Plumbers have been deemed as "essential workers" during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The water needs of you and your family have not changed, and repairs are still necessary even though we are in the middle of a pandemic. Here are a few ways you can help your plumber stay as safe and healthy as possible while we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many plumbing companies will call you before sending someone to your house to make sure you are prepared for their visit. A new question they might add to the list is whether or not you or anyone in your family is sick. You being honest when you answer this question is crucial to keep technicians from getting sick, and if you are dishonest, they can potentially be out of work for a long time as they heal and recover. Your plumber wants to help fix your issues with your home, but only if the conditions are safe for them to arrive at your house and work.
The fewer items your plumber touches in your home, the better off everyone is, as COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Ask your plumbing company about options to pay your bill online instead of handling money directly with your plumber. Once your payment arrangement is set up, you can have the work taken care of and not have to worry about the spread of germs by means of money handling. This will also allow the plumber to be in and out of your home in a shorter amount of time. If remote paying is not a possibility, be sure to handle as much as possible outside instead of in your home.
Have Soap Available
Most of the time when you hire a plumber, they are coming to repair a sink or pipes around your sink. To help keep him/her safe and healthy, have soap available for them to wash their hands upon entering your house. In normal times it is not common for plumbers to use your soap and water for their own personal needs, but to keep the spread of germs at a minimum, have the option available to them.
Communicate Over the Phone
If you need to discuss anything after you have had your plumber in your home, ask them to call you to discuss your options. The less time spent together, the better, as people navigate these uncharted waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about this process by contacting local plumbers.