You were hoping that the third time would be a charm when it comes to completing the window project in your home, but this was not the case.
Although your wife signed off on the return work order, the installation team member forgot to change out the striker plate on the door to the deck. He did switch the three hinges and the two door knobs on the wooden door, but it was not until you returned from your work day that you or your wife noticed the striker plate was still champaign. In what has been a complicated process after a severe hail storm in the spring, this one remaining champaign striker plate is the one remaining task to be completed.
It is likely that you have been more patient than normal because 90% of the repairs are covered by your home owner’s insurance policy. The fact that every time someone from the national window company came out to the house you were dealing with a different person likely plays a role in the window installation problems you have experienced. On what you thought was going to be the third and final visit, the representative installation worker had to spend nearly 30 minutes verifying what work needed to be done because he was reading from a work order instead of returning to a worksite the company had already been to two previous times. If you were paying for all of these repairs, you would have insisted on local workers who you feel hold themselves more accountable for the services that they provide their customers.
Home Maintenance Work Requires Careful Attention to Many Details
Whether you are working with window installers after a particular serious hail storm or you are in need of local plumbers for routine sewer and drain cleaning, it is always important to work with a crew that will get the job completed correctly the first time. When it comes to plumbing, partially fixed or unfixed problems can become major issues in a hurry. Consider some of these facts and figures about the many times when finding the most experienced and reliable local plumbers can help you avoid worse problems in the future:
- America’s aging sewer systems spill an estimated 1.26 trillion gallons of untreated sewage every single year, so the small problems that you are dealing with can contribute to a larger national issue.
- Contacting local plumbers when you first notice a problem is important. In fact, a shower head leaking just 10 drips a minute wastes more than 500 gallons a year. This is the same amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in a dishwasher.
- As another example, a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip a second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year. That is an amount of water that is equivalent to the what is needed to take more than 180 showers.
- The plumbing system in a home is composed of two separate subsystems: one subsystem bringing freshwater in; the other taking wastewater out; both problems that can cause significant damage if left unfixed.
- As many as 10% of the households in America have leaks in their plumbing that can waste up to 90 gallons of water a day.
- In fact, 13.7% of water use is the result of leaks, according to Plumbing Manufacturers International.
You may not be able to keep up with the leaves falling from the trees this time of the year, but it is important that you do what you can to keep up with the maintenance that it requires to be a responsible home owner. By calling in the professionals when it comes to heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical work, you know that you are investing in not only the comfort and convenience of your home today, but also its value in the future.
Local plumbers and contractors often serve as the best defense when it comes to addressing problems in your home. Large national companies that send a rotating crew of workers to job site often cannot provide the attention to derail that local plumbers, window installers, and electricians offer. Who will you call for your next home repair or renovation project?