At SellMyHome.co.uk we understand the importance of keeping your home in top condition, not only for your own comfort but also to get the best offer when it goes on the market. With this in mind we’re assembling a team of Home Heroes, those professionals we turn to when our home causes us grief.
This week we spoke to Jeff Culkin of Culkin Heating And Electric in Willesden who teaches us how to limit the damage done to a home when the worst happens.
What does you job entail?
I'm a plumbing and heating engineer.
What can someone do in their home to ensure their plumbing remains in working order?
There isn't really anything someone can do, except regular servicing and maintenance. Keep using it, so pipes don't get clogged up. That's it really.
What do people need to do when the worst happens, any tips for making your job easier and limiting the damage?
Yes. If someone has a burst pipe or leak, obviously they need to find a stop cock to turn off the water. But once they've done that, if you turn on the taps to let out the remaining water in the system, it will severely reduce the leak and damage that could be caused because of it.
Do you have any horror stories while on the job?
None that I can think of off of the top of my head I'm afraid. I've been lucky.
What do you think makes a good client?
Someone who pays promptly. But somebody who doesn't need to know every single thing you might or might have not done. I guess there's not much trust in the industry. Once you do gain that trust it makes for an easier relationship with a client.
How about clients keeping out of your way while you're on the job?
To be honest I personally don't really mind that. Is is there home after all.
What's the most rewarding part of your job?
I think the most rewarding part of my job is building my business from scratch and maintaining that good reputation in my area.