combined with vinegar can be used as a drain cleaner. Mix a 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda and pour into your drain. Follow up with a 1/4 cup baking soda washed down your drains every week or so to prevent buildup and clogs. Making a paste of baking soda and water can remove stains from shower grout and be used as an oven cleaner. It can also be used to freshen carpet, laundry, trash cans and more. If you start looking you will find that it can be a great household cleaner to have on hand.

But what about Borax? Some might think that it would be unsafe, but it is a naturally occurring mineral that isn’t absorbed through the skin, doesn’t accumulate in the body and is safe for the environment. You also might not know of its many cleaning benefits. It can be used as a carpet cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, tub and shower cleaner, rust remover, and much more.

Along with the above items, essential oils are gaining in popularity for their many health benefits and cleaning uses. Besides adding a wonderful scents to our homes, they are great germicides, antibacterials, antiseptics and degreasers. Using these in home-made cleaners will keep our homes germ free and smelling like the outdoors. So, take a step outside your norm, do a little research, and you’ll find that you can make your cleaning process a healthier one for you, your home, and the environment.