The number of plumbers currently in any given major city may number in the dozens. Almost any classified newspaper, magazine or website you visit is littered with advertising of plumbers all of whom claim that they are professional. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these plumbers are not experienced nor are they professional. Some may have just been recently certified which means that they cannot be trusted with your plumbing job. Ideally, when you are searching for a plumber regardless of why you need one is to find a plumber who has years of experience, references, offers a guarantee and is priced competitively.
Tip no. 1: Short list all the experienced services
The easiest way to find a professional plumber is to shortlist all the plumbing services that have been around for over five to seven years. If a plumbing service has managed to survive for seven years they are definitely doing something right. Also, since these plumbing services are established there is a higher chance that even if they employ plumbers to work for them they are good plumbers. Once you have a list of around six to seven of the most established plumbing services in your area you can then go on and try to find out more about them.
Tip no. 2: Identify your problem
Why do you need a plumber in the first place? It is important to identify the problem for which you need a plumber. For instance, if you have a leaking faucet, almost any plumber can fix it unless it is a special type of faucet. However, if you have a large water heating system that is making strange noises then you need to find a plumber who specializes in that type of water heater. This is where knowing the problem you are facing can help. Sometimes the problem can be difficult to identify for instance, you may not be getting enough water in one of your bathrooms which could be for an array of reasons. So, you will want to find a plumber who specializes in identifying and fixing pipelines. Knowing the problem can help you a great deal in finding a good plumber.
Tip no. 3: Always get quotes
If you don’t want to overpay for plumbing services it’s always a good idea to get quotes. Describe the problem or show the plumber the problem you are having and ask them to give you an all-inclusive quote. This all inclusive quote will detail taxes, hourly wages, replacement parts etc. Once you get quotes from all of the leading plumbers in your area you can then begin to decide who to hire based on the quote they have provided. However, in the plumbing industry cheap is not always good so always take into consideration the plumber’s expertise and their experience.
Before deciding on which plumber to hire you obviously want to know how they worked for other people. A plumber if they are reputed and are confident that they have done a good job for their clients should have no problem providing you with a list of names and numbers as references. Plumbers that don’t provide you with references are often those who are new or who are sure that they have not done a good job. These are the types of plumber you obviously want to avoid. Also when you get the references make sure to call them. Ask the references you call what type of work they had done and how did they find the service? Ideally, they should have done the type of work you currently want to get done.
Tip no. 5: Take a look at their certification
Plumbers in many parts of the world in addition to experience need to be certified and have a license. This is something that you should check for because in the event that something goes wrong you can report them. A license is important and if they don’t show you a license its best not to do business with them. Also, if the business employs plumbers then ask the plumber who will be sent to do your job for his certification. Don’t just rely on their word for it!
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Mark has been a plumber for over a decade. He has worked for numerous commercial plumbing services all over the world and is considered an expert plumber. He usually undertakes a variety of different jobs and prefers commercial plumbing. However, he strongly recommends that people steer clear from unprofessional plumbers.