Questions to Ask Plumbers Before the Hiring Process Begins

When needed, we all want to hire a plumber that will exceed our expectations when comes to cost and efficiency.  Unfortunately, that is not always the way that things pan out in the long run.  It is common knowledge that even lesser expensive plumbers will charge a fee just for arriving at your doorstep, but there are other things that you should keep at the forefront of your mind prior to hiring a plumber.  

When you have a problem with your plumbing, it feels like time is of the essence.  A broken sink or leaking toilet can cause a whirlwind of trouble if not handled in a good amount of time.  Aside from the high costs of water bills, the amount of damage that gets done is largely at the mercy of a plumber or plumbing contractor.  When thing go wrong with your plumbing situation, it feels like everything is snowballing to make the situation even worse.  When you are looking to hire a plumber, there are a few things you should ask before agreeing to let them have a look at the issue at hand.


Are their costs considered reasonable?  If your problem is growing dramatically, cost may not be a matter of importance, so think about this one briefly.  If you spend too much time comparing the different plumbers in your area, then this could lead to even worse problems down the line – like water damage.  Is the cost effective for what you need done?  Do you have time to sit around and figure out which plumber will be the cheapest for your needs?  


In the United States, each state has rules for the licenses that it provides to plumbers and plumbing contractors.  A plumber with a license means that he or she has knowledge of all of the plumbing rules and regulations as set forth by the plumbing Board in your state.  They have paid their dues, worked under a Master Plumber and may have passed a battery of tests to receive their license.  


The chances are high that if the plumber is licensed to do plumbing work in your state that they have had a good amount of experience under a Master Plumber.  It is best to deal with a reputable company that has an adequate amount of experience so that the job gets done right the first time around.  


Typically, if the plumber is working under a general contractor, it is the contractor’s job to ensure that the plumber is licensed and insured.  However, if working with a plumber directly, you should ask to see proof of insurance before any work begins.  If the plumber does not carry insurance and is hurt on the job, it might be up to you to foot the bill for any injuries suffered.


Is the plumber or plumbing contractor able to offer any sort of guarantee on the work that he or she performed?  If there is a guarantee in writing, there is a less likely chance that you will have to pay more in maintenance costs in the long run.

Selecting a good contractor isn’t always an easy decision, but you should find a qualified professional that carries the proper credentials and can guarantee their work will live up to your expectations.