If a water problem suddenly pops up in your house, then you have to call a plumber to restore order to your home. This can be a problem, especially during times when money is tight. It can be really frustrating and stressful when something breaks unexpectedly. What are some pearls of wisdom you need to know about hiring a plumber? Here we take a look at the seven useful tips to call in an expert repairman.
First of all, always get recommendations and referrals from others. Talk to your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers, and neighbors for references. You should have no difficulty in finding some recommended plumbing repair companies and others you should stay away from.
Secondly, when you call someone to repair your plumbing system, provide as many details as possible about the circumstances you find yourself in. Tell them where the leak is in your home and describe the type of pipes it’s coming from if you know.
Third, find out if the plumber charges for the time it takes to travel to your home. Some experts charge their clients once they arrive and enter their homes; while others charge from the moment they get into their cars or trucks to drive to the residence. You need to know if the trip will be billed or not, as this will account for your decision of whom to hire.
The fourth tip is to know beforehand if the plumber will have the necessary parts on hand when he arrives. Are you going to have all the supplies you need or are you going to have to take one (or more) trips to the local hardware store? If he has to go shopping after he shows up, is he going to be charging for those extra trips to the store?
The fifth thing to consider is whether there will be a minimum charge for services rendered. There are some contractors who charge a minimal fee to their customers (eg, 30 minutes or 60 minutes), while others do not.
The sixth tip is to find out what credentials the plumber has. Ask the person how long they have been employed in this line of work and ask about their training. You should also ask if they have any accreditations.
Knowing these things should play a part in the decision. The seventh word of advice is to find out if the contractor has insurance and if he does find out how much insurance he carries.