Hiring a plumber is a decision you need to take seriously.Plumbers work with some of the most basic necessities of your home, and picking the wrong one will only leave you with pricier, more complex and riskier repairs down the road.
Check out these tips to help you select a good plumber:
Plumbers are required in most states to hold 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 protects you as well as the plumber when there’s an accident or injury 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 operating for years, that usually means they have a track record of 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. Beware of an estimate that seems too low however.It usually means that the plumber will be cutting corners or using substandard parts.
Reputable plumbers always guarantee their work, including every part they used. Most warranties are good for a period of one year. If a plumber refuses to guarantee his work, look for another one.
Plumbers should always provide references when asked. Otherwise, they’re not worth considering any further. Speaking to a plumber’s previous customers is an accurate way of knowing the quality of work they are capable of.
Sometimes, you meet a plumber who seems heaven-sent, until you meet an equally qualified plumber who charges half the first one’s rate. This is why it’s important to consider at least two or three plumbers before deciding on one – after all the comparisons. With the Internet at your beck and call, this can’t be more difficult than 1-2-3.
You’ve likely heard this before but it’s always worth repeating – choose a plumber well before an emergency. Don’t put yourself in a situation where the first plumber you find becomes your only choice. Besides increasing your costs when you have to redo a poorly done job, lingering plumbing issues can also be a burden for everyone in the household. In fact, it can be unhealthy. 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.