You don’t want to wait until you spring a leak to find a good plumber.
Unfortunately, that’s the way it often happens. Then you’re left scurrying for a qualified plumber who you feel confident can do the job.
Even in those moments when you need immediate plumbing assistance, you don’t want to settle for just anyone.
So here are five questions you’ll want to ask when choosing a plumber.
1. Are You Licensed?
This question is crucial.
While the majority of states in the U.S. require plumbers to be licensed, there are different requirements for each state. You’ll want to know your specific state’s licensing requirements.
Get the license number of the plumber you’re considering because many state governments allow you to conduct a contractor license search on their website.
In other countries, such as England, there are companies such as Multicore National who cover that groundwork for you. Wherever you are, it all comes down to ensuring your plumber has a valid license.
2. What Will Be the Cost?
After physically looking at the job, most plumbers will give you an onsite estimate.
There are many tasks that are fairly straightforward and simple to quote, such as installing a water heater. Even so, you want to be sure to get the estimate in writing. Any plumber that shies away from this is probably not one with whom you want to do business.
Carefully review the estimate. Parts and labor should be included in it. You’ll also want to clarify that the price quoted will be the total cost, as well as what you can expect if there are unforeseen repairs.
3. Do You Have References?
Be sure to ask your chosen plumber for references from their most recent projects.
Obviously, they’re going to give you the names of customers who were completely satisfied. Still, you should call them to get their input.
Ask them what kind of job the plumber did and whether they’d hire her/him again. You’ll also want to find out if the company communicated with them as expected. The more positive reviews there are, the higher the likelihood that you’re dealing with a professional company that will value your business.
4. Is There a Warranty?
If your plumbing repair requires the installation of a new appliance, the plumber should be familiar with the manufacturer’s warranty on it and explain it to you. But even if your repair doesn’t require new appliances, you’ll want a plumber who offers a workmanship warranty too.
5. What Is Your Community Involvement?
When a business takes the time and money to invest in the community, it’s far more likely they’ve earned their reputation through hard work rather than high budget marketing tactics.
So look for companies that are members of trade associations and community groups such as your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Better Business Bureau. In addition, any company that sponsors activities such as school events, little league teams, and community fundraisers is also a great sign.
Choosing a Plumber Does Not Have to Be Difficult
When choosing a plumber, just start with the above five questions and you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect person for the job.
In the meantime, keep checking back with our blog for helpful articles on maintaining your house and home.