Since plumbing repairs can be costly, you should take the time to find a skilled plumber who will be able to resolve your plumbing issues in a timely manner. In addition to completing the job correctly, being able to do it quickly enough is important when you have a plumbing emergency, which can cause damage to other areas of the home.
Take steps to protect yourself and your home from costly plumbing issues by following the steps below.
Ask for a plumbing license
Before looking at any other qualifications, make sure that the plumber is fully certified and that their credentials are up to date. Certifications are an indicator that the contractor has taken steps to make sure that their skills meet a certain minimum threshold and that they have enough knowledge to pass the examinations. The contractor should be willing to produce this information willingly, and if they try to substitute it with some other assurance, be ready to walk away.
Look for feedback
Every contractor will try and sell their skills, which is fine, but you should do your homework and look online for reviews. You can also ask for referrals from the plumber, which all plumbers should have, much like how job seekers looking for employment should offer references upon request.
Learn about their business
The more you know, the better. Make sure you take the time to ask about:
- insurance covering damage to customer property in case of accident
- the number of years the plumber has had their business
- customer satisfaction guarantees
What about pricing?
Plumbers who are transparent about their fees won’t be adding additional hidden fees later on after the job is done, but that doesn’t mean they will do a good job. Technically, the contractor should look at the issue first before providing an estimate, in case there is an issue that you haven’t described to them.
Once the plumber has taken a survey of the issue, they should be able to give you a written estimate containing all charges, including tax. Hold onto that document when it comes time to pay for the job in case the contractor decides to include surprise charges.
Take your time to find the plumber who fits your needs, and be sure to maintain a working relationship so you have a trusted professional to call the next time an issue comes up.
For more information, contact the Green City Plumber team today!