Why No One Talks About Plumbers Anymore

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Finding a Quality Plumber The best time to look for a plumber is before a plumbing emergency arises. Unfortunately, when people are facing an emergency, they have very little time – if any – to research a plumber. When the toilet leaks or the basement ceiling is wet because a pipe broke upstairs, getting help is priority. First off, call someone whose opinion you trust – probably a homeowner friend or acquaintance. Most people have, at one time or another, hired a plumber and can recommend someone they liked. If you know a contractor or builder, give them a call as well. These people deal with plumbers on a regular basis and often have well-formed opinions about various local plumbers, the quality of work they do, and how competitive they are in terms of pricing.
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Also speak to the real estate agent who helped you buy your home. Most agents will be happy to help their former clients.
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When calling a plumber, unless after hours, don’t just leave your name and phone 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 talking to the plumber, ask for their license number. There’s no reason to be shy – just say it’s a requirement to make a homeowner’s insurance claim. Also remember to ask 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. If you or any member of your household is harmed in any way, their liability insurance will cover that. Of course, before the job starts, you have to set things straight regarding 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 might have to ask for a “worst-case scenario” price. Finally, check if the plumber offers a service warranty. Anyone who can’t stand behind his own work for an acceptable period is a complete waste of your cash 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.