So you want to be a plumber in Philadelphia, better come ready.

clearing a drain - Plumbing Service in PhiladelphiaThinking about getting into the plumbing industry? There’s more to it than just having a few tools and a great personality, it takes a follow-through focused mindset with a heart towards customer service before you ever connect the first pipe; if you expect to succeed in this industry.

In the plumbing industry, which includes services such as: water leak repairs, garbage disposal repair, faucet installation, sewer & drain jetting, toilet repair and more; it’s not how many new plumbing companies start up every year… as how many are going out of business. This industry (according to various internet searches, articles and statistical quotes) sees 48% of plumbing companies failing in the first year of business, 60% fail by their 5th year; leaving only seven 7% of reported plumbing company start-ups to survive over 10 years. You might think that they just gave it a good run… but what about the impact of leaving all those customers with worthless warranties?  

To make it in this industry as long as IFixdit, LLC -Plumbing and Drains  has, serving the great residents in, and around the Philadelphia area for so many years; it not only takes a process of dedication and knowledge to achieve the standards of this industry; you must be willing to set the high standard.

In this article we will address some of the mainstays of the plumbing industry as well as the key elements that has made iFixdit Plumbing well known to the citizens of the Philadelphia area.

NOTE FROM THE OWNER: There are a series of skills that are necessary for a successful plumbing business in the Philadelphia area. While some plumbers excel in certain areas, it is important to constantly push yourself to excel in all areas of this industry. With building and zoning codes changing, housing markets fluctuating and the media constantly pushing green technology; it is important to be willing to learn new things, without giving up the time honored workmanship that experts in this industry are known for.

Plumbers Need To Put The Customer First

Working with people is the first step of becoming a successful plumber for the Philadelphia area. If you are not able to work with customers, exceed their expectations, understand their concerns and put yourself in their shoes; it will be very difficult to earn their trust and repeat business. Often times, plumbers will enjoy to talk above the customer, using technical plumbing industry terms that the average customer would not understand.

While this practice is common, it does not build good customer relations. The plumber is the expert; part of your job is to explain the plumbing process in such a way that your customer will FEEL like a plumbing expert too. This level of customer service builds a level of trust and understanding that will see your customers sharing your information with their friends and family members in the Philadelphia area.

 

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Drain Clearing - Plumbing Service in PhiladelphiaPlumbers Need to be Proficient in Many Areas

A plumber needs to make sure that he is adequately trained, certified and skilled in a variety of different areas: HVAC, plumbing, general construction, electrical, cabinetry, flooring, roofing… the list goes on. As within different plumbing tasks, such as water heater installation, water line repair and leak detection; the plumber will need to work with these, and other areas, to make sure that the plumbing task can be completed without the need of subcontractors or substandard workmanship.

While it is true that plumbing principles of these different disciplines can be taught; it is also true that it takes a mechanical minded person to be properly understood. Let’s face it, you either have it or you don’t; schools and training courses can teach the basic principles of plumbing however, it takes that mechanical mind to understand how plumbing, and other areas of home-improvement and repair, fit together.

A Good Plumber Needs Time Management Skills

A good plumber in the Philadelphia area should be able to effectively manage their schedule to be productive for their employees and for their customers. Showing up on time has high marks to many customers; identifying respect, but it goes further than that. Because the Philadelphia area is a constantly changing, diverse and growing market; a successful plumber may find themselves with dozens of projects to complete within a specific amount of time. Being able to balance your time correctly, making sure that these jobs get done as promised; will be paramount to ensure success.

Owner - Plumbing Service in PhiladelphiaPlumbers Need to be Properly Licensed, Bonded and Insured

A failure in the plumbing industry is when plumbers and plumbing companies do not take the time to be properly licensed, bonded and insured. Often the failure rate of plumbing companies in the Philadelphia area can be linked back to poor workmanship that led to a lawsuit that either financially wiped out the company or damaged the reputation beyond repair. By being properly licensed, bonded and insured you are letting your customer know that you’ve taken the proper steps to not only protect your own company, but their interests as well. It also means that you have been able to demonstrate to different local, state and federal agencies that you have competent contracting skills; providing your customer with some peace of mind.

Experience Does Matter

IFixdit, LLC -Plumbing and Drains has been serving Philadelphia as a professionally licensed and registered plumbing company for years. Our unique blend of customer service combined with experience serving the residents of Philadelphia, has created a reputation within our community of many satisfied customers. Whether you are having trouble with your water heater or need a simple drain unclogged, rest assured that our registered master plumbers are ready to get the job done.

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Who should I call to replace my water heater in Philadelphia?

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If you have found yourself in a situation where it appears that the water heater in your Philadelphia area home is in need of replacing, the question may be asked: “Who should I call to replace my water heater?” This indeed is a valid question because if you search Google for “water heater replacement in Philadelphia” Google will show you independent contractors, construction companies, home-improvement services, handyman services, HVAC services and plumbing services all saying that they are the best when it comes to water heater replacement in Philadelphia.

As a Full Service Master Plumber specializing in the repair and replacement of hot water heaters in Philadelphia, our view might be a little biased; however there’s a reason why a plumbing service is the right choice for the replacement or repair of your water heater:

A professional plumber can tell you if your water heater really needs to be replaced.

With so many of these other types of companies out representing themselves as a water heater replacement service in Philadelphia, you must wonder if replacement is always the best option. Because of these handyman and remodeling services are not trained and experienced in diagnosis, replacement really is their only option; however, when you utilize the services of a master plumber you may find that options are available.

As an experienced, full service, master plumber; iFixdit LLC would never recommend the replacement of a water heater unless the following conditions exist:

  • The frequency of repair for your water heater is excessive (More than 1 service call per year)
  • The efficiency level of the water heater clearly affecting the utility bill.
  • The estimated cost of a water heater repair is greater than 40% of the cost of a new water heater.
  • You have had a recent bathroom addition or plumbing update that might strain the current size of your water heater.

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We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured Plumbing Service

So many companies in the Philadelphia area are out representing themselves as a capable plumbing service, but most have not taken the time to protect your investment and the reputation of their company by becoming properly licensed bonded and insured.

While there are licensing & certifications necessary to become a master plumber, these certifications do not protect you in the event that an incident should occur. Being sure that you have a plumbing company that have taken the proper steps to become properly licensed, bonded and insured for the Philadelphia area means that your hiring a company that cares about its reputation and integrity within the Philadelphia community.

They’re probably going to call us anyway…

It’s an unfortunate truth in the industry that many independent contractors, home remodeling services, etc. will pull a little bit of bait and switch when it comes to water heater replacements for your Philadelphia home. Many simply do not have the certifications necessary in Philadelphia to properly perform water heater replacements, so they’ll call a certified master plumber; and you get to pay the marked up bill. Naturally this type of third-party direction will cost more than simply contacting a locally owned and operated professional plumbing service.

Experience Does Matter

IFixdit, LLC -Plumbing and Drains has been serving Philadelphia as a professionally licensed and registered plumbing company for years. Our unique blend of customer service combined with experience serving the residents of Philadelphia, has created a reputation within our community of many satisfied customers. Whether you are having trouble with your water heater or need a simple drain unclogged, rest assured that our registered master plumbers are ready to get the job done.

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Around the house plumbing tips when selling your house (part two)

Laundry Room Plumbing - Plumbing Service in Philadelphia

In the previous article we discussed some of the key areas when dealing with the condition of the plumbing and fixtures when selling your Philadelphia home. Certainly, the kitchen and bathroom are at the top of the list because of the impact that they have for potential home buyers. These are also the two rooms that are used the most in your Philadelphia area home so they should, by default, be the areas that receive the most attention. After that however, there are other very important plumbing areas to focus on when looking to give the very best presentation to  potential buyers, realtors or inspectors.

The Laundry Room – Plumbing

The laundry room is one of those little “dirty secrets” that we all have in our Philadelphia area homes. Usually these smaller spaces are positioned out of sight and can often be out of mind as well when it comes to regular cleaning and maintenance. If you are selling your home with the washer and dryer appliances, be sure that they are in good working condition and aesthetically look good as well.

Dryers are prone to rust, because of the heating and cooling process, after just a few years; which can naturally be a hindrance to the impression your home brings to a potential home buyer. Be sure to carefully inspect the plumbing of the washer and, if equipped, the laundry room sink. These often neglected areas can drip over a period of time causing damage to drywall or leaving stains on concrete.

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Take Time to Clean the Drains

The drains of any Philadelphia area home are the little pits of despair where dirt, grime, slime, chemicals, hair and everything else seem to get deposited. Over a period of time this debris can build up on the inside of your pipes causing drains to slow or clog altogether.

It is always a great idea when you’re considering selling the home to have a professional plumber come in to inspect and properly clean the drains. Be sure to take into account any basement drains as well as it often gets missed.

 

Sprinklers - Plumbing Service in PhiladelphiaPlumbing in The Yard

The Yard of your Philadelphia area home may be as simple as a single outdoor spigot all the way up and through built-in irrigation. Be sure to check that the outdoor water spigots function properly and can be shut off completely without additional pressure needing to be applied. If you have an irrigation system, be sure that it is functioning properly and that the sprinkler heads are without damage. It’s also a good idea while in the yard to take a pressure washer and clean up any unsightly stains on the driveway or sidewalk.

Trust your Local Plumbing Service in Philadelphia

iFixdit, LLC -Plumbing and Drain is a Master certified plumber providing plumbing services to the Philadelphia area. Our years of experience in the plumbing industry has taught us that having a business that is successful means more than just being a good plumber, but it takes being a good company as well. Customer service and integrity are the first standards to establish a quality craftsmanship and long-term relationship with the great residents of Philadelphia. When experience matters, be sure to contact iFixdit, LLC… your hometown professional plumbing service.

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Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Water in Glass - Plumbing Service PhiladelphiaIn parts of the Philadelphia area it’s not uncommon to see issues with hard water deposits. In a previous article we looked at how these deposits can build up in the shower and sink faucets causing a decrease in water pressure; in this article we’ll look at where these deposits are coming from.

Hard Water and Soft Water

You may have heard the terms: hard water and soft water. These terms are used to describe mineral content for the water in your Philadelphia home. These minerals are usually lime, calcium and magnesium and occur naturally in tap water, depending on where the water is coming from. The more of these minerals, the harder the water. According to the United States Geological Survey there are four categories of hard water classifications:

  • Soft Water – water that contains less than 61 mg/L of mineral deposits
  • Moderately Hard Water – water that contains 61 through 120 mg/L of mineral deposits
  • Hard Water – water that contains 120 through one 80 mg/L of mineral deposits
  • Very Hard Water – water that contains over 180 mg/L of mineral deposits

According to the United States Department of Energy at least 75% of American homes utilize water that is classified as moderately hard water or higher.

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Washing Hands - Plumbing Repair Service in PhiladelphiaThe Hard Water Test

Often times you can determine whether you have hard or soft water simply by drinking the water (don’t worry, hard water is not harmful, it’s actually quite natural). However, a better test is the soap test. Soap, for the most part, is made out of sodium stearate; which when combined with water bonds to dirt particles and makes them easier to be removed.

With hard water the soap reacts with the hard water minerals making an in-soluble compound. (Doesn’t dissolve easily with water). This is why you can’t get a really good lather with hard water and also why it leaves behind those famous hard water deposits.

Where does hard water come from?

When you turn on your faucet the water coming from your tap is retrieved from a repository that either stores or stores and filters water for municipal use. Depending on the area that you live in within Philadelphia, the water treatment process can vary. To get to the water repository it had to flow through layers of rocks where it naturally picks up the different mineral deposits.

The mineral content can vary because of evaporation and collection from rainwater through nature’s natural process of purification.

What are the most noticeable results of hard water?

Hard water can be blamed for a variety of household issues such as the lack of ability for soap to do its job described above, but there’s more. Hard water deposits can also build up as a film on dishes and glassware making them spot and streak regardless of the soap used. Sometimes dishwashers get a bad rap for not doing a good job when it’s actually the hard water interfering with the soaps process to cling to the dirt and wash it away. Bathtubs and sinks can develop a hard water ring and a noticeable line build up can be seen on glass shower doors. Hard water deposits can also build up with in the pipes themselves and over time cause a restriction in the flow of water decreasing water pressure.

Philadelphia Sink - Plumbing Repair Service in PhiladelphiaWhat can I do about hard water in my Philadelphia home?

First, get your water tested. There are three municipal water systems in the Philadelphia area that filter and treat the water. Depending on how long the water sits in the system it can fluctuate the amount of minerals within the water, so don’t rely on a single test. Many “at home” testing kits are available averaging from $12-$30 from home-improvement stores.

Next, weigh the costs. While Philadelphia is listed as an area with moderately hard water, the level of aggravation and occasional extra cleaning may not justify the costs of water softening treatment equipment that starts at $400 and can easily go into the thousands of dollars.

Trust your Local Philadelphia Professional Plumber

For years Philadelphia residents have trusted iFixdit, LLC for all their master plumbing service needs. Whether your needing plumbing repairs, plumbing upgrades, drain repair or fixture replacements; we are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help. Give us a call today and find out the difference that using a locally owned and operated professional plumbing company can make.

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