Things to Consider Before Hiring a Service Plumber
Plumbing problems are more common than you think, especially when it comes to older homes. Whether the issue is as simple as a leaky faucet or a clogged drain, or something more complex like installing a sink or changing a pipe, they’re all capable of creating costly problems and inconveniences. While the small problems can be rectified by the homeowners themselves, the complex ones will need the attention of a skilled plumber.
Before you hire a service plumber there are a few considerations to keep in mind:
The plumber you hire should be licensed and insured. The license number should be conspicuously displayed on vehicles and also mentioned in advertisements. The license helps confirm that the company is a qualified. Also, with a licensed plumber you can rest assured that your interests are insured should something go wrong with the plumbing job.
Often homeowners make the mistake of hiring a plumber only on the basis of a license, without realizing that experience matters a great deal, too. It is crucial that you consider the plumber’s experience before hiring them as there is no point in hiring an inexperienced one lacking the necessary skills. And although an experienced plumber may come with a higher tag he will likely get the work done in a professional manner.
3. Total Cost
Most professional plumbers will come to your home to take a look at the job and provide you with an estimate before beginning the repair. Ask the plumber if the amount quoted is inclusive of the cost of labor and materials Also inquire if the total estimate is a flat rate (one that won’t increase later due to labor costs) or an hourly rate (excluding the cost of materials). The latter can prove to be expensive if the job runs for a longer period of time. It’s better to confirm with your plumber beforehand how they expect to be paid. Most professional plumbers prefer to receive payment upon the completion of the repair.
Check with your plumber about the kind of guarantee they offer. Do they offer a written agreement that guarantees their work within a specific period of time? What if you’re not satisfied or something goes wrong with the work done? Without such a guarantee, you may be responsible for paying for another round of repairs, should further problems or complications arise.
Ensure that the plumbing contractor you hire provides his employees with worker’s compensation and liability insurance as these cover the plumber in case of an injury. In the absence of such an insurance, the homeowner would be held responsible for medical bills and related costs. Liability insurance pays for repairs and damages to your home arising through the actions of the plumber. Without liability insurance, the homeowner would be liable to pay for the damages.
6. Response Time
When calling for emergency plumbing services, inquire about how soon they can fix the problem. While many emergency plumbers can be reached at all times, response times can vary. Are you leaving a message or speaking with a company who understands your emergency and can dispatch a technician quickly?
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