The internet today has made hiring a plumber as easy as sending them an email. The problem though because it is so simple is that people forget to ask important questions imperative to hiring an excellent plumber for the job. Despite there being dozens of plumbers in any given major city around the world, the fact is that few have the experience, certification and talent to fix plumbing issues that never bother you again. Finding these elite plumbers requires more steps than simply calling up the first number you see in the yellow pages. Below we look at what mistakes you should avoid when hiring a plumber.
Not knowing the plumber’s specialty
Even though every plumber can fix a leaking faucet or dripping pipe the fact is that there are few plumbers that specialize in installing hot water systems from scratch, troubleshooting central plumbing systems and unclogging often hard to reach drains. Usually, plumbers that can do these types of things specialize in it, if you don’t hire a specialist there is good chance that the job will not be done as it should. This is why you need to find for instance a plumber that specializes in hot water system installation if that is what you want done. Don’t settle for a plumber that simply says they can do it.
Not searching for reviews
The majority of plumbers in most cities around the world thankfully have websites which means that they are easy to hire. However, the other benefit of them having websites is that people are also talking about them online. This is why it makes sense to search for plumber reviews in your city. If you are not able to find reviews then it could mean that the plumber is new. Good reviews obviously equate to a good service but no reviews equate to spending more time finding out about the business or simply assuming that they are new.
Assuming what they will charge
You should never assume what a plumber will charge and what they charge is not standard across the entire industry. This is why the best thing to do would be to get a quote for the job you want done. Get quotes from all the leading plumbers in your area and choose the cheapest one if you’re on a tight budget. That said in the plumbing industry you get what you pay for and so if you want a job done perfectly you may have to pay slightly higher for it. When applying for a quote make sure to mention that you want an all-inclusive quote which includes everything even taxes. This way you know the exact dollar amount to compare across all the plumbing services you are considering.
Not finding out about guarantees
It goes without saying that a great plumbing service will back their service up with numerous guarantees. You should at least get a satisfaction guarantee. Not being given a guarantee means that the service is not confident in the plumbing jobs that they do. Always hire a plumbing service who at least gives you a guarantee whereby you can report a problem reoccurring within a given number of days during which they will fix it for free.