How to Find a Good Plumber

by admin on April 20, 2012 · 0 comments

When you own a house or condo, you will need a plumber sooner or later. Employing such an expert is not difficult, as long as you stick to general hiring rules. Use common sense when you are prescreening the reputable plumbers advertising in your area, and consider simple guidelines, such as:

  1. Hourly rates – Although you want quality craftsmanship, you also have to think about your finances. Why hire a plumbing company with over-the-top prices, when you can get the repairs done by someone charging half as much? Inquire about pricing before booking a job. You can also request a written estimate first.
  2. Availability – Make inquiries about how long you will have to wait for a water heater installation, adding waterlines, or a septic tank inspection?  Can you count on 24/7 emergency services? That may come in really handy when a water pipe bursts, and your basement is flooding.
  3. Reputation – Avoid plumbers with a bad track record. Online consumer reviews should be glowing – at least most of them. Complaints are unavoidable, as it is impossible to please everyone. However, they should be few and far between.
  4. Services – Part-time plumbers are only interested in easy jobs. They will not complete intricate diagnostics, installations and repairs. Just think about it; do you want to investigate again for a replacement when your plumber refuses a job? Look for professionals with extensive services for residential and commercial clients. The list should be published on their company’s website.
  5. References – Request recommendations from satisfied customers. Collect the information and call these people. Ask them if the information that was provided to you is true, and why they liked this particular plumber over his competitors.
  6. Timely response – It can be very annoying when tradesmen arrive late – or not at all. Verify that the plumbers you are considering will actually show up on the day and time you agreed upon. That allows you to plan your day, and not squander another vacation day.

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