The plumbing system in your home is the most unappreciated asset you own. We want our showers hot, our toilets to flush and water to flow from our faucets. When that doesn’t happen our daily schedule is completely disrupted. Repairs can also put an unexpected strain on the budget.
Choosing the best plumber will ensure you have a quality repair at the best price. You can trust that the price given in the estimate is what you will actually pay at the end of the job. A dependable plumber will stay on the job from start to finish, so your life can get on track as soon as possible. Finding the right plumber will begin a relationship that will last over the years, ensuring you know who to call for every plumbing emergency.
Here are six points to consider when selecting a plumber.
- Is the plumber licensed?
There are technicians and there are plumbers. They both can do many of the same jobs, but the quality of work and the ability to correctly diagnose the problem is very different. A master plumber has attended at least 4 years of schooling and has over six years of experience.
- Is the plumber bonded?
You also want to make sure the plumber is bonded. This is another term for insured. This means that if something is broken or damaged during the repair or installation process, the plumber has insurance that covers the cost of repair or replacement.
How many years has the plumber been in the trade? This would reflect their educational experience and their years on the job. Every plumbing system is different. Sometimes contractors or do-it-yourselfers create plumbing nightmares that require a professional who has seen it all.
- Solid Estimate Upfront
A reputable plumber will always come onsite and look at the problem before giving a solid estimate. Make sure the plumbing company combines the standard visit fee with the cost of the repair or you could have a surprise in the bill. Also, make sure that the quote or estimate includes the cost of the materials.
- Make sure that parts and labor have a written warranty.
There should be at least a one year warranty on both materials and labor. Some companies will only give a 30 day warranty on labor. You will have to decide whether or not that is adequate, depending on the service you need.
- Can the plumbing company provide you with references?
Any successful plumbing company will be able to provide you with reference customers. By checking the references, you can be more confident that you are selecting the right plumber for the job. You can also check on Yelp, Google +, and other online reviews.
The following video by Ocean Plumbing give you more tips for choosing a plumbing service.