Working With A Licensed Plumber
Plumbing problems can be tricky and easy at the same time. The sheer amount of information we now have available to us means that we can tackle more tasks on our own, but there are still some problems that are better left in the hands of licensed professionals who have the education and experience necessary to quickly and easily handle those problems.
If you have a clog, leak or any other type of plumbing issue that you just can’t handle on your own, it might be time to bring in someone with a license to plunge.
The Right Stuff
Do as much as you can to determine exactly what your problem is before you get in touch with a licensed plumber. The more information they have the better they’ll know what tools and equipment they’ll need to bring with them. An abundance of information shaves of time and possibly even some money, which you’ll most definitely appreciate.
Cost of Repair
Before you have a licensed plumber start taking care of your issue, find out how much it will cost. Ask for an accurate cost estimate, find out exactly what they plan on doing to take care of your problem and ask how long it will take.
If the problem isn’t serious or if it doesn’t need immediate attention, you might want to check with other licensed plumbers to see if they all will charge the same amount. If possible, work with a licensed plumber who offers a flat rate as opposed to one who charges by the hour. Plumbers who work by the hour might drag their feet and take more time than necessary.
Besides asking if the plumber is licensed, you should also find out how much experience they have. If you don’t have a plumbing emergency, do some digging for ratings and reviews of the plumber just to make sure they won’t be making your plumbing issue worse rather than better.
Ask if the plumber has any past customers that you can get in touch with. You might feel silly doing this, but a reputable plumber will understand your wanting to make sure that you’re doing business with the right person.
It’s a good idea to find a good licensed plumber before you need one since every homeowner is bound to have a plumbing problem sooner or later. Finding a good plumber before you need one will take the pressure off of scrambling to locate one while your basement is slowly flooding or dirty water continues to back up in your sink.
Feeling pressured means that you’ll take who you can get, which is never a good idea. Speed and knowledge are two of the top tools you’ll need when dealing with plumbing complications.
While you’re calling around for a good plumber, be sure to ask what kind of education they received and where, if they’re insured, what warranties they offer and if they’re part of any professional organizations. It will feel like you’re conducting an interview, and you basically are.
If they don’t do the job right the first time, you’re the one who will suffer the most, so don’t think you’re going overboard by asking so many questions.
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