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Everything you need to know about hiring a plumber

Hiring a plumber to conduct work in your home – or anywhere for that matter – is an important task, but how can you be sure if you’re hiring the right plumber to fix the problem? After all, plumbers should be adept at managing emergency problems. Here’s your guide on how to hire the right plumber to suit your needs.

What to look for in a plumber

Are you planning on remodeling a bathroom soon? Plumbing systems are elaborate and complicated, therefore you want to leave the work to a professional who can be trusted. More importantly, you want someone who will complete the job right the first time, which will prevent you from spending money fixing improper plumbing fixes.

Here are some things to consider in your search for one:

  • Specialists
  • Certifications
  • Installation
  • Maintenance & Repairs
  • Finding a Great Value

Look for a Specialist

Whether you need a plumber to complete a bathroom or kitchen renovation, or have a busted pipe that needs an emergency repair, you want to look for a plumber* who has specialized in that specific job you’d like to have done. After you’ve consulted our database of plumbing contractors, find out what contractors specialize in what. Does this company focus on emergency calls, or do they make time for renovation projects?

Doing this homework can ensure you choose a plumber that will meet your needs and get the job done properly.

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Choose a Licensed Plumberplumbing2

While doing your homework, find a plumber that holds a proper plumbing license or boasts some form of certifications. Lack of licensing and certifications** can pose a red flag for a contractor since they may not have the knowledge and experience needed to get your project done, which could cost you a lot more money when plumbing issues need fixing. Don’t be shy – call a few companies and request information on their licensing and standing just to be sure.

Installation

When a plumber has arrived at your house to identify the scope of work – big or small – listen to how they communicate with you. If they have a great understanding of what needs to be done and can easily communicate those details to you, then your in a experienced plumbing contractor’s company. If a plumber is unsure of what they’re looking at in terms of the plumbing work that needs to be done and can’t give you a straight answer, they may not be able to meet your needs. A reputable plumbing contractor should be able to tell you what can be done in order to reach your goals.

Just because you’re not a plumber doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a general understanding of plumbing systems. Take a look at this video. It’s only a few minutes!

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You’ve met with suitable plumbing contractors who are capable of meeting your plumbing needs in your home. After a proper installation or repair is complete, they should be able to take care of any maintenance and repairs that may arise after the initial plumbing is completed. They should offer you these services as a precaution should plumbing problems arise later. Proper maintenance is essential to the health of your home and plumbing systems. Lack of maintenance services and warranties will result in higher repair costs later.

Finding a Great Value

Who doesn’t want to save money on just about every house project they’re working on? If a plumbing company claims to offer the best pricing, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the best value for your money. Before you look at dollars and cents, find a plumber with a great reputation:

  1. Read reviews online;
  2. Talk to people who have hired plumbers in the past;
  3. Get three quotes.

Most of the time, a plumbing contractor’s reputation will precede them, and gathering at least 3 quotes will help you make a calculated decision on who to hire since you’ll have an opportunity to compare price points.

Cheap plumbing doesn't always equal good plumbing. Don't let this happen to you!

Cheap plumbing doesn’t always equal good plumbing. Don’t let this happen to you!

Now that you’re armed with all the information you need to hire the right plumber for your home, why not get started now? We have an extensive database of plumbing contractors who specialize in emergency plumbing and renovations involving plumbing. Read customer reviews and reach out to contractors directly on our website.

About the Author: Daniel Bailey is an eieihome.com contributor. A home renovation & improvement enthusiast, he wants to educate readers on important matters involving home ownership.

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