When you have a problem with the pipes in your home, you always want to call a professional. Trying to do anything yourself can be an expensive mistake. But, the only problem is, how do you know that the plumber you call is a good one? Look below for some tips on how to make sure you hire a good plumber.
When you need a plumber the first thing you should do is ask around. You can search online for a plumber but getting direct recommendations from people is much better. Ask friends or family who live in the same area if they know any good plumbers. If your friend had a good experience with a plumber then it would make it more likely that you would have a good experience too. Also, if you know some other professionals you trust, like an electrician or contractor, they might know a good plumber in the area to call. Also, when you call the plumber, let them know who referred you to them, this might get you a discount.
If asking around for a good plumber from friends and family turns up no promising results, then turn to the internet. Search up "plumbers near me" to see how many local options you have provided to you. Look at the plumber's websites to see details like how many years they have been working, what hours they offer service, how many employees they have, and any other details the website provides to help inform your decision.
Read Online Reviews:
When you find a plumber online, read their reviews. Read an equal amount of positive, negative, and neutral reviews. Finding out the consensus of each type of review to get a good idea of what they are actually like and what might just be an outlier. Seeing all the reviews will give you a good idea of the pros and cons of the plumber. Maybe they did everything perfectly and got a lot of positive reviews, but the consensus of the negative reviews is that they overcharge for the work or tracked a lot of dirt into the house. It is about deciding if you are able to handle or risk the negatives in order to experience the positives. Also, even if the plumber was referred to you by someone you trust, it would not hurt to read their online reviews too.
Make Sure They Have A License:
Get Multiple Quotes:
When you hire a plumber, you have to make sure that they actually have a plumbers' license. Before you let anyone into your house to work on the pipes you have to make sure they are a licensed plumber and have full insurance that will protect you in the event that something goes horribly wrong and the plumber ruins your house. Also, them having a license shows they are at least in some way competent at their job.
The last thing you want when hiring a plumber is to have them overcharge you or undercharge you and end up doing a bad job. A good idea to prevent this is to call multiple places and get a quote from them. See how much each place is would charge you to have a plumber come and fix whatever needs to be fixed. This way, you can easily see what the standard cost should be. You'll be able to see who is charging WAY too much and you can also see who is charging suspiciously too little for the same job. This will ensure you get a competent plumber at a cost that won't break the bank.
Call the Plumber:
If you have done everything already listed above and are still having trouble figuring out what plumber to go with, call them. Sometimes the final factor when deciding on a plumber is just a gut feeling. Call the plumber directly to talk with them. Maybe one will be a lot nicer on the phone than the other plumbers and that will be why you decide to hire them. You can also ask them how long they have been working as a plumber, the more experience they have the better, and hearing the answer directly from their mouth can be a lot more comforting than reading it on a website. You could also ask them to explain exactly what they will do to your pipes, this will also help show you what plumbers seem to actually know what they are talking about. Regardless of what you chose to ask them about, simply calling the plumbers can make your decision a lot easier.
Finding a good plumber to come work on your house can be a lot harder than you might think. But, hopefully, these tips have made it a bit easier for you. Good luck.