Eventually, every building needs help of a professional plumber to address problems like leaking faucets, clogged sink, and drainage blockage, etc. But, getting a right plumber often becomes a big task in itself. If you end up with a bad plumber, you just do not waste money, time and energy, but you also have to endure the agony of leaking faucet, if that is what you want to get fixed. So, instead of relying on your destiny and choosing a random plumber from yellow pages, you should be careful in choosing a plumber.
Plumbers charge on the hourly basis. You should not end up creating a hole in your pocket for the whole plumbing affair. Compare the rates, but choosing a plumber solely based on the rate is not a good idea. A veteran plumber may charge a high per-hour rate but he may resolve the problem in no time, which eventually will save your money.
Choose a plumber based on customers’ satisfaction, testimonials, and reputation; rather than on cost alone. Read testimonials, seek advice from experts, and references from friends and family before hiring any plumber. This will save you the horror to hiring a wrong guy for your emergency plumbing work.
Scrutinize every detail before calling a plumber
Before you call a plumber, make a list of plumbing issues in your home. Go through all drains, faucets, and sinks of your house, and a make a list of things that call for an inspection. This will minimize additional trip charges levied by the plumber, set-up time, and time wastage caused by multiple visits.
Insured and licensed
Last but not the least, the plumber should be fully insured – with both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Insurance should be up to date. It will protect you in case some accidents happen when the guy is fixing the issue. Make sure the plumber carries his license, and it is up-to-date and valid. Check if there has been any active complaint against the concerned license before calling anyone home.
You can use the above tips to find a reliable plumber in your neighborhood, but before you call anyone, you should keep in mind that many plumbing emergency can easily be avoided.
If a few small conscious efforts can actually prevent the need of calling a plumber, why should not you try that? For example, if you keep sinks and shower drains clean, and do not pour greasy stuffs into it, you will not need a plumber for long time. To that end, you may pour boiling sudsy water, from time to time, to keep the sink clog-free. Make sure the drain opening has strainer. Keep a check on the frozen pipes. Make sure all pipes are well insulated.