Life is full of surprises. You can never predict when you will need a plumber’s assistance, but it’s inevitable that sometime you would. It’s one of those things you simply cannot avoid. Homes are subject to wear and tear, and that includes pipes, drains, sinks and other areas that plumbers specialize in repairing. And you wouldn’t want just anybody performing repair or maintenance work on your drainage system, right? Here are a few pointers that may help you in finding the best plumber for any given situation.
First, grab your phone book or make a quick search on the Internet. By using the Yellow Pages or the Internet, you can come up with a list of prospective plumbers to contact. List down their numbers and call each one of them individually. Ask about their services and see whether their specialization matches the issues you are currently experiencing. But that’s not all you have to ask, and we shall get to that next.
When going through your list of plumbers, you’ll also want to ask them for a quote. Do they charge fixed rates or are they variable? Do they charge per hour or per day? What are the extra charges? Beware of plumbers who may give low hourly or daily rates but charge exorbitantly for use of certain equipment or additional services. Ask for the bottom line – how much is the entire job going to cost?
If there aren’t enough plumbers in your area worthy of consideration, it is also helpful to try searching for those in neighboring towns, cities or neighborhoods. Sometimes the best man for the job is in the last place you’d consider looking at.
Once you’ve gotten some quotes and a list of services offered, next thing to ask is for customer references. You have to make sure this is done in some way or another, because this will be the ultimate gauge of their reliability. Plumbers who hesitate to give this information must be hiding something, such as negative feedback, to be specific. Or you can ask people close to you, such as friends or family members, for their own recommendations before you even start gathering a list of prospects from the phone book or Internet. This can possibly save you a lot of time and also a lot of consternation if the person you hired isn’t exactly as good as advertised. Imagine the horror of hiring a plumber who seemed so courteous and transparent on the phone, only for him to show up late and treat you like a second-class citizen!
These basic tips can help you find the peace of mind you need, knowing that you’ve got the right person unclogging your drain, fixing your leaks and ensuring the health and safety of your family.