Finding the right kind of plumber can be a matter of pure luck or a lot of hard work. Either way, the benefit is that you will find a service man whom you can rely on to fix almost any kind of plumbing requirement or problem that your house or your property may develop. Serendipity is a very nice thing but cannot always be relied upon!
So here are a few practical tips to find a good plumber.
Keep at it
There are many sources of information that you can use when it comes to seeking the services of a good plumber. Some of the most popularly used and useful sources of information are:
- The Internet,
- Looking for advertisements placed by plumbers in local community boards or even local newspapers,
- Asking your neighbors, friends and even office colleagues for recommendations.
However, once you have used all these sources of information and made yourself a list of potential plumbers, you must make the time and the effort to find out more about them individually.
This could mean calling them over or visiting their offices and interacting with them. Trust your instinct on this because you will certainly come to know who is a good plumber and who is not when you meet them personally.
Start with small jobs
Another practical and easy way to find a good plumber is to trust him or her with the small jobs first. This will give you an opportunity to assess how neatly and professionally they do their work.
You could also check out whether they offer additional services such as cleaning up the area after they have finished their work. And once you get the bill from them, you can also check whether they have been fair and professional in this connection as well.
Once you are confident and comfortable about their abilities to do the small jobs, you can certainly ask them to take on increasingly bigger tasks as and when they arise.
Ask for information
Information as far as finding the right plumber goes can lie across aspects such as:
- Their certifications and licenses,
- Details for availability of insurance,
- Pricing system – whether it is a per hour charge or fixed charge.
- Extras as far as the bill is concerned in terms of various taxes, material costs and so on.
- Client references and testimonials.
The more the information you collect, the more helpful it would be for you to take the right kind of decision.
Interestingly, one of the tips that people follow is never to retain the services of a plumber who has come cold calling to your house. A busy plumber will probably not have the time to do so! However, this may not always be the case.
So if you have had details of a plumber pushed through your mailbox by the plumber himself, then you can certainly check out and figure out whether he fits your criteria of selection.
Before you hire someone, always check for complaints, if any, against the plumber. Putting the plumbers through a process of checks and references will help you a lot.
Jack is a full time interior designer and a part time blogger. He loves writing articles on interior decoration and home improvement. He recommends L&S TurnKeyPlumbing company for all plumbing solutions.