A plumber is one of those home specialists that you don’t think you’ll ever need. After all, you can simply unclog pipes and drains yourself with one of those “miracle” substances you may have seen on TV that can magically remove obstacles in the drain simply by being poured into it. That is, until you actually need a real plumber.
When you do a Google search for a plumber, however, you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the sheer number of plumbers in your area. This is why, in today’s post, we share how to sift through the mediocrity and find the plumber that can make a difference.
Licensed & Insured
Asking a plumber for their license is like asking a driver for their driver’s license. A license shows that they have the right to actually be doing what they do. Otherwise, an unlicensed plumber could cause more headaches; in that case, you might as well do it on your own!
Still, you should be aware that, depending on your state, the requirements and licensing for plumbers may vary. A plumber’s training and expertise level may also change depending on the license. If in doubt, you can always touch base with your local county or state office to check the registration and licensing of your chosen plumbing contractor.
Most licensed plumbers are also bonded and insured. While this is generally a given, it never hurts to ask. If you’re looking at a licensed plumber versus one that’s licensed but doesn’t have both bonding and insurance, always choose the former.
Estimates & Quotes
Like many service professionals, most plumbers also provide estimates before they actually begin a project. If you’re still shopping around for contractors, get at least three written estimates, each from a different contractor, and decide which one provides the best value–don’t simply go with the cheapest option. Remember that a good estimate will be on paper (as proof and record) and contain the broken-down cost details of each material.
Also ask if the estimate is a flat rate, which means the cost of the service won’t change due to various labor expenses.
Word of mouth is one of the best things a plumber—or any professional—can have going for them, especially if you’re hiring a local contractor. Ask your neighbors for any recommendations, or if you’ve shortlisted a few already, ask them if they’ve encountered the contractors on your list.
Looking at online reviews might also help; Facebook can give you an idea of where to start.
Plumb Straight Plumbing Inc. is the area’s top plumbing expert, and we have the licensing and references you’re looking for in a plumber. Learn what we can do for you by calling us at (904) 327-9972 or filling out our contact form.