Indoor plumbing is something we’ve all gotten used to. Maybe sometimes we even take it for granted. When our plumbing has an issue, like a clogged drain, or a backed-up toilet or sink, it’s when we realize how our lives would be different without it. That’s when we need to find someone who can fix the issue, and that person is called a plumber. So what should one look for when hiring a plumber? How do we know the person we hire is qualified to diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs?
One of the first, and most important questions to ask when hiring a plumber is whether or not they are licensed. Being licensed means the plumber is registered with a governing body at the state or local level. Why is licensing important? A non-licensed plumber’s work may not pass inspection. Major mistakes could be made by a non-licensed plumber which could result in water not fit to drink or bathe in. It could also result in code violations. It’s best to hire a plumber who is licensed to ensure they are qualified to do the required work or repairs.
Plumbing work can be very expensive, and you’ll want to know what kind of bill you will be facing. Many plumbers offer free estimates. Once you get the estimate, you should ask whether it includes labor, materials, and a contingency for any problems. Another good question regarding cost is whether the quote is a flat rate or an hourly rate. A flat rate would be all-inclusive, but the cost of an hourly rate could increase significantly if the job takes longer than expected. Always ask when payment is expected. Usually, a percentage is required to begin a job, with payments being made as work is done, and full payment upon completion of the work.
The next question you might want to ask is whether the plumber cleans up after himself. The answer should be an obvious yes, but this isn’t always the case. A plumber who does not clean up behind his work can leave a homeowner with a giant dirty mess, and old parts, and boxes from new parts that will all need to be cleaned up. If the plumber does not clean up after his work, you will probably end up being the one having to deal with the mess.
Lastly, before signing any kind of plumbing contract, you should ask what kind of warranty is offered. Some plumbers will offer to come back within a year to fix any problems that arise. Some may only offer warranties on certain repairs. It’s in your best interest to make certain that any kind of warranty or guarantee is in writing, and that the plumbing contractor you hire is licensed and insured.
A little research and investigation go a long way. By following these guidelines, and asking these questions, you should find a plumber who is competent, and capable of doing any plumbing work you require. So, contact Affordable Plumbing & Electric for all your plumbing needs.