How to Choose the Right Plumber
Choosing the right plumber for emergency work, home installation projects, or remodeling may seem like a walk in the park nowadays. The digital age has paved the way for a treasure trove of information literally at one’s fingertips.
Unfortunately, though, the information available on plumbing contractors do not usually include an objective assessment of their expertise, workmanship, customer service, and their legitimacy. It is therefore in the best interest of every customer to carefully discern the plumbing contractor to hire.
But how should a homeowner choose the right plumber? Are there reputable websites he can surf to find licensed plumbing contractors? what are the questions she should ask and what are the qualities he should look for?
This article will feature a guide on hiring the right plumber, from where to find contractors, to the best questions to ask before finally hiring one.
Finding a reputable plumber
A homeowner should know what he is looking for if he wants to find a reputable plumber. Every plumbing company would say that they are the best in the field and that they are fully-legitimate but such statements are not proof that they can do what is expected of them. Fortunately, there are ways to verify the legitimacy of a plumbing company. The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has a portion in their website where a customer can verify the license status of a plumbing contractor. The local Better Business Bureau website also features the same information and includes complaints filed against a contractor and the corresponding status of that complaint.
Another good website to check out when trying to find a contractor is a local chapter of a national plumbing contractors organization where they feature a members’ list per community.
Another way to verify the legitimacy of a good plumber is through objective reviews filed in third party websites and service aggregators such as Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and Yelp.com. Check the comments about the service, and see if they are consistent.
Qualities of a reliable plumber
A reliable plumber is one who has the appropriate licenses and permits to carry out plumbing work. He has active insurance and has bonds that could cover accidents and other potential damages that could occur during and after the job. Moreover, he provides great value for money. These service costs are reasonable in line with his expertise.