You wake up one morning and you look and your toilet is not flushing correctly, maybe your sink is not draining or your disposal is broken. There could be a number of other plumbing problems that you might find, such as, heating and cooling problems, swamp cooler startup/shutdown, HVAC problems, leaking faucet and others. This can happen in residential or commercial buildings. What do you do? Which local plumbing company are you going to call?
Emergencies happen all the time when it comes to plumbing and they usually happen when you least expect it. When you are under the gun and in an emergency situation, sometimes you end up making mistakes on choosing the right plumber for the job. It can be tough, but here are 6 tips to help you choose the best plumber. When emergencies are in front of you, sometimes you can feel like the plumber is going to take advantage of you especially when you need emergency plumbing services. These tips are going to make sure that you end up choosing the best plumber for the job.
Tip #1: Pay by the job
You will never find a good plumber that will give you a bid over the phone. If you are getting that, run the other way. The best plumbers will give you a bid after seeing what the problem is and will tell you what it will cost by the job. The unscrupulous plumbers are going to go by the hour and as they are working on one problem they are finding more things to charge you for, this is what you don’t want. So be careful if you are getting bids by the hour and not by the job.
Tip #2: Recommended by friends or relatives
Friends and relatives will have suggestions on who they have used in the past and they will know which ones are good and which are bad. They would never tell you to use someone that they themselves would not use. So when you don’t have time to do any research, just ask a friend or relative.
Tip 3: Do they have a valid license
Good plumbers are going to have a valid license that you can check on. Look up the number they give you online and see if it is valid and if any complaints have been filed against that number. This will tell you if they are at least good and have not done anyone anything wrong. Some of the best plumbers are going to know and understand the local building codes and will be able to explain to you what is needed for the job to be in code.
Tip #4: Service agreement
It may be good to see if the plumber has some type of service agreement that you can get. That way when something else happens and you need to call to have service it may be covered within the service contract, which in the end can save you a lot of money. Not all companies provide a service contract but some do, so you might as well ask and see if they have one. Most will let you know and offer it to you.
Tip #5: Ask a real estate agent
Real estate agents can be some of the best people to ask or recommend a good plumber. They are in the business and have had many housing inspections done and know who does a good job and who doesn’t. So give one a call, it can’t hurt to check and see what they say. Who knows they may recommend a company that you were thinking about hiring and this will make you feel better knowing that someone in the business is recommending them and can leave you with confidence knowing the job will be done right.
Tip #6: Don’t go off the lowest price
Last but not least is don’t hire someone just because they gave you the lowest bid. Next don’t hire some handyman that does odd plumbing jobs, in some cases they can cause you more problems that down the road it will cost you more money to fix what these handyman broke or did wrong. Sometimes the lowest bid is going to cut corners and not do the job right or when they get there and start doing the work, they keep saying they are finding more and more wrong and you end up spending more than what you should have.
As you can see there are some things that you can do to make sure that you are going to get the best plumber for the job that you need. These tips should help you and leave you feeling better when it comes time to hire someone knowing that you did these things and you feel that you are going to get a good job.
Cheap is not always best, remember this. Quality is the name of the game and if it cost a couple dollars more to ensure that you are going to get that, then that is what you should do.