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Essentials of Hiring a Plumber

Every household must have a plumber they can count on for emergencies. No one knows know when those drains will be blocked and when the typical unclogging measures become ineffective. But how can you spot a good plumber in the first place? The following are tips you should keep in mind:

> Seek referrals from friends and relatives in the area who may be able to give you recommendations.

> Stay away from plumbers who give you an estimate over the phone without having seen the job. Select someone who will come over to see the work first before providing you a quote.

> A good plumber will give you an estimate in writing, touching on all details of the project, from materials to labor to pricing and of course, when the job is likely to be completed.

> Obtain estimates from a lot of contractors, but don’t let the cheapest price be your key reason for choosing a contractor. More competent contractors may charge higher, but they probably offer more value for your money. Be suspicious with incredibly low bids.

> Know their equipment: do they use only the basics and none of the latest in plumbing technology, such as drain cameras and non-dig approaches for fixing pipe damage?

> Go with a plumbing contractor who has a license and is certified by your State Licensing Board. In many states, plumbers need a minimum of 5 years of on-the-job experience.

> Pick a plumber with insurance. This will be your shield against financial liability in case an accident occurs while work on your property is ongoing. Take note that reputable contractors will offer to show you proof of both general liability and workers compensation insurance.

A professional plumber should give you a list of previous customers whom you can call and interview about their performance, especially whether or not the client was satisfied with their work.

> Select a plumber who can provide a guarantee for their work and the materials used. The norm for the warranty is one year.

> Inquire how long they have been in operation and how long they have stayed in their present office. If they have been around for a while, that’s a good sign: it means they have proven themselves in the realm of quality plumbing work.

> Reliable contractors are professional in demeanor. They come on time and are polite. They need to have an office or shop facility, and they must be happy to receive you when you visit.

> Lastly, choose a plumber who will probably be available at a moment’s notice. How busy do they usually get? You don’t want to wait two weeks to get someone to fix a plumbing problem in your home.
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