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Tips for Choosing a Quality Plumber

The best time to look for a plumber is before a plumbing emergency arises. Unluckily, most people who have an emergency have almost no time to know more about a plumber. When the toilet leaks or the basement ceiling is wet because a pipe broke upstairs, getting help is priority.

First of all, talk to a homeowner friend or acquaintance you trust. Most people have, at one time or another, hired a plumber and can recommend someone they liked.

If you know a builder or contractor, call them too. These people deal with plumbers on a regular basis and often have well-formed opinions about various local plumbers, the quality of work they do, and how competitive they are in terms of pricing.
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Also speak to the real estate agent who helped you buy your home. Agents are usually willing to help.
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When you call a plumber, unless after business hours, don’t simply leave your name and contact number on their answering machine. And if a child answers the phone, be careful. Some reputable plumbers, especially in small communities or rural areas, do work out of their homes, but most of them are professional enough to take calls themselves, or at least employ an electronic receptionist.

When talking to the plumber, ask for their license number. Don’t feel nervous – say you need it to claim homeowner’s insurance.

Also remember to ask if they are insured, and ask for proof. The best plumbers are human too, and they can also accidentally damage plumbing structures or systems. They may even cause accidental injury to themselves while performing their task, so you should hire a plumber who is also covered by worker’s compensation. If you or anyone in your home is harmed in any way, that should be covered by their liability insurance.

Of course, you need to be very clear about price and costs before the job rolls out. Reputable plumbers will give you a written estimate or at least an estimate with a maximum price, except when the problem concerns the interior of a closed wall or ceiling. In a scenario like that, the plumber may not quote a firm bid until he has actually evaluated the condition of the affected structures. This is where you can ask for a “worst-case scenario” quote.

Lastly, make sure you choose a plumber that provides a service warranty. If they can’t guarantee their own work for a reasonable period, they are a waste of your money and time. Except when your pipes and other fixtures were very old to start with, a responsible plumber will always come back to repair whatever there is to be repaired after his initial visit.