Practical and Helpful Tips: Plumbing

How to Choose a Plumber

There are almost countless local plumbing companies these days, and all of them will tell you they are the best. Certainly, there are those that are capable of quality workmanship and dependable customer service, and have industry knowledge and experience to do the right. Then again, there are also those that are just not worth your trust and money.

How can you tell which plumber to choose when you need one? Every household should have a plumber they can call and rely on anytime. You’ll never know when your pipes will burst, your water heater won’t work or your drains get blocked.

What should you consider before choosing a plumber?
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First off, look out for fake plumbers and other scams! Don’t allow anyone to sweet talk you into hiring them. There are scammers passing themselves off as licensed when they’re not even actually plumbers to begin with.
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Don’t let someone into your home unless the plumber is licensed. And don’t just believe them when they say they are – have them show proof, like an ID.

Anyway, you can always check with the plumber licensing board in your state. Remember to look at the validity, ensuring it is not expired and it was issued by the state where you are both in.

Here are additional considerations you need to make before choosing a plumber:

Shopping Around

Shopping around is always wise, whether you’re looking for a plumber, an electrician or even some retail item like a book or dress. This allows you to make comparisons of various plumbers, particularly in terms of cost and their general reputation. If it’s not an emergency, you should request for a written estimate from two or three prospects, and then make your comparisons. It will be much easier then for you to decide who’s the best for you.

Experience

Experience is more important for more complex jobs. How long has the plumber been a part of the industry? Has he encountered a problem like yours, and was he able to find a solution? Asking for client references may be in order, if only to hear it “straight from the horse’s mouth.”

Equipment

Note that not all plumbing companies use the same equipment. Does your prospective plumber use the latest plumbing technologies, including leak detectors and drain cameras? Some plumbers will subcontract jobs that need these tools, so their prices will naturally increase.

Insurance and Guarantees

Hiring a fully insured plumber is for your own security, and don’t take risk of working with someone who isn’t. And again, look for proof. Finally, make sure the plumber will take full accountability of his work, most especially for new installations, and that you are offered a reasonable period of guarantee.