Absolute “Must Knows” When Hiring a Plumber

What To Look For When Hiring a Plumber


Whenever a plumbing disasters occurs, time is of the essence. As such, many people rush to find the nearest plumber that they can find. But this can end costing you in the long run. Even though you may be in a hurry to find a plumber, to ensure that they do an effective job the first time around to avoid unnecessary expenses of hiring someone else to redo the job, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration before choosing a plumber.


A competent plumber should be an expert when it comes to alleviating plumbing related disasters. As such the only way that you can certify that they are in fact experts, is to inquire about their experience pertaining to completing other jobs for other clients. It’s also recommended that you ask for references as well.


Another thing you should consider is whether or not the plumber is legally certified and is within compliance with the state laws pertaining to receiving additional training periodically, and being up to date with the state and local codes for pipelines and gas lines. Even though plumbers learn from experience, their ultimate competence lies in their licensing. By hiring a plumber who is licensed, you protect yourself from the unfortunate scenario of having a plumber performing a job that makes the situation worse.


Some plumbers may do a poor job of fixing the problem which may ultimately lead to further issues related to the same problem further down the line. Which essentially means that you will have to spend more money for the same problem. Another thing you should consider is if the plumber has a warranty policy. A good plumber should have a warranty policy that states that they will complete the job the first time around, or come back to fix any problems that may occur pertaining to the same situation, free of charge.

Written Statements

One of the signs that may indicate a shady and unethical plumber is the refusal to provide a written estimate. Without a written estimate, even if the plumber tells you that you may have to pay $200 for the repair job, they can eventually charge you double due to legitimate and illegitimate reasons. Most states have regulations in place that protect the consumer from paying a certain percentage above what’s on a written estimate. This protects you from being overcharged by unethical plumbers who may try to take advantage of the fact that you are not knowledgeable about the inner working of their respective field of expertise, similarly to how car mechanics typically overcharge their customers due to a lack of knowledge on the consumer’s part.

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