The last thing anyone wants to worry about when they’re enjoying the summer weather is a backed up pipe or a leaky faucet. As a contractor, it’s important to provide preventative home maintenance to your clients to avoid bigger, more involved projects that will get in the way of their summer fun. Here are a few small jobs to keep an eye out for to help you do everything you can to leave your clients happy and worry-free!
Who doesn’t hate clogged sink drains? They’re possibly the most frustrating thing you’ll ever encounter in a bathroom or kitchen, because everyone knows the mess they’re capable of causing. If a client reaches out to you because of a slow-draining sink, they’ve likely tried plunging it themselves first. For stubborn clogs, try using an auger to snake the drain, as it generally does the job quickly and cleanly. Once you’ve worked the cable of the auger through the clog, flush the drain with hot water.
Leaky faucets are another quick fix that you should be on the lookout for at any job. There are different approaches to fixing the different types of faucets, but none are particularly time consuming or difficult. Compression faucets usually just need new seat washers and o-rings. Sometimes if that hasn’t stopped the leak, it’s because the stem of the faucet is pitted, in which case you need to remove it and grind down its valve seat. It’s usually pretty hard to find the cause of a leak in a ball-type faucet because of how many parts it involves. Instead of stressing out about finding the leak, it’s easiest to just replace all of its parts individually. When fixing a leaky cartridge faucet, replacing the o-rings will usually do the trick. The only faucets that really need to be cleaned in order to repair a leak are ceramic-disk faucets. After taking apart the handle and removing the cap, remove the neoprene seals and clean the opening of the cylinder with distilled white vinegar. If the seals are damaged, you will need to replace them.
Grout and Caulk
While working a job, make sure to inspect the grout in tiled areas. Cracked or missing grout should be fixed or replaced as soon as possible, to avoid mold growth or deep stains. If you notice grout that looks a bit dingy when you’re repairing something else, it would be a wise preventative measure to give it a quick once-over, even if it’s just a toothbrush scrub with some hydrogen peroxide. Also pay attention to the seal around sinks, showers, and bathtubs, and when necessary, recaulk the areas that have cracked or detached.
In the service industry, a little bit extra goes a long way. Being mindful of these home maintenance tips while you’re out on the job, and repairing bits and pieces along the way will really impress your clients and ensure their continued patronage. After all, a happy customer is a loyal customer!