Tips For Hiring A Plumbing Contractor In The Woodlands

Hiring a woodlands plumbing contractor can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming for most people. Not all contractors are honest or reliable. And not all are licensed, insured and bonded to perform repairs which could put a homeowner, their family and/or property at risk if not done properly. Before hiring anyone, you should check out their company and credentials.

Be sure to avoid any contractors who use the following techniques to get into your home:

  • Door-to-Door Solicitations: This isn’t always a bad thing because many legit companies do use this as a way to get customers. However, it is something to be cautious of because it’s a common tactic for the more shady of the bunch. It’s more common for these types of jobs to unravel at your expense. Once payment is made, you could be left with unfinished work and empty pockets.
  • Free Inspection Scare Tactics: An unscrupulous contractor may offer to perform a free inspection for you and then return with an alarming report of leaky pipes or some other major issue that doesn’t actually exist. Be sure to verify any findings before you pay.
  • Upfront Cash Payment: Never hire a contractor that insists on an upfront cash payment. You would be taking a huge and unnecessary risk.
  • Verbal Agreements: Remember, if it isn’t in writing, it didn’t happen. Verbal promises are shady and offer no protection to you at all. Always get all agreements it in writing and signed! If the contractor refuses, find someone else who will.

Keep those tips in mind to help protect yourself and your family. It’s not difficult to find a reputable company that is fully licensed, insured, and has a great record of standing behind their work. Don’t put yourself at risk in order to save a few dollars.

Have An Emergency?

We are The Woodlands emergency plumbing company of choice!

Give us a call 24 hours a day. The professionals at Solution Plumbing can handle any emergency residential or commercial job – big or small.

Our services include:

  • Drain specialists
  • Underground water and sewer lines
  • Garbage disposal inspection
  • Trenching
  • Backflow
  • And MUCH more!

New installations or repairs. Click here for a list of our service areas & full plumbing services offered.

Need an emergency plumber that is fast, friendly, reliable, and professional call Solution Plumbing now!

We are a Tomball plumbing company offering 24 Hour Emergency Plumber Services to the NW Houston TX Area. This includes The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Magnolia, Hockley, and surrounding areas.

We can resolve any emergency plumbing repair issues that may arise at any time within your home or commercial property. Our plumbers are experts in fixing all kinds of major plumbing problems, from water heater repair to clogged drains, and everything in between.

The regular Solution Plumbing Services also include water heaters, sewer pipe repair, hydro jetting, toilet repair & replacement, commercial plumbing, all residential issues… clogs, backups, leaks, detection, inspections, repairs, and every other plumbing issue you may have!

We can also assist you with regular maintenance and restoration.

Whether you live in The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, Spring, or another city in the Northwest Houston Texas Metro area – we are here to service all of your plumbing needs!

Flooding Alarms: More Than An Ounce of Prevention

When people think of flood damage, they commonly think of damage caused by torrential rains flooding neighborhoods.  While that is certainly a concern for many homeowners, there is another cause for flooding that nearly every homeowner needs to be prepared for.  That is flooding that is caused by malfunctioning appliances, especially water heaters.

Every year, thousands of people have to deal with the consequences of a broken appliance.  In addition to a huge mess, those consequences include water damage and the costs of repairs and cleaning.  In some cases, that damage runs into the thousands of dollars.  This is especially true if the flooding occurs when you are away from your home for an extended period of time, such as a vacation.

While insurance is good to have, there is something else you should invest in:  a flood sensor.  Flood sensors basically do exactly what their name suggests:  they detect flooding and notify you when one occurs.

Flood sensors come in two broad categories:  alarms and alarms plus water shutoff.  Alarms are the simplest and least expensive safety measure.  You can buy very simple stand-alone systems that function much like smoke detectors.  When they sense flooding, they trigger an audible alarm.  You can get one for under $15.

Of course, such a simple an inexpensive system is only effective if you are within hearing range of the alarm.  More complex systems will send messages to your mobile phone.  There are also systems that use a central panel that monitors multiple sensors—such as ones near water heaters, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.

Another option becoming more commonly available is including flood sensors in your home security system.  If you are already paying a monitoring fee for home security (or will be), this may be the most cost-effective solution.

The other type of systems are those that will stop the flow of water when a sensor is triggered.  These systems are more expensive, but they have the added advantage of preventing excessive damage.  If the dishwasher overflows while you are home, you may notice it in time to turn it off and prevent much damage.  However, if your water heater or washing machine breaks and starts flooding while you are away for the weekend, then that could mean hundreds of gallons of water flooding your home.

Every day, homes are damaged by flooding brought on not by Mother Nature, but by defective appliances.  Flood sensors cannot stop the damage entirely, but they can notify you of an emergency and even turn off the water to minimize damage.  When it comes to stemming the tide of flood damage, every second matters.  Every second is money.

Considering how inexpensive they are, they make very good insurance investments.