Many people feel that hiring a plumber is a daunting process. Any time you are dealing with a situation that requires a professional’s expertise there can be a lot of uncertainty. It’s hard to know what questions to ask and if you are getting a fair quote for the work scope, especially if you are unfamiliar with plumbing repair. Here are some tips that can help you navigate hiring a plumber.
Water raining down from the ceiling is a definite plumbing emergency, low water pressure maybe not such an emergency. Whatever the case, one tip for hiring a plumber, is to
ascertain if you are in a plumbing emergency or not. Is there an imminent health risk? Is there visible water damage? Is there running water that won’t stop? These would necessitate a plumbing emergency, call a professional right away.
Licensed and Insured
When hiring a plumber or any home services professional it is important to make sure they are licensed and insured. Sure, the unlicensed worker may not be charging as much, but your risk them Jerry-rigging the job, which could cause more damage and cost more money in the long run. A licensed plumber has had extensive training and education, is up to date on building codes, and knows how to properly and safely make the necessary repairs. In addition, a properly trained plumber will be able to better identify and located the problem because of their experience and knowledge. And as far as insurance goes, well that a no-brainer. It protects you the customer, and the plumber in the event that something goes wrong, which if they are properly trained is less likely to happen.
Did you know that different plumbers specialize in different things? It’s true. Some plumbers specialize in drain cleaning, other specialize in water heaters, and so on. When hiring a plumber, it is important to make sure you are hiring the right plumber for the job. While most plumbers do general plumbing repair, if you are having an issue with your septic tank, hiring a company that primarily does septic tanks is your best bet to make sure the job gets done correctly. You don’t want to mess around with plumbing repair.
Clear the Work-space
When hiring a plumber one if the best things you can do to help your plumber out is to clear the work-space. Remove any clutter or any obstructions that would inhibit access to the area. This saves time and enables your plumber to more accurately analyze the situation. When it comes to plumbing repair, especially leaks, time is of the essence to prevent further damage. By clearing the space to enable swift action and help protect your personal belongings from damage.
Hiring a plumber? Check out our Plumbing Directory to find a qualified plumber in your area.