Hiring a plumber is always a wise choice if you need plumbing repairs done. DIY repairs on your plumbing system can result in serious problems and even flood your home. Hiring inexperienced plumbers can also ruin your plumbing system. In a worst-case scenario, when you come to sell your home, the home inspection may uncover dampness or mold in your basement that you never knew existed.
Before hiring any plumber, here are the top 4 questions you must ask.
1. Is your plumber licensed?
All reputable plumbers will have the appropriate licenses, certificates, and insurance certificates required by local authorities. Licensed plumbers usually work to a code of ethics and this can give you peace of mind that the work will be of high quality.
In the case of a complaint, it is usually possible to escalate the complaint to the licensing authority if you can’t get it resolved.
2. What is their experience?
Rookie plumbers make rookie mistakes and you don’t want a plumber gaining experience at your expense. Make sure that your plumber has enough experience for the work in question. There is a big difference between repairing leaking pipes or installing a new central heating system.
You should also search for online reviews to find out how others rate their work.
3. What will the cost be?
You should get detailed information upfront about the projected cost of the plumbing work. In most cases, the plumber will provide a cost estimate that includes parts and labor. It’s also important to discuss what happens if the work takes longer than expected. For example, will the price increase if your plumber works on an hourly rate?
4. Is there a warranty with the plumbing work?
You should also find out if the plumber gives a guarantee for their work. Some plumbers offer varying terms on their warranty and only in certain conditions. You need to find out about the warranty that comes with any appliances that your plumber installs.