While there are some household repairs that can be neglected almost indefinitely, a shower that doesn't function properly is something that most homeowners will choose to remedy quickly. Whether your shower lacks water pressure, leaks incessantly, or is suffering from any number of other ailments, it can have a profound effect on your day. Before you hire a contractor for shower repairs, however, there are several things to consider.
One of the first questions you should ask yourself before hiring a contractor is "How satisfied am I with my existing shower?" This is because functionality may be improved significantly by replacing some components rather than repairing them. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing your current showerhead (especially those manufactured before 1992) will not only provide better function, it may result in water savings of 25% to 60%. Additionally, any involved repair project is a good time to upgrade or add any additional features you've been considering, but knowing what you want beforehand is a must if you want the job to go as smoothly (and affordably) as possible.
1.Plumber or Handyman?
If you decide to go the handyman route, take a walk around your home and make a list of all the small repairs you'd like performed.
Once you know exactly what you want, it's time to decide who to hire. Obviously, plumbers and showers go together like peanut butter and jelly; it may be a good idea, however, to hire a handyman instead of a plumber depending on your specific situation. If you've decided that you want to do a significant upgrade to your shower, a plumber is definitely the way to go. If you simply want to stop a leak, install a new showerhead, or clear a drain, though, a handyman may be a much better option.
When you hire someone to come to your house there's typically a flat fee charged for the visit right up front. If you're like most homeowners, there are several things around the house that could use a little attention, and if you hire a plumber to fix your shower, a carpenter to fix a kitchen cabinet, and a locksmith to fix the front door, those fees add up quickly. Contractors who offer professional handyman services are something of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to minor home repairs. By hiring a handyman to perform a number of different repair jobs around the house, you can increase the functionality of many areas of your home in one day and avoid the extra time and money required to hire separate professionals for each task.
If you decide to go the handyman route, take a walk around your home and make a list of all the small repairs you'd like performed. Have that list handy when you call for service and let your handyman know exactly what you need; this will ensure that your handyman's truck is stocked with all the tools and equipment he or she will need for the entire job and reduce the time (and billing hours) that could be required for hardware store runs in the middle of the job.
4.Opt for Experience for Involved Jobs
When you know for a fact that the shower repairs you need are extensive, picking the right plumber for the job is extremely important. In situations where walls need to be taken out and pipes need to be replaced, you'll want the most experienced and knowledgeable person possible to do the work. Inexperienced contractors of any kind are likely to make a few mistakes, and mistakes made in your home's plumbing can be extremely costly. A tiny leak in the wrong place can result in hundreds--even thousands--of dollars if left unchecked; hiring a seasoned professional who can do the job right the first time might cost a little more up front, but the possible consequences of hiring a less-qualified plumber for extensive shower work make that initial bump in price a worthwhile investment.
If you find that your shower is far from being saved and needs to be replaced, follow our Shower Replacement Guide to get the job done right.