It is common for a homeowner to experience plumbing problems. An average homeowner can handle simple problems such as a clogged drain or a leaking faucet. However, there are more complicated plumbing tasks that require the expertise of a professional. Of course, don’t hire the first plumber you see listed in the directory. There are several things you should look when it comes to hiring plumbers.
1. Check if the plumber is licensed, bonded and insured.
A professional plumber should be licensed, bonded and insured before accepting any jobs. While interviewing various plumbers, ask for their licence number in order to prove that they are legitimate.
2. Look for a plumber with experience.
Look for a plumber with a lot of experience. Someone who has been in the business for a long time will most probably know how to handle your plumbing problem at home. An inexperienced plumber may be new to certain situations and not know how to handle them properly.
3. Get referrals.
Ask your friends and neighbours if they can recommend anyone to handle your plumbing. If you are friends with a contractor or a builder, you might also want to ask them for referrals. You’ll feel much better if you hire a plumber who has been tried and tested by someone you trust.
4. Check references.
If you’re still choosing between several plumbers, ask them to provide you with a list of references. You don’t personally know these plumbers and do not know if they can be trusted. Ask them for a list of their previous clients and make a few calls. Ask these clients if they can give you feedback regarding the services rendered by the plumber. Is he honest? How long did it take to complete a task?
If a plumber cannot supply you with any references, then take that as a warning sign to look for someone else.
5. Compare costs.
To get an idea of the competitive rate among plumbers, get several quotations. Remember not to make a decision solely based on price. A low priced plumber might provide you with poor service.
If your plumbing task is not an emergency or an immediate concern, ask different plumbers if they can provide you with a free estimate.
6. Ask for a guarantee.
Professional plumbers usually provide clients with a guarantee. Whether the plumber guarantees the quality of his work for a week, a month or three months, you should be able to get this in the form of a written agreement.
If a plumber refuses to provide you with a guarantee, then do not even consider him. A professional should render quality service and should be able to vouch for the quality service that will be provided to you.
If possible, scout around for your ideal plumber before you actually need to hire one. It would be better to already have someone to call in case a plumbing emergency happens. If your ceiling is already wet from a plumbing problem on the second floor, you’ll have very little time to do a proper and thorough search for a good plumber.