When appointing a plumbing contractor, you have to select the right one and supervise the quality of work.
Here’s what you need to consider:
What to Look for in a Good Plumber?
A professional plumber requires to have several skills. When questioning the plumbers, check out for the following details:
License. All professional plumbers must hold a permit, and in 44 states it is mandatory to have a license if you want to work in plumbing. A good plumber is also carrying a clean record with no criticisms to his name. You can do some research to check if there are complains against the plumber or his company. You can access the state’s government online page to check whether you can look into licensing details and check if there are complaints. You may also search for phone numbers so you can call them with your inquiries.
For finding out regarding complaints another excellent resource to search is the Better Business Bureau.
Even if you are holding your homeowner coverage, you “should still confirm that your plumber carries his workman’s compensation with a minimum of $500,000 of liability protection to safeguard all and protect everyone interest in case the plumber suffers an injury during the plumbing work at your house.” as told by Nick from Grand Canyon Home Services LLC.
Find out details about the plumber and his business. Look out for specific information like the no of years the plumber is in the industry, the services areas of the plumber and the track record of the plumber. It takes a good number of years for a plumber to develop the skills and experience to deal with plumbing operations at the residential and commercial level. To assess the skills, you may check the following details:
You should ask the plumber to share with you the referrals and recommendations of people he worked for earlier. You can reach out to these clients and ask them personally about the plumber and how satisfied they were by his work.
Only come in contract with a plumber who gives you a firm assurance for his services or the parts he provides for the replacement for a minimum period of one year.
This skill is crucial as you will want to have a plumber who is social so you can have open communication with him. Check for small details such as the plumber arrival at work, his uniform, how he organizes his tools and the work area. These indicators will help you to discover how professional and social the plumber is and whether he is the right man for the job or not.
How to Search for a Reliable Plumber
You can look at different resources starting from personal referrals, to checking online sites and services and browsing through the Yellow Pages. You can also look at the newspaper as plumbers often display their services on print media.
Perhaps the best way to make sure you have the right plumber is to look for reference and referrals from people who have availed the services of the plumber before you. You can reach out to contractors, real estate agent, and general customers to ask them about the plumber and what was their experience with the plumbing service.
Online Referral Options. Online recommendation carries much weight today. Expert opinions on popular sites like Home Advisor and Networx help you get some information on the plumbers and the quality of their services. These sites are legit and use the in-house or crowd-sourced analyses to rank the professional’s skills, expertise, and overall rating. You can just put in your details on these sites, and the plumbing contractors will reach out to you on your given phone number. Home Advisor is one of the top ranking websites to check for plumbers.
Going for plumbers by seeing Print ads or Yellow Pages promotions is not always a good way to find the reliable services you need. For starter most plumbing companies who use the print media pass on the cost of advertisement to their bids and in one way or another to the customer. Secondly, a good plumbing setup does not rely on large capital print advertisements as their reputation carries them to potential customers.
Types of Plumbers
The kinds of plumbers you will find for all residential and commercial projects are the plumbing contractors who specialize in plumbing installations for a new house, a rebuild or remodeling structure, and those plumbers who work on existing plumbing repairs and maintenance.
Look out for apprentice, journeyman, and master plumber attributes to determine the competency of a plumber.
Here is how to interpret these different trade credentials:
An apprentice plumber is practicing with a union or nonunion constructor system. Preparation includes both classroom lesson and paid fieldwork. Apprentice is mostly tag along with a specialist or master plumber during the plumbing services.
Journeyman plumbers hold complete apprenticeship and carry the state journeyman permit. The journeyman has the skills to manage all types of plumbing work; however, they mostly don’t own a business.
A master plumber holds the full qualification and credential of an expert plumber, including an associate degree from a vocational academy. He also holds clearance of written and practical plumbing exams, with a mandatory requirement to continue training in many states. These plumbers can run their own business and can work for all types of plumbing projects.