• Mark Simon

How To Choose the Right Plumber



Unexpected plumbing problems can arise at anytime and tend to pop up when you least expect them. Many problems are easy enough for the DIY'er but more advanced issues can lead to a major plumbing crisis if not addressed immediately. Though many home owners try to tackle plumbing jobs themselves, sometimes it makes sense to call in the professionals who can get the job done quickly when a plumbing emergency strikes.


Hiring a professional plumber can save you a lot of headaches and trouble if you know how to locate a real expert, one who gets the job done right the first time. This will save you from a cycle of having to call one again and again. Leaky, smelly drains and sewage systems are obviously not what you want to deal with over and over again.


5 Questions to Ask Your Plumber


To make sure you are hiring the best plumber for your job, asking a few questions can help you decide if are making a good choice or need to keep looking. Here are some things to ask your plumber before hiring him for the job.


Who will be performing the work? Many companies employ what you could call sales people who provide the quote, then give the work order to an actual plumber to complete. Make sure that you know who will be showing up to your house to ensure the safety of you and your family.


Does he have a license? A licensed professional will have went through the proper training and have the experience to complete the job correctly. They will also be insured which could be an issue later if something goes wrong and needs further repair.


What is the total cost? When getting a quote for plumbing services, you want to make sure that you know the complete and total cost of the job. Nothing is worse then needing to pay for unexpected expenses, so be sure you understand the cost of the repairs and what is included. Will your plumber clean up any mess left from repairs? You should also ask if the rates are hourly or flat-rates.


What are the payment terms? Obviously, you want to know what payment methods are accepted, but paying in cash could get you a slightly discounted rate since processing fees on credit cards are common. Also, be sure to ask about payment time frames. A big expensive job is hard for many of us to pay unexpectedly and your plumber may be able to work with you and provide payment options to help. It doesn't hurt to ask.


Is a guarantee or warranty included? Finally, ask what guarantee or warranty is included before signing the contract with a plumber or plumbing service. This is an absolute must. Long term customer support is going to be important if issues arise later. Be sure to ask what the length of the warranty is so you fully understand what your future responsibilities and potential costs are. Be sure to get everything in writing.

Now that you know what questions to ask a plumber, let's take a look at some common plumbing problems. A few issues that mean it's time to call in a professional plumber include things like tree roots in your drain. This is a pretty serious issue that isn't a job to try yourself. Some other common plumbing issues that need professional attention include:


Pipe Ruptures: One of the most common plumbing problems that usually pops up during winter due to extreme temperatures. Frozen water in the pipelines expands and causes the pipes to expand and burst. Most pipes are prone to this, including those located in outside walls, crawl spaces, and attics. It is the best to call a professional immediately to prevent major flooding.


Hot Water Problems: when your hot shower suddenly goes cold, or the water doesn't even get hot, the water heater is most likely to blame. When the water heater fails, the average homeowner might have a hard time figuring out why. The problem is going to persist until you get a plumber out to replace the unit.


Leaking Faucets: There are seals throughout the plumbing system which stop the flow off water when we turn off the faucet. When these seals go bad, get broken, torn, or stiff the water doesn't stop and will continue to leak out slowly. This means a lot of wasted water and higher water bills so call a plumber to get things fixed.


Drainage Problems: Although drainage problem can be handled to some extent by using an anti-clog drain products from your local store, many are corrosive and repeated use can actually lead to pipe damage. You should get drainage problems handled by an expert if they persist.


Professional plumbers can help with a lot of other issues as well such as running toilets, installation of appliances, or pipe blockages. Most can even assist when you are looking to renovate the overall look of your kitchen or bathroom. Just be sure to ask the right questions so you get the job done right the first time at a fair price.


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