The last thing on most people's mind is hiring a plumber, so when you find yourself standing in six inches of water you'll let anyone into your home with the promise of getting the water to just stop! Even small plumbing problems can turn into an emergency visit from a plumber, so it's important to do a little advance research on plumbers.
The best time to look for a plumber is before you actually need one, and the best place to start your research is to check out a few websites. Make sure you can see the plumber's state license number on their website. Plumbers are required to display their license number, so if you can't find it on their website, move on to the next one. Don't forget to check out the reviews and ask your neighbors for any recommendations.
Once you’ve narrowed your list down to 5 or 6 plumbers, put a list of questions together. Make sure they have a current license and that they're insured. Ask about their rates: Will you be charged a flat fee or an hourly rate. Find out if there's a service charge. Ask if they charge extra for after hours, weekends or holidays. Will they provide a written estimate or contract before the work starts? Make sure to ask them about their guarantee.
Now that you’ve decided which plumber to use in emergencies, you might put a list together of all of your current plumbing problems. You could save a lot of money by having the plumber take care of all your problems at one time. After you’ve put your list of plumbing problems together, you might even decide to go ahead and call a plumber now so you can head off that emergency visit. This will also give you chance to make sure you made the right choice before you need a plumber for a major job.
If you ever find yourself facing a major plumbing project, you’ve got a list of plumbers to call so you can get at least two bids. When you’re involved with a major plumbing project, always get a written contract that specifies the type of work to be performed, the total charges, warranty coverage, the completion date and the condition in which the plumber will leave the house. There will be times when a firm price for repairs is not possible. This is the time when you need to have a plumber you can really trust.
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