In the perfect world,everyone would have a reliable, competent plumber on standby for every time an emergency plumbing situation arises. But in the real world, plumbing situations often occur out of the blue and finding a good emergency plumber at that desperate moment can be nigh impossible. But you can still make quick decision that would ensure that you plumbing problem gets solved right away if you knew what to look for and where.
There are several ways of finding the right plumber. Recommendations from you real estate agent or trusted friends and neighbors are priceless. But if you don’t know anyone who has previously used a plumber, then the Internet is the next base place to look. But you will still have to do some legwork to verify the quality of service offered by every plumbing company offering their services through the web before selecting one.
1. Ensure that the plumber you hire is licensed. Without the proper license, it is nigh impossible to verify the plumber’s credentials.
2. Ask whether the plumber is covered by insurance. Although plumbing companies are often required to provide proof of insurance cover before being licensed, it would hurt for you to make sure. If unsecured, the plumber could potentially sue you if he/she gets injured while working at your residence.
3. Inquire whether the plumber offers guarantee for their work. Verifying parts and labor is an industry standard. Beware of plumbers who don’t offer any form of guarantee for their work.
4. Ensure that you always get at least three different quotes from three different plumbing companies for your problem. Beware of any company whose quote is ridiculously lower than what other companies have quoted. It is quite possible that they aren’t factoring in the full scope of the project or worse, using sub par materials.
5. When you first call the firm, take note of who answered the phone. Reliable plumbers would have a secretary or an assistant answering the phone when they are unable to do so.
6. Companies that have won awards and have professional affiliations should always be preferred. Both are good pointers to a plumber who is not only good in the business, but has also been recognized by other professionals.
7. Ask what services will be provided for the price quoted.
8. A good plumber should provide you with a fairly accurate quote together with a price ceiling in case the problem turn out to be bigger than expected. In cases when it is hard for th plumber to give you a quote over your phone without first assessing the damage, request for the “worst case scenario” quotation.
9. Before making your final choice, search online for customer reviews to check the quality of work offered by the plumber. Better Business Bureau is a great place to look for such reviews although Yelp can also be equally helpful. But keep in mind that no plumber is perfect and one or two bad reviews should therefore not be a deal breaker.
Whether you only need to keep yourself prepared for future plumbing problems, are responding to a plumbing emergency or you just need some new plumbing installed in your residence, it is crucial that you take enough time to research plumber before selecting one. It is said that you get what you pay for but price isn’t necessarily the best way to evaluate a plumbing company’s credentials. The plumbing system is one of those parts of the home that you simply wouldn’t want done wrong. As long as time allows it, be as thorough as you can be. Information provided by: http://www.boiseplumber.org