Plumbing is one of those trades that will never disappear because, like it or not, every modern building has a plumbing system, and nothing is perfect. Whether it be a leaky faucet or a burst water pipe, it is likely that everyone will need to call a plumber at one point or another in their lives. With that being said, how do you know what to look for in a plumber or plumbing company? How do you know the good from the bad? Here are just a few tips to help you steer clear of the wrong choice.
Are they licensed?
Always check to make sure that they having a plumbing license. Not all places need one by law, but a licensed worker is more likely to give you high quality work than an unlicensed one.
Reviews and Referrals
Most businesses are online these days. Search the companies you’re looking at for reviews online, or better yet, try and find a company that a friend or neighbor has worked with and recommend. Referrals from other repair companies that you’ve worked with, such as your A/C guy, or electrician, are also beneficial. They have most likely worked with other repair companies, and can give you an idea of which companies offer the best prices and the best quality of work.
Insurance and a Guarantee?
You want to make sure that anyone working in your home is insured; otherwise, they could sue you if they get hurt on the job. You should also be skeptical of any business that doesn’t offer any type of guarantee. If they are confident in their work and abilities, they should have no problem guaranteeing a fix or your money back should a problem arise.
Get quotes from at least 3 or 4 different plumbers and/or companies for your problem. If a company quotes you much lower than the average cost, be wary. They could be using low-quality materials, or not quoting you the whole cost. Also, be sure to ask what is covered in the quoted cost. You don’t want to be surprised once you’ve hired them. If they aren’t comfortable giving you a quote over the phone, you can either ask them to inspect the problem in person, or give you a “worst-case-scenario” quote, highlighting the most expensive they think it will get if they account for common complications.
With those tips in mind, go forth and search! And remember, plumbing is not something you want to cheap out on. If you hire someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, you are in for a world of trouble.
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