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How To Hire A Plumber

stainless pipeWant to know how to hire a plumber? Plumbers are necessary for new home construction to install pipes and water systems. But most people need a plumber for their existing pipes when something breaks. Unfortunately, this usually occurs at an inconvenient time and often requires an emergency call to fix the problem. Costs for these repairs can be high so there are several things to consider before hiring a plumber.

How to Find A Professional Licensed Plumber

You can ask family and friends for referrals or find a licensed plumber online, Plumbers usually specialize in either repair or new construction. If you need a plumber for new construction, get quotes from those who specialize in this area. If you are looking for repair work, hire a plumber who specializes in repair. It is always wise to get several bids on your project, but in an emergency situation this may not be feasible. Ask what the costs will be up front, including any after hours or emergency service fees. If the plumber works on an hourly basis, find out up front how the time is calculated and keep track of the amount of time spent.  Don’t give in to pressure tactics.

Agree on the Scope of Work

Discuss the scope of work with the plumber so you are familiar with the type of work that needs to be done and how it may affect existing systems. Compare what each plumber tells you so you can be sure you have a consistent diagnosis of the issue. If you feel a plumber is increasing the scope of work unnecessarily, do not choose them for your work. Make sure you hire a plumber you feel comfortable with and who can get the job done efficiently.

Get a Plumbing Contract

Always get a contract for plumbing work whether it is new construction or repair. There are several pieces of information that should be included on a contract. Plumbers must be licensed so make sure you have their license number and verify it. Make sure they have proper insurance in case there is damage to your home caused by their work. Ensure they will take responsibility for any damage done while working or get details of any exceptions.

The contract should include a detailed accounting of the work to be performed and a bottom line price. If the plumber is bidding on the project, there should be one price for the entire job. If a plumber works by the hour, the hourly rate should be clearly identified along with any additional fees. There should also be an estimated time that the work will be completed. Always make sure there is a guarantee of at least a year for the work performed.

Hiring a plumber for new construction allows you to take a bit more time in the hiring process. Check references and interview plumbers. Ask for referrals from trusted sources.

If you need a plumber in an emergency situation, you will have to get information much more quickly. You may not have time to check around before choosing a plumber. After all, if your basement if filling up with water, you don’t want to be on the phone calling several plumbers for quotes. In an emergency situation like this, try to choose someone you have worked with before whose work you were pleased with or a well known company in the area.


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