How to Pick the Right Plumber for Your Job

January 20, 2022

When you have plumbing needs at your home or business, it’s crucial that you select a plumber that you can trust to perform high-quality, timely work at a reasonable price. But with so many plumbers offering their services in any given region, how do you determine whether a contractor is right for your job?

Here are a few tips to help you with choosing the right plumbing company for your needs:

  • Experience: How long has the plumber in question been in business and offering their services? The longer a company has been in operation, the more it indicates they’ve earned the trust of their community and can be counted on to offer high-quality services. After all, a plumber that offers low-quality work probably won’t last for long in what is typically a competitive landscape.
  • Estimates: Reach out to multiple plumbers to get estimates for your job before going with one. It’s typically a good idea to approach three to five plumbers to get quotes. This will help you determine the going rate for the type of work in question, as well as help you figure out who will offer the best price. However, you should also be wary of plumbers that offer their work at drastically lower rates than others—this is usually due to shoddy work or low-quality parts.
  • Check reviews online: A simple way to get a sense of the quality of service from the plumber is to look them up online and read reviews from other customers. You can check sites like Google Reviews, Angie’s List and Yelp for reviews from actual customers. Keep in mind that people who have had bad experiences are more likely to leave reviews, and a single bad review here or there shouldn’t be too concerning. However, ongoing patterns of negative reviews should absolutely be considered a red flag.
  • Get referrals: Ask your trusted friends or family members for referrals to plumbers. The people you know and love aren’t going to want to steer you wrong and will be happy to give you any recommendations they might be able to offer.
  • Check for licensure: Never work with an unlicensed plumber. People who market themselves as plumbers or “handymen” who can do plumbing work but do not have a license cannot be trusted to do a high-quality job or perform their services with integrity. Licensed plumbers may charge more, but their licensure shows they have the proper credentials and training for the work they perform, and that licensure typically also means they’re insured and offer warranties for their work and parts. You are much more financially protected by working with a licensed contractor.
  • Services: Make sure the plumbers you’re researching offer the specific services you need. This shouldn’t be a problem for very common or general plumbing work, but if you have a unique, niche plumbing job, you might need to do a little more digging to find a plumber who’s capable of taking it on.

For more information about how to pick the right plumber for you, contact the team at Rooter Express today.

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