What to Consider When Choosing a Plumber
Plumbing is one of the most vital systems in any home. Can you even picture broken faucets, or worse, broken toilets? The idea is revolting by itself, and that’s hardly where it stops. There are many other scenarios that make plumbing crucial to our everyday life, which is why we have to be wise when hiring a plumber, whether for repairs or new installations.
Here are the most important things to consider before choosing someone to fix your plumbing issues:
License and Insurance
A plumbing license is proof of good training and education, experience and competence. Additionally, this assures you that the plumber is covered by insurance (this is a requirement for licensing). This ensures that if they or someone else gets injured while they’re working in your property, you will not be liable for medical costs or lost wages. If they cause any accidental damage, whether to your property or your neighbor’s, you will be free of liability as well.
There is no question about the importance of cost when hiring a plumber, but it’s not the only consideration you should make. Many other issues should be taken into account, such as customer service, workmanship, and the rest. We all want to stretch our finances, but if you get bad results for doing so, then it’s just not worth it.
Unless you have a personal referral for the plumber you’re currently considering, spend time reading web reviews. This will clue you in on the quality of the work the tradie is capable of according to their past clients’ own accounts. However, for objective and reliable reviews, stick to well-known third-party consumer websites like Angie’s List, Yelp and your local Better Business Bureau.
Ask your potential plumber for at least two or three client references and take time to call these people. Ask whatever you think must be asked, but ultimately, you can come down to, “Will you work with the same plumber again in the future?” If the plumber seems hesitant to give you references or won’t give you any at all, there’s no reason to find out why. Just find another potential plumber.
Finally, a good plumber may be casual in their ways, but they will always be polite and committed to their word. If they say they will come at 3pm, they will be there on time. If they say they’re going to give you a discount, they will. They are also easy to contact and responsive to your needs. You can get a feel of a plumber’s professionalism right from the first call you make. How they treat you with that first phone call should be no different from the way they will treat you moving forward.