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How to Hire a Plumber

If you have a plumbing issue, you certainly need a professional plumber to give you the best resolution. The question is, while there are many plumbers out there, how do you choose a real, reliable expert?

Here are vital considerations to be made before you pick a plumber:

License

This is the most important factor of all. Find out if the plumber you’re eyeing is licensed, and if so, request to see proof. What’s with hiring an unlicensed plumber? The job may fail inspection, and you may have to hire someone again to redo the job.

Insurance and Bond

For small project, you may not need an insured or bonded plumber, but for a big one, you certainly do. Both will keep you protected financially in the event of accidental injuries and property damage related to the work.

Quote

If a plumber tries to give you a quote over the phone, be suspicious. Professional plumbers will always take a look at the problem first before starting to work. When looking at the quote, ask whether it already includes materials, labor and a contingency. Some estimates look fantastic on paper until they skyrocket as the job continues.

Hourly Rate or Flat Rate

When you get an estimate, ask the plumber if you’ll be quote a flat rate (won’t change regardless of labor costs) or an hourly rate plus the cost of materials. One disadvantage of the second option is that you can still end up paying more if the job runs long, even if the prices of the materials are unchanged. In any case, always know what you’re getting into before you sign your contract.

Payment Schedule

Aside from knowing how much you have to pay, you also need to be aware of when you are expected to make the payment. Some plumbers go by “milestones” – when a part of the work is completed, you have to pay a certain percentage. Others charge by timeframe – for example, every week, two weeks, etc. What you must avoid at all costs is a plumber who makes you pay the entire quote at the start of the job.

Cleanup

This may sound like it has an obvious answer, but believe it or not, some plumbers will just leave their mess and let you clean it up yourself. Remember to ask if the quote already includes cleanup, and if it doesn’t, ask why.

Guarantee or Warranty

Lastly, there are plumbers who will commit to come back after a year to check for problems and fix whatever needs to be fixed, while others will ask you to call them if issues occur. The point is to have some kind of warranty or guarantee, and it must be in writing. If a plumber can’t stand by the work they do, what reason have you to trust them?

The Ultimate Guide to Plumbers

The Ultimate Guide to Plumbers