Not All Plumber's Are Created Equal

Real Estate Agent with Distinctive Homes, Sotheby's International Realty

Living in Lake Tahoe this time of year is known to most as a time where temperatures fall far below freezing and many home owners have the dreaded possibility of pipes breaking and severe water damage if preventative measures are not taken.  I've had the personal experience with both my own residence as well as property that I've watched over that has gone under the curse of the cold.   

Calling and actually getting a plumbing company to show up can be frustrating, stressful and not to mention, very expensive.  

Here are a few tips to remember:

•·         First of all, if you live in an area that temperatures fall below freezing your pipes should be wrapped with insulation or even better wrapped in heat tape.

•·         Always know where the shut off is for the water (check for more than one shut off)

•·         When temperatures are expected to fall close or below zero make sure to leave faucets on a trickle during the night and the heater at 55-60 degrees.

•·         If you have to call a plumber make sure you ask how much they charge for showing up (per person) and their hourly rate.

•·         Always ask a neighbor or someone you know and respect for a referral, if possible.

•·         Be sure before they do any work that you know if there will be any additional charges for materials.

•·         Inspect their work, have them explain exactly what they did and ask them questions.

•·         Before they leave make sure they check that every faucet and toilet in the home works, water running (not frozen).

I actually had to deal with this very situation today and have to say that this was the most professional and competent company that I've dealt with in the past several years.  They showed up early, they were respectful and pleasant, they answered all my questions, cleaned up after themselves and guaranteed their work.....oh, did I mention affordable too?  These guys definitely made my "A" list.  Great job Summit Plumbing!

Comments (3)

Bridget Fredericks
Home After Home - Baton Rouge, LA

This is great information.  Especially if you have someone from the south relocating to your area.  Where we are it rarely gets below freezing so we are not accustomed to dealing with freezing pipe issues.  So often we take for granted the little tips that we know about dealing with localized weather conditions.  This is very useful.  Oh, and I'm jealous of your plumber.  I had to meet a plumber at a house here locally one day and after being an hour late they finally let me know they wouldn't come until the following day! Ugh.

Dec 18, 2008 02:34 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

We've got a "cabin" (hunting lodge) up in Estes Park.  Every summer the last out has to winterize the plumbing, which means shutting everything down and draining all lines and fixtures.

It's no fun to come back at the beginning of the season and find that the lines have broken from freezing water.

All it takes is once and then you never forget.


Good luck this season.


Dec 18, 2008 03:17 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Janet,  Over the years we've seen more than our share of frozen pipes, but the problem may be greater with the number of foreclosures, Karen

Dec 18, 2008 11:50 PM