Whether your faucet is leaking or you want to install a whole new bathroom, choosing the right plumber is hard. An internet search turns up a long list of local plumbing companies, but how can you tell which one offers the best service and fits your budget? The good news is, most plumbers are happy to supply the information you need to help you make the right choice.
License & Insurance
All states require professional plumbers to obtain a state license, and they should carry insurance. Workman's insurance and general liability insurance are standard in the plumbing industry. Check that a plumber is licensed and ask what insurance he has.
Check for a logo on the plumber's website, or ask if he's a member of trade organizations like The National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors or the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Trade organizations set professional guidelines and requirements for their members.
Quotations and Estimates
The fee a plumber charges sometimes isn't clear from the quotation or estimate he gives. For an idea of the range of possible fees for the work you have in mind, ask three or more plumbers for a quotation. Some questions you can ask include:
- What's included in the fee?
- Does the plumber charge for time and materials separately or offer a flat rate?
- Do additional fees apply, such as equipment fees or trip costs?
- Is the rate different for weekends, holidays, emergencies or overtime if the job takes longer than first estimated?
- Is a deposit required when the plumber is ordering fixtures?
Before you buy new fixtures yourself, check that your plumber is prepared to install them for you. Many plumbers only install products they've purchased themselves. That way, they know the fixture meets local building codes and is approved by relevant organizations, such as The National Sanitation Foundation.
Your plumber might suggest a fixture that's more expensive than you anticipated. Remember, when it comes to plumbing fixtures, cheaper doesn't necessarily mean better value for money. An expensive product might last longer than a cheap fixture.
You need to know whether you're covered if something goes wrong. Ask the plumber if he provides warranties and what they include. He may offer separate warranties on materials and labor, and labor warranties may last longer than those on materials.
A sign of a good plumber is a list of satisfied customers. You might see testimonials on the plumber's website, or you could ask him if he can put you in contact with a previous customer who's happy to talk to you.
No matter how small the job, it's worth taking the time to ensure you're choosing the right plumber. When you find someone you can trust to do a great job for the right price, all your future plumbing problems are solved too.
For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.