A plumber isn’t something you need every day. But when you do need one, it’s something you need right away. So here are some tips on hiring a plumber.
Where to Find a Plumber
Finding a plumber isn’t so easy. However, online directories such as Yelp.com can help you find a plumber in your area. Google is also another search choice. In any event, there are several online directories to choose from.
Beware of Negative Reviews
One or two negative reviews should not be a deterrent to hiring a plumber. But more than that (or no reviews at all) might be an issue. Read through the reviews to get a better idea of what people’s feelings are.
Discover the Plumbers’ Rates
Of course, you may not know in advance what a plumber will charge if you don’t know what the problem is yourself. But when you call or email a plumber, you can give them some idea of the problem in general, and they will provide you with an idea. For example, you can tell them you have a leaky faucet or a runny toilet or whatever, and they should give you an idea of the cost. Of course, the rate might depend if the plumber is coming on the weekend or late at night.
Find Out if the Plumber is Licensed
Probably when you search for a plumber through Yelp, they will have a website that gives their credentials. There you could see what tests the plumber has passed to get their license. Some states do not require licensing, so you could ask the plumber if they have a permit if one is not listed on their site.
Find Out if the Plumber is Bonded
This needs to be a must. A plumber might get hurt on the job, and you don’t want to be responsible if he or she does. So the plumber you hire should be bonded and insured.
Will the Plumber Guarantee His or Her Work?
When hiring a plumber, whatever repairs they do should be guaranteed. If they replace parts, find out how long the warranty is on the parts.
What is the Length of Their Experience?
There are different types of experience for plumbers. They range from apprentice to expert. Though it is probably best to hire the master plumber, they would probably be the most expensive as well. So it depends on what you are comfortable with.
Some Closing Thoughts
Hiring a plumber can be a frightening experience. It is something you probably don’t do very often.
So choosing the right plumber can be difficult. Also, it depends on what you need the plumber for: is this a one-time job to fix a leaky faucet, or is this a significant remodeling job to overhaul your pipes completely?
In any event, if you look through an online directory such as Yelp, or just search with Google, you will probably find some good choices in your area for your plumbing needs. Hopefully, they will have a website for you to look through, so good luck with your plumber search.