You may not require the services of a plumber every day, but when you do, ensure that you hire the right plumber for the job. How do you select a plumber?
i. Referrals and references
Talk to your neighbours and friends who've worked with plumbers before. You will get a few recommendations, and you can inspect the work the plumbers did to see if it matches the work that you need to be completed. With an idea of the kind of service the plumber offers, you can contact them to see if they're available.
If you can't get referrals, you can approach local plumbers and ask for references.
Talk to the plumber or invite the plumber to your home to inspect the damage and quote a price for total repair costs. Check the prices quoted for products online or at local stores before you hire the plumber. Ensure that you have the cost breakdown and that it doesn't exceed your budget.
Hire a plumber who prefers to visit the site before making any estimates. The last thing you need is an underpriced or overpriced estimate that ultimately messes up your budget. Request for the plumber to visit the site, and ask for written estimates. Documentation is important in any agreement as disputes can arise halfway through the project.
When talking about the cost, be sure to ask if the same plumber inspecting the site will handle the plumbing works. If you'll get a different plumber, ensure that you get their details, such as their training, experience, etc.
Plumbers who are confident in their work tend to give their customers guarantees and warranties that their work will last for more than a year. The warranties also cover the parts used during plumbing work.
iv. Bonded and insured
There is always a chance that a task might not turn out as expected or that the plumber might get injured while working for you. Since the plumber is working for you, you might feel obliged to pay for any related costs to these injuries. However, you can avoid this by asking if they are bonded or insured.
Ensure that you see the proof of a surety bond and liability insurance. This will cover both you and the plumber in case of any unforeseen damages and costs.
Ensure that you agree on everything before you hire the plumber. You need a plumber who is easy to work with and understands your needs.
To learn more, contact a plumber.