You don’t have to have a literal flood in your house to have a plumbing problem. A simple dripping of water from a tap will increase your bills, annoy and cause excessive water consumption. The clogged drain will cause serious troubles, and replacement of every bathroom item is a challenging task. In all these situations, having a good and reliable plumber to call for help is crucial. Unfortunately, there are many so called plumbers offering their services at the market without enough knowledge, license or even functioning as a pure fraud. To find a truly trusted and professional plumbing service, go through this rundown of some helpful advice and apply them when searching for an expert’s help.
Follow the license and references
Whether you are facing one plumber or calling a service, always make sure they are licensed and insured. Legal aspects should prove their minimum level of professionalism and the insurance will protect you from the potential damage caused by malpractice. Ask around among your friends, family, and colleagues to recommend you someone reliable they have worked with. It’s not a guarantee, but it comes close to it.
Look into the past and reputation
These aspects and gathered data might fool you, but some general rule suggests that reputable companies that are in the plumbing business for at least several years are a service you can lean on. True frauds, manipulations and lame services tend to fall out of the business and carry bad reputation among previous clients. So, start with the question about their experience and number of years in the business.
Read between the prices
Get at least few quotes for the job and compare the prices. Ask about charges per hour and ask for the explanation of the significantly higher or significantly lower prices compared to the competition. Suspiciously low prices sometimes represent hidden charges or low level of service quality, and similar wrong reasons explain significantly high prices.
Clarify the deal
The most important aspect is to be clear with the contract. Make sure to acquire precise information about the scope of work the plumber will provide and how much it truly costs. Once you get the clear picture, you can compare and evaluate. The last thing you want is unexpected charging or inadequate job. Also, make sure you got the fixed quote. Frequently used trick refers to providing one quote of the job during the negotiations and altering the total price once the job is done.
Look for the signs of professionalism
It’s true that the only real measure of the work quality is the work results itself, but there are some indirect signs you can use to estimate the level of responsibility, professionalism, and trustworthiness of the plumbing service. Look for punctuality, responsiveness, dedication, small signs of effort and caring and approximate levels of knowledge, depending on how much can you estimate the expert’s knowledge. Obvious declination from some of this aspect is probably suspicious and a bad sign. Sometimes, even a gut feeling helps, though try to stay to rational judgments.