If you are living in an old house, the occurrence of plumbing problems will be common. The problem can be as simple a block drain or something as complicated as requiring a new laundry room. If you are a hand on homeowner, then you can fix the simple problems like blocked drains, but the complex problems will require the service of a professional plumber.
For those complex problems, the following are things that need consideration before hiring a plumber to fix them.
A major consideration when repairing your home is price, the different in cost from one plumber to another can be huge. Do you hire a plumber sole on price consideration? A low priced quote may be as a result of the low quality of work to be done by the plumber; your target is the hire the best plumber for the best price. When searching for a plumber to hire, go for those that offer free estimates. If the work to be done is not an emergency, it is ideal that you get as much quote as possible to enable you to compare price.
When hiring a plumber do not hire one that just recently just got licensed or worse still a plumber that is not yet licensed. One of the greatest assets a plumber can have is experience, the more experience a plumber has, the more adept he will be to handling any surprise when fixing the problem. An experience may charge higher but you are sure that the quality will be better and the job will be completed faster.
What type of warranty is the plumber offering for the work done? Is there a written agreement guaranteeing the work for a period? For example, 1 week, 30 days, 90 days e.t.c. If there is no written guarantee for work done then if a problem comes up from the work the plumber will not be liable.
References are a critical part of the decision to hire a plumber. If the plumber was not recommended to you by someone you know or you already know them before, a reference is critical. The reference will be able to tell you a lot about the plumber. For example, the quality of his work, timeframe typically used to complete a job and the level of honesty. If the plumber cannot provide a credible reference that you can contact, then you need to keep searching for a plumber.
Before you hire any plumber to work in your house, the plumber must not only be licensed but insured. If you are undertaking a major plumbing job, a city permit is required apart from the plumber’s license. The plumber should be able to show you their license number, and in most cases, the number is displayed on their van or in an advert to confirm the legitimacy of the plumber.
It will reassure that you are cover in case anything goes wrong if the plumber is licensed and insured. If there is a problem as a result of an unrelated problem to what you hired the plumber for, the insurer will protect you.
A trustworthy business will offer emergency service if there is a problem that arises as a result of their work.
There are other qualities that you may consider when hiring a plumber; you can look at the plumber personality e.g. how friendly the plumber is, the plumber community service and how religious is the plumber? However, the listed five considerations are the most important. The need for plumbing work is part of being a homeowner that is why you need a plumber that is professional and can get the job done fast and accurately.