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If you look around, you will find hundreds of plumbers, or at least people who bill themselves as plumbers. This doesn’t mean that everyone you talk to about a plumbing service is qualified to work on your home. There are many plumbers/plumbing contractors that will do sketchy things to homeowners. These shady contractors usually aren’t licensed and will leave their clients hanging when something goes wrong at the job site, even after being paid. If you are looking for the best plumbers in around Limerick, Clare, Kerry or its surrounding environments, PINNACLE GROUP is the number one company that provides you with a one-stop shop of professionals and licensed plumbers.

Here are some examples of reasons to hire qualified, reliable and licensed Plumbers to work on your property:

Cutting cost by cutting quality

One incident that comes to mind is a homeowner that hired a plumber to install a shower in his family home. The shower had a pan liner, with a strainer. These shower pans require that pitch material be employed underneath. The contractor that was hired said that he never used pitch liner, and it was unnecessary extra cost and labor, so the job was “finished’ improperly. Sure enough, after some time had passed, enough water seeped down from the liner into the home’s structure to do significant damage to the floors. The repairs were costly, and the homeowner decided to never use an unlicensed contractor again.


Use of cheap materials

Good quality plumbing materials are essential for any plumbing job that you want to last longer than a year. And the good materials don’t come cheap. A contractor that picks up all of their materials at a local value for less store is likely trying to cut costs by using inferior materials. There are times when a part or tool can be grabbed from a hardware store, but high quality materials should be ordered from proper supply outlets for most jobs.

Liability insurance

A plumber must be licensed in order to obtain proper liability insurance. At all times, any job must be conducted by a licensed plumber, as well as any job involving sewage or freshwater lines. If they aren’t licensed, and something goes wrong, you could be footing the bill of some potentially massive costs. Even if the plumber is licensed, check their insurance to make sure that they haven’t let it lapse. If an unlicensed plumber conducts a repair or installation that later goes bad, you may end up being liable to pay for the repair job.

Insufficient skills or knowledge

Even if it’s just a toilet repair, you should avoid hiring anybody but the best, most qualified and licensed plumber around. It may seem like your local handyman can handle that hot water heater install job, and maybe he can, but if he doesn’t know which pressure relief valves to use and how to install them properly, there could be big problems when the hot water heater explodes. Not only will it flood your home but the explosion itself could hurt one of your family members. It may seem smart to cut costs by contracting out to the lowest bidder, but plumbing is one place where you do not want to do that. Even a small water leak from an improperly connected pipe can have major ramifications for your home’s infrastructure.



Hopefully you will keep the above reasons in mind the next time you are out searching for a plumber to conduct work on your home. Make sure to ask all the right questions and check their credentials. Look for reviews and properly vet all candidates. Don’t risk your home on a lousy contractor just because he says he can get the job done for a few bucks cheaper. Pay a little more and get the peace of mind that you deserve.
As always, we invite you to share this post on social media. If you have a friend or family member who is thinking of hiring a shady plumber, direct them here by all means.

Improve your home

Having good plumbing is very important part of managing your home. This article provides some fantastic tips for helping you maintain and fixing your own plumbing.
Have a professional flush your septic tank cleaned every five years to keep it working well. Although it could cost a good deal of money to pump out your septic tank, cleaning up sewage backup in your home will ultimately cost much more.
Do not pay your plumber until the problem is fixed. You may need to make a small down payment before the job has begun, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. You want to know the bill when you are completely satisfied with the job.


Check the floors in your bathroom for soft areas around the toilet to determine floor damage. You can save money by noticing the problem as early as possible.
Avoid dumping oil, fat, and other oils down your drain. This is primarily true if you are someone who has a garbage disposal because the fats will make the blades go slower and less efficiently. Make certain you dispose of oils in other places other than the sink.
If you notice orange or pink stains in your bathroom fixtures, this occurs when the water has too much iron. You should purchase a water softener to use, or you can have a professional do it for you.


By having a regular cleaning routine, lemon rinds, dish soap and even pits from a cherry, you can keep your disposal running smoothly and smelling as fresh as the day it was installed.
Pour equal parts baking soda followed by vinegar down your bathtub drain every month. Plug up the opening or cover it with a cloth while the chemical reaction takes place. Wait until the chemical reaction runs its course, and then flush with boiling water. Doing this will clear your pipes of disgusting soap scum and blockages.
The best way to avoid plumbing bills is prevention. Drain clogs are a very common plumbing issue and sometimes expensive to repair when they are not addressed promptly. Drains easily clogged by hair. It’s a lot simpler to eliminate hair out of a screen than to pull it from a pipe.
Frozen pipes can lead to a large plumbing repair bills. The first thing to do is ensure your outside pipes are well insulated. When wintertime comes, drain and disconnect the hoses and shut off your outside faucet. Doing this can help save lots of plumbing repair bills?
Clean the aerator to if you are dealing with low water pressure issues which result from sediment buildup. Take out the aerator, disassemble it, and brush it clean with a little vinegar.

As you can see, there are many tips and tricks that you can use to fix the plumbing in your home. Apply what you have learned here, and build on that knowledge.

Courtesy of PINNACLE GROUP Services Limerick

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