What Do You Know About Services

Choosing a Plumber The best time to pick a plumber is before you deal with a plumbing emergency. Unfortunately, in most cases, people facing an emergency won’t have time to learn more about a plumber. A leaky toilet or a wet basement ceiling (because of a broken pipe upstairs) requires urgent attention. First off, call someone whose opinion you trust – probably a homeowner friend or acquaintance. At one time or another, most homeowners have had to hire a plumber and can refer you to one with a positive reputation. Try talking to a contractor or builder too if you know one. These people deal with plumbers from time to time and generally have accurate opinions about many local plumbers, their work quality and the competitiveness of their pricing.
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Also talk to the real estate agent you worked with when you bought your home. Most agents will be happy to help their former clients.
The Art of Mastering Plumbers
When you call a plumber, unless after business hours, don’t simply leave your name and contact number on their answering machine. If a child answers the phone, be wary. Some reputable plumbers, especially in small communities or rural areas, do work out of their homes, but most of them are professional enough to take calls themselves, or at least employ an electronic receptionist. When speaking to the plumber, ask for their license number. Don’t feel nervous – say you need it to claim homeowner’s insurance. At the same time, check if they are insured and ask for proof. Even the best plumbers cause accidental damage to plumbing structures or the system itself. They can even end up injuring themselves unintentionally, so you want a plumber who has worker’s compensation as well. In case you or anyone in your household is accidentally injured, that will fall under their liability insurance. Of course, before the job begins, you have to be clear about the price. Most reliable plumbers will give you a written quote, or at least a quote that indicates a ceiling price, unless the plumbing problem concerns a ceiling or a closed wall. In that scenario, the plumber may hesitate to quote a firm bid until he has actually inspected the structures. This is when you have to ask for a “worst-case scenario” price. Finally, check if the plumber offers a service warranty. If they can’t guarantee their own work for a reasonable period, they are a waste of your money and time. Except when your pipes and other fixtures were very old to start with, a responsible plumber will always come back to repair whatever there is to be repaired after his initial visit.