Hiring a plumber is a decision you need to take seriously.Plumbers take care of some of the most vital functionalities of your home, and choosing the wrong guy can set you up for more expensive and dangerous repairs later on.
Check out these tips to help you select a good plumber:
In most states, plumbers need to have a license. If this doesn’t work for your case, at least check whether the plumber you’re considering has had any formal complaints filed against them by consumers.
Plumbers need to be insured, and in some cases, bonded too. This is both for your and the plumber’s protection in case there is an injury or accident on the job.
Before hiring a plumber, it’s a must to know how long they’ve been a part of the industry. An established company usually employs veteran plumbers, but you still have to ask anyway. If a plumber or company has been in business for many years, it’s usually a sign that they’ve been doing quality work.
After assessing a job, a professional plumber will know exactly what to do and will be able to give you an accurate estimate. Be wary of any estimate that seems too cheap.It’s often a sign that the plumber will take shortcuts or use low-quality parts.
All reputable plumbers provide a guarantee for their work, including all the parts that were used. Such a guarantee is often good for a maximum of one year. If a plumber will not guarantee his work, look elsewhere.
Plumbers should be willing to provide references upon request. Otherwise, they shouldn’t even be on your list of prospects. Speaking to a plumber’s previous customers is an accurate way of knowing the quality of work they are capable of.
There are times when a plumber will feel like the best for you, until you learn he’s twice as expensive as the other equally qualified plumber. That’s why you have to consider at least two or three prospects and compare them before choosing. With the Internet at your beck and call, this can’t be more difficult than 1-2-3.
You’ve probably heard this before but it’s always worth mentioning anyway – find a plumber before an emergency strikes. Don’t wait for a situation that forces you to pick just anybody. Aside from the increased cost of having to redo a poor job, lingering plumbing issues can be a huge hassle to everyone. It can even be a health hazard. Any plumbing issue should be fixed as soon as possible and correctly at that. That is why you have to spend some time looking for the right guy for the job.