Whether installing new plumbing or repairing your original plumbing, your plumber should complete the job professionally using the best materials and practices.
Many crucial elements of a plumbing job are unseen behind walls or cabinets. For example, pipes and connections rely on an exact layout with specific angles and hookups to perform optimally. A carefully crafted and executed installation will provide years of problem-free service.
However, without proper training and experience, a plumber could make minor errors resulting in more significant water system issues.
In addition, technicians and inexperienced plumbers could create an illegal hookup to your sewer system. Improperly sized pipes or cross-connections between potable (usable) and drainage piping can cause water to back up or foul. Installing fixtures and drains may seem straightforward, but secondary elements such as correctly placed traps protect your home from the unpleasant odors of sewage and waste.
Best practices often require more adjustment than those provided by some plumbers. The water main pressure must be appropriately adjusted. Sewer vents must be strategically placed. Incorrectly installed water heaters can be less effective due to the temperature setting errors or incorrectly installed pressure relief valves.
A dishwasher may not work correctly because the connections need the proper bend for correct water flow. Inexperienced plumbers or plumbing technicians can cause scratches and other damage when installing sinks, toilets, and other fixtures.
A plumbing system is very intricate. It follows specific laws of physics that require pipes to be appropriately aligned to ensure water flows smoothly with the correct pressure. The size and texture of a pipe is specific to its uses. The incorrect size or shape can cause low water pressure, a sewer back-up, or a chronically plugged toilet.
Plumbing services provided by unlicensed plumbers or technicians not consulting with a master plumber can be problematic. A master plumber has not only years of experience but also hours and hours of formal education.
Houses constructed during WWII present particular problems to inexperienced plumbers as the shortage of workforce and materials led to very creative plumbing. Some pipes called Orangeburg pipes were constructed of coated tar paper. Many homes in Boise today still have the original tar paper lines leading out to the road connection. A home in Payette, Idaho recently had repeated sewage backup. When they removed the driveway to look at the line connecting to the city lines, it was made of Orangeburg pipes.
Also, during the building boom of the early 2000s, many contractors had more work than they could handle. As a result, untrained technicians or inexperienced plumbers often took shortcuts or modified the layout to speed up the installation process without understanding the mechanics behind plumbing plans.
As a result, there has been an increase in plumbing work completed by people with general repair experience or technicians who have certifications but are not licensed plumbers. Training, education, experience, certifications, and licensing required for a master plumber may add to the initial service cost. Still, the resulting professional, top-of-the-line water system will prevent expensive and inconvenient repairs for years.
Each home has a very individualized piping layout due to architecture and space constraints. Each brand of sink, faucet, toilet and shower is unique, requiring different system installation strategies. Therefore, when a homeowner or unlicensed plumber chooses to work on a previously installed plumbing system, they may run into improperly installed piping with a different setup than was expected.
They will fix them as best they can, making up the process based on their experience and knowledge. Unfortunately, without the science and proven practices supporting their decision, you could have a plumbing problem that compromises your water supply. In the end, the repairs could fail and result in an entire re-piping of the area.
Your home can be one of your most essential investments. Plumbing systems directly impact your house's livability and resale value. Consulting an experienced plumbing company that has a master plumber on staff is the best way to guarantee your home is safe and keeps its value.
A local plumber will know the chemical makeup of the water in your area, groundwater levels, city water pressure, and city and county codes. When it comes to your plumbing needs, a reputable plumber will be a valuable asset sharing the insights they have gained over years of service in Boise, Ada County, and the Treasure Valley. A trustworthy plumber will always give you an onsite estimate, carefully explaining your options before any work is completed.
At Boise Valley Plumbing, we pride ourselves on understanding the Treasure Valley area's needs. We never charge for an estimate and are always ready to answer your questions. Please call us with any questions or concerns at (208)639-0784.