What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Four Small Services You Can Do To Make Service Easier For Your Plumber

Sometimes work can be strenuous for your plumber. Having to bend over, deal with pipes, deal with septic systems and more is the hard work that is expected from plumbing professionals. As the owner of the home that needs work, there are some small things that you can do to make sure that your plumber is able to perform their job easily and comfortably. 

Provide adequate lighting 

Often if there is rehab work being performed on the home, the lighting may be in the process of being replaced or worked on. It is important for you to provide adequate lighting for a plumber to be able to get their work done. Be sure that you set up lamps or temporary overhead lights or flashlights inside of a room that is having lighting issues or lighting work performed. Being able to see down drains and inside of pipes will make diagnosing problems a little easier. 

Ventilate the room

Backed up drains and toilets can cause the room to become unpleasant in smell. Providing good ventilation in the room can make removing the plumbing obstruction easier for your plumber. Open the windows inside of a room that is going through a plumbing blockage. If there are no windows, light candles and bring a fan to blow inside of the room. Your plumber will appreciate the concern about their work environment. 

Clean the rooms

Plumbers all come with the expectation that they will get a little dirty. Unclogging drains, installing toilets, and dealing with HVAC systems can all leave plumbers a little less clean than when they walked in. While some dirt comes with the job, jobs are easier to perform when the room or area itself is clean. Cleaning your restroom, kitchen, or other areas that have a plumbing issue gives your plumber a nicer work area, plus can make it easier to spot any problem.  Performing a short cleaning of the area can make the space more comfortable for bending down or laying down in if the job requires getting into the pipes of the home. 

Offer clean up materials

Cleaning up after a job is done is often something performed after a plumber is gone. Before the leave, be sure to offer a plumber a place to wash their hands, plus clean towels to clean off any of their work tools or their hands. Offering clean up materials that can make a plumber a little more comfortable will also make them feel more welcome in your home. 

For more information, don't be afraid to ask your plumber (like those at Bishop Plumbing, Heating and Cooling) what would help them most.