How to Find A Good Plumber
Finding a good plumber can be a monumental task, but doesn’t have to be impossible. A little bit of research, preparation, and foresight can help you find a skilled professional that can get the job done right the first time and for a reasonable price.
Why is it so hard to find a good plumber? Like any technical job, all of the power lies in the professional’s hands. Most people can tell apart a sink and a toilet, but that is the extent of their plumbing prowess. At the intermediate level, you might be able to unclog the john using the might of your plunger and about an hour of your time. Beyond that, most people would rather ignore what happens after they flush. Until, of course, trouble starts brewing. But how can you price a service if you don’t know what they’re doing, or even what you might have done to cause the problem in the first place?
It can be hard to trust a stranger in your home who is staring into one of your most private areas. In these cases, people are often so embarrassed by the situation that they’ll agree to whatever price and whatever length of time the plumber quotes. Later on, they’ll often realize they’ve been scammed out of money. And if it isn’t humiliation that is driving your fear, it is often desperation. When a pipe bursts and your living room is flooded, there is little time to comparison shop. Stress levels are rising, and there is the overwhelming desire to simply get the problem fixed and out of sight.
The truth is, finding a good plumber isn’t all that hard, it just takes more effort than blindly picking the first name in the phone book. If you’ve moved to a new area, you may wish to ask neighbors and friends who they would recommend, or even take the time to interview and pick out a short list of potential candidates before you even have a problem. Being prepared takes away a great deal of hassle when there is an emergency. If you’re not the type to anticipate plumbing problems and you are in the middle of an urgent crisis, try to stay calm. Clean up any mess that you can (this will buy you time and possibly spare you some humiliation, depending on what broke). Then, once you’ve had time to think, call a few local agencies and ask about prices, working hours, and any service guarantees that are available.
When choosing a plumber, they should meet a few basic requirements. Anyone you allow in your home should be certified, insured, able to supply referrals, and offer some form of service guarantee. That means, if they fix it and a week later it beaks again, they will come back and repair it for no charge. Parts will normally come with their own warranties from suppliers, but don’t forget to inquire about this as well. You’ll find prices can range widely, so it’s best to average out the numbers after making a few calls. What time of day you require service and what part of town you live in relative to the plumbing shop will also have an impact on cost. So try to stick with professionals that live nearby subcontractors and suppliers, then wait until a reasonable hour to call.