Many people find themselves in the position of needing to hire a professional plumber to come make a repair in their home or place of business. Poor choices can be made because in the heat of the moment, with water leaking everywhere you are not really in the mindset to research a number of plumbers looking for the best fit for you. There are a few do’s and don’t that everyone should bear in mind when looking to hire a professional plumber.
Things to do when looking for a plumber to hire:
1. Ask for references.
Often overlooked by people but this is a really important step in ensuring you make the right choice. When speaking to a potential plumber ask them to supply you with some references, the more the better. If possible ask for references from people who have had a similar type of work carried out, so you know they are proficient in the type of work that you need doing.
2. Ask what guarantees they give their work.
Any professional plumber worth their salt, with a confidence in their own work will guarantee their work for a number of years. Depending on the value of and type Seattle Plumber of work carried out a guarantee could range from a year to ten years plus and absolutely goes without saying that you must get a copy of the guarantee in writing otherwise it is worthless.
3. Ask friends and relatives
I would be extremely surprised if not a single one of your friends or relatives had not had to use a plumber. If they had been pleased with the level of service that they received and the quality of work then they should be more than happy to give you a recommendation. Of course, this works both ways and will give you a clear indication of which plumbers to avoid. You should always back up a recommendation with some of your own research too.
What not to do when looking to hire a professional plumber
1. Don’t get, and pay for, work before you get a copy of the scope of work in writing
Once you have decided on the plumber you are going to hire you need to get a copy, in writing, of the contract of work. This should clearly outline what work the plumber will carry out for the price you have agreed, this eliminates any ambiguity and removes the chance of any “extra” work being required further down the line.
2. Don’t get pressured into getting work done you don’t feel is necessary
Unfortunately some unscrupulous plumbers will try to pressure you into making certain decisions that you may not be fully comfortable with.If your plumber makes a recommendation on a repair remember that it is exactly that, a recommendation! You are fully entitled to consider his recommendation without being pressured into authorising the work to be done
3. Don’t hire an unlicensed plumber
This one should be really obvious, but you should not look to hire a plumber who is not licensed to carry out the work that you need him/her to do. Remember this is your property and, at times especially where gas is involved, your safety at stake.