Hiring the right plumber is necessary as they are responsible for repairing and maintaining some of the most important parts of a home, like drainage system, toilet, faucet, water heater, etc. If you do not hire a qualified and professional plumber, you may have to run into costly repairs in the future. Here are some things you should consider when hiring a plumbing contractor:
Recommendations: Ask friends, family or other associates if they know any good plumbers. Ask if they had hired any plumber in the past and whether they were satisfied with his work. If they were, then you can ask for his contact details so that you too can hire his services. Also ask if the plumbers were able to complete the task within time. You can also check online for reliable plumbers.
Licensed: Most states require that plumbers hold a license, though some states do not have such a requirement. The license shall indicate that he is well established in the field and is qualified to do your work. However, if your state doesn’t require him to hold a license, check if there had been past complaints against him.
Experience: Ask the plumber how long he has been in the field. A well experienced plumber is likely to give better service than an amateur. He has had many experiences and know how to handle any potential problem. However, a new plumber can also have a good hand.
Warranty: All plumbers should guarantee their work. If the plumber you are speaking to refuses to give a guarantee, it’s smarter to move on.
Insured: Plumbers should be insured. In some cases, you may also need to bond them. In case of any accident, you don’t have to bear the expenses if he is insured.
Pricing: According to your project, the plumber will give you an estimate of his pricing. Get at least 3 estimates from 3 different companies and make your best pick. However, do not choose the one that offers the lowest estimate. The one offering the lowest pricing is likely to be inexperienced, unqualified and un-insured. It may also mean that he will be using inferior quality parts for the job.
References: Plumbers who have in business for some time will be able to give you references of their previous works. It is very important to call the references or pay a visit to them to get a frank and honest feedback. If the plumber is hesitating or refusing to give references, it’s better to look elsewhere. Talking with past customers is one of the best ways to gauge the plumbers work quality and performance.
Clean up: Ask if they provide clean- up tasks after the project is completed. If so, ask if that includes additional costs.