How to Choose a Plumber

Most people who face plumbing-related problems aren’t exactly picky as to which plumber they choose the address the problem. If you too, are one of them and don’t really think much before hiring your local plumber, it’s time you know the importance of choosing the right plumber for the job. On choosing a wrong plumber, you may have to face a host of problems, which you’ll realize later. The possibility of being overcharged is the most common problem. Besides, there’s always the possibility of not having the plumbing problem addressed correctly. To avoid being in such a messy situation, you need to be very careful, when choosing a plumber.
Following tips will help you choose the best plumber to fix your plumbing problems:

1. Hire a licensed plumber:
The first thing you need to ensure is that the plumber is licensed. It’s an obvious fact that a licensed plumber will provide you with a better quality service than a non-licensed plumber. Don’t forget to request for the plumber’s license number. Also, ask them whether their work is fully guaranteed.

2. Make sure the Plumber is experienced:
While you appoint a plumber ensure that you ask them about their prior work experience in fixing the type of problem that you’re currently facing. For instance, certain plumbing companies specialize in cleaning clogged drainage pipes or low flushing toilets. A plumber with good experience will be more likely to fix the problem more effectively and permanently.

3. Negotiate the right deal:
The next important thing you need to be concerned about is the amount that the plumber will charge you. Before selecting a plumber, it’s better to contact at least three-four plumbers, let them know about the plumbing problems you’re facing and obtain estimates or price quotes over the phone. Also ensure to ask the plumbers whether they’ll charge you additional fees. Some plumbers may charge extra fees to cover the cost of drive whereas some others may charge standard service fee. Also, enquire whether they’ll charge any deposit or upfront charge. Don’t forget to ask whether they offer clear written reports citing the cost associated with parts and labor. Make sure the plumber gives you complete break down of the charges in the quote so as to avoid paying additional (hidden) charges after the repair work is completed. It is advisable that you appoint a plumber only when he/she provides you with an estimate in writing.

4. Consult a real estate sales person:
Many real estate experts recommend subcontractors, including plumbers to their clients. You can consider seeking the services of the real estate sales person who represented you, at the time you purchased your home. Since the real estate salesperson will want you to be his/her repeat customer, he/she will surely recommend the best plumber to fix your plumbing problem.

After you notice a broken pipe or a leaking toilet, you should immediately contact a plumber to get the problem fixed before it aggravates. Now that you know how to choose the right plumber, ensure to find the best plumber for the job.

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