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Much of our lives may be on pause, but our homes still need care and maintenance, especially while we spend more time at home this spring. You may need help with an emergency plumbing problem. But, how do you get your water heater fixed or sink unclogged while social distancing? Here are steps you can take to protect yourself, your family, house, and the Roberts Plumbing Service Technician when you need home services now.

Use technology to connect with home service pros:
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), avoiding exposure to the virus (which is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person) is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others. Connect with contractors via phone, text message, or email to discuss project details as much as possible. You can also share photos to help Roberts Plumbing understand your plumbing needs.

Sanitize According to CDC Guidelines:
The CDC offers cleaning guidance specific to protecting against COVID-19. If a pro is coming to work on your home, be sure you’re following this guidance to sanitize before, during and after their visit. In particular, be sure to clean and disinfect the work area. Also, be sure to disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, faucet handles and light switches.

Communicate Precautions (both yours and theirs):
Let pros know about the precautions you’re taking to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in your home. Ask that they take precautions as well.

Maintain the recommended 6-foot separation:
The CDC recommends keeping a distance of 6 feet from others, and avoiding gatherings to minimize the spread of COVID-19. So, be sure to keep a safe distance from pros working inside your home. And never invite a pro into your home if you’re feeling ill or have been ill. If you have been diagnosed with or exposed to the virus— it’s important to discontinue in-person interaction for the period recommended by the CDC.

Use Credit Card to Pay:
Paying your plumber with a credit card reduces the need for in-person contact. It also helps you avoid physically handling cash or checks which can harbor and transfer the COVID-19 virus.

Support Local Home Service Businesses:
Many plumbing professionals are small local businesses affected by evolving community measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While many states and cities have enacted orders regulating business operations, service providers including plumbers, exterminators, electricians and the like are still ready and able to provide essential services at your home.

How You can Support your Local Home Professionals?
If the Plumber has provided good customer service and excellent work for you, consider giving their business a boost with good ratings and reviews on Google, Yelp, or other platforms.