A Simple Plan For Investigating Plumbers

Tips for Choosing a Quality Plumber The best time to look for a plumber is before a plumbing emergency arises. Unfortunately, when people are facing an emergency, they have very little time – if any – to research a plumber. When the toilet leaks or the basement ceiling is wet because a pipe broke upstairs, getting help is priority. First talk to someone you trust – maybe a friend or acquaintance who owns a home. Most people have, at one time or another, hired a plumber and can recommend someone they liked. If you know a contractor or builder, give them a call as well. These people deal with plumbers on a regular basis and often have well-formed opinions about various local plumbers, the quality of work they do, and how competitive they are in terms of pricing.
The Art of Mastering Plumbers
Also talk to the real estate agent you worked with when you bought your home. Most agents are glad to help.
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When you call a plumber, unless after business hours, don’t simply leave your name and contact number on their answering machine. And if a child answers the phone, be careful. Some reputable plumbers, especially in small communities or rural areas, do work out of their homes, but most of them are professional enough to take calls themselves, or at least employ an electronic receptionist. Make it a point to ask for the plumber’s license number when you actually talk to them. Don’t feel nervous – say you need it to claim homeowner’s insurance. At the same time, check if they are insured and ask for proof. The best plumbers are human too, and they can also accidentally damage plumbing structures or systems. They can even end up injuring themselves unintentionally, so you want a plumber who has worker’s compensation as well. If you or anyone in your home is harmed in any way, that should be covered by their liability insurance. Of course, before the job starts, you have to set things straight regarding the price. Most good plumbers will give you a formal bid, or at least a quote that includes a maximum price, except when the plumbing problem happens inside a closed wall or ceiling. In that scenario, the plumber may hesitate to quote a firm bid until he has actually inspected the structures. This is when you have to ask for a “worst-case scenario” price. Lastly, make sure you choose a plumber that provides a service warranty. If they can’t guarantee their own work for a realistic period, they are not worth considering. Unless your pipes and fixtures were very old to begin with, a good plumber will always come back to fix whatever problem there is after his first visit.