Whether you’re looking to DIY your plumbing needs, or you’re self-employed and looking to expand your materials base. Look no further. Here are three handy tricks of the trade to get you started.
Tip 1: Source materials from trusted suppliers
Whether it’s hand-tools, seals or pipe lagging, make sure you know where to go to get the best value for the job. Many suppliers can offer some great deals and clear-out sales for materials such as foam and foil backed insulation solutions and accessories, whether it be glue, tape or paint for the complete finish. But shop smart: some suppliers will offer cheaper materials at lower rates when they are in the clearance process but might only sell at huge bulk deals. This might not always be the best option. It will depend on the job at hand, storage requirements and your personal rates. If you’re unsure about the supplier but they’re offering a great deal that you don’t want to miss out on, it’s always a good idea to give them a call first to discuss your bets option – particularly if this is a one-off DIY fixer.
Tip 2: Don’t cut corners to get a deal
It’s not just about the suppliers, it’s about the quality of the supply. Do your research. Which tools do you use most often in the jobs which are the most frequent? Here is where you should make an investment in top quality. So, when it comes to pipe-cutters and spanners for example, you need longevity – so don’t cut corners on cost just to end up with an unreliable tool. When looking at buying materials in bulk, either for a larger job (say loft and wall insulation supplies) you will have more options to choose from. There will be varying levels of quality at varying levels of cost. But offer each level to your customer as their option, and carefully explain to them the differences in the final result. Many people will be watching their budgets and may be fine with a mid-level insulation solution, while others will want the finest quality available.
Tip 3: Cover even the smallest of supplies within the job
This involves costing the job carefully. It goes without saying that you need to cost up your time, expertise and materials for each and every job, but don’t miss the smaller aspects when it comes to attention to detail. This includes, any glues, paints, filler sealing and cleaning materials you may use in order to complete your work. Everything comes at cost, but when the work is of high quality, it shoes. Be transparent with your customers – honesty and accountability will stand you in good stead for recommendations and future work.
If you’re going DIY, make sure you know your stuff. And if you’re unsure, speak to an expert. Even calling a supplier can be a great way to start, as they can often advise you as to whether doing it yourself is the best option.
How Pipe Insulation Can Save You Money
Just like any insulation solution; wall, loft etc, pipe insulation should be a serious consideration when thinking about ways to run a more efficient home, or business. Here’s why:
Pipe insulation solutions help homes and properties to consume less energy. This is because it keeps the heat locked in when you’re running hot water. This means that water becomes hotter and stays hotter more quickly, usually meaning that you don’t need crank up the heat as much as you would without it, and you won’t need to use as much of the hot water when filling a sink, bath or even having a shower. The same goes for using hot water cylinder jackets around your hot water tank and making use of insulation behind radiators. More insulation means quicker and longer-lasting access to heat, meaning that you consume less energy heating your home and hot water.
Pipe lagging will also help the pipes running through your home or property last longer and stay in better condition. The foam insulation can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, and also acts as a protective layer from the elements, particularly for pipes higher up in loft areas.
Less overall water usage. Most of the water we use in the home is for washing and calls for warm water: showers, baths, dishes and so on. With the correct pipe insulation solutions, your water will heat up quicker and will maintain the heat more efficiently. So, not only does this help with heating the home, it also helps us use less water. Our morning showers, for example, will be faster as we won’t need to run the water for minutes on end waiting for it to heat up. The same goes for doing the dishes etc.
Pipe lagging should be added to any tick list when it comes to home or business insulation solutions, as it helps us to be more economic with our energy and will therefore save us money in the long term. If you’d like to find out more about the different materials and options for pipe insulation, or perhaps you’re looking to take on the job as a DIY project, the best place to start is with a supplier. They will be able to advise you as to what sort of budget you will need, how much insulation you will need, and whether it is advisory to hire expert help.