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How to Hire a Plumber

Hiring a plumber is a decision you need to take seriously.Plumbers deal with some of the most important functionalities of your home, and when you pick the wrong guy, you’re setting the stage for costlier and riskier repairs in the future.

These tips should help you locate a good plumber:

License

Plumbers are required in most states to hold a license. If this isn’t true in your state, at least check for any formal complaints that may have been filed against your prospect.

Insurance

Plumbers need to be insured, and in some cases, bonded too. This protects both you and the plumber in the event of an injury or accident.

Industry Experience

When hiring a plumber, it’s always a must to ask them how long they’ve been in this line of work. An established company usually employs veteran plumbers, but you still have to ask anyway. If a plumber or company has been operating for years, that usually means they have a track record of quality work.

Pricing

After assessing a job, a professional plumber will know exactly what to do and will be able to give you an accurate estimate. Be wary of any estimate that seems too cheap.It usually means that the plumber will be cutting corners or using substandard parts.

Warranty

Reputable plumbers always guarantee their work, including every part they used. Most warranties are good for a period of one year. If a plumber will not guarantee his work, look elsewhere.

References

Plumbers should always provide references when asked. Otherwise, you should strike them off your list. Talking to a plumber’s past customers is one of the best ways of knowing the quality of their work.

Comparisons

Sometimes, you meet a plumber who seems heaven-sent, until you meet an equally qualified plumber who charges half the first one’s rate. This is why it’s important to consider at least two or three plumbers before deciding on one – after all the comparisons. With the Internet at your beck and call, this can’t be more difficult than 1-2-3.

You’ve likely heard this before but it’s always worth repeating – choose a plumber well before an emergency. Don’t wait for an event that forces you to settle with the first plumber that comes along. Besides increasing your costs when you have to redo a poorly done job, lingering plumbing issues can also be a burden for everyone in the household. It can even be a health hazard. Any plumbing issue should be fixed as soon as possible and correctly at that. That is why you have to spend some time looking for the right guy for the job.

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