Finding an expert service to do any plumbing repairs on your home can be intimidating. You want the job done well and by a qualified professional. When it comes to plumbing, it is especially important to know exactly who you are hiring. Fortunately, taking a little bit of time to ask a potential plumber a few questions before hiring can make the process easy and less stressful.
The first and most important thing to ask your plumber about is their licensing. Licensed plumbers have passed a test showing they are knowledgeable and experienced. They also know current building codes. Hiring non-licensed plumbers may mean your plumbing-job may not be completed up to code.
The next question to ask is about insurance. Accidents can happen and, even with a licensed plumber, it is reassuring to know that any type of incident is covered. The insurance covers both you and the plumber for peace of mind.
3: Specialty Plumbers-
You should also ask about specialty areas. Some plumbers are specialized while some just do general plumbing. If your problem is something specific, it may be a good idea to go with someone specializing in that area. It can save a bit of time and repair costs.
4: Cost Analysis-
Cost is also an important subject to ask about. Find out if the plumber charges for a service fee to simply look at the problem and give estimates. Ask about hourly rates, how much they charge for parts, and how much it would cost in an emergency.
Lastly, it is extremely important to ask for references. You can ask for however many references you would like but a common suggestion is to ask for five references. Plumbers can tell you how great of a job they do; but the best way to gauge their performance is to hear about it from previous clients. A list of satisfied clients willing to provide references should not be hard to come by. If a plumber is reluctant to provide a list or can’t, that is a red flag that something isn’t quite right.
Always remember that things may not always be as they seem. Transparency is important in any costly undertaking. You can make the right choice the first time by calling Powell’s Plumbing at 540-636-8196 for your plumbing concerns. Our Licensed professionals mean business!