A Simple Homeowner Checklist for Hiring a Qualified, Professional Plumber!
A Simple Homeowner Checklist for Hiring a Qualified, Professional Plumber!
If you're experiencing an issue with plumbing in your home, it is essential to quickly locate a licensed professional plumber who can fix the issue. There are many ways to locate a plumber:
  1. Contact your family or acquaintances for a recommendation.
  2. Ask a real estate agent for a good plumber she has used.
  3. If you've used a different contractor at your home, you can ask the contractor to provide a recommendation.
  4. Check with the local plumbing supply shop for the name of a trustworthy plumbing service.
  5. Check online for reviews of plumbers within your vicinity. If you look for plumbers in your area through one of the top search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, you will find Google's "Local Listing" of plumbers who are located near to you, as well as links to their website, and customer reviews of their work.
When you locate the plumber you want in your area, what do you look for before you hire them? Here's a list of things you should ask for a plumbing professional... before you hire them. Are you legally authorized by the state to do plumbing? Always check that you are dealing with an authorized plumber. ask to see his license from the state! Professionally licensed plumbers have background, knowledge and are knowledgeable about current local and state plumbing codes. Alongside passing an exam to receive an Plumber in Newbury official license, licensed plumbers must undergo annual continuing education in order to stay abreast of any changes to the codes along with new products and new developments in plumbing. In Georgia, there are numerous skills that you require to be successful as a plumber. This is why there are several steps an apprentice plumber has to go through to become an Journeyman (or Master Plumber. These procedures and the guidelines for the process of obtaining the title master plumber are set in the law of each state. You need to have at least 3-5 years of primary plumbing experience as well as references and take an exam to earn a Journeyman or Master Plumbing license. To obtain a Master Plumbers license part of your work experience must be in commercial or industrial plumbing. In addition, they should have additional certifications to test and validate backflow devices, or work on Septic systems. How many years were you business? The best rule of thumb is look for plumbers who have been in business for 8-10 years. This provides you with a sense as to how viable and stable the business is, and whether they'll be around to warrant the work they do for your home. Are Service Technicians background verified? Would you feel at ease having Service Technicians from their company in your home? A plumber must conduct a thorough background check and random drug testing to all of their employees. Furthermore, the Service Technicians that are professional employed in your home must be uniformed and have personal identification tags. The Service Technicians you hire should be employed by the company rather than sub-contractors. Which are your expertise and previous experience regarding plumbing? Plumbing requires specific technical skills and knowledge. Plumbing firms use specific equipment which aren't available to homeowners or the local plumbing handyman. The benefit of working with a reputable, experienced plumbing service can be... they have the required training, expertise in plumbing, plumbing tools, as well as know-how to address all types of plumbing emergencies that may arise in your home. Is your plumbing business insured? carry insurance? A plumbing business that provides services at your residence should be covered by General Liability Insurance and a current Workman's Compensation Certificate of Insurance. If you ask, the plumber is expected to provide you with a copy his insurance. General liability insurance covers damage that could be caused to your home due to the plumber. If the plumber doesn't have his own general liability insurance, any damage would be covered by your homeowner's insurance. Typically , the plumber must carry a minimum of $500,000.00 under general liability insurance, but it is not uncommon to find plumbers that specialize in commercial plumbing to carry $3,000,000.00 in coverage. Workman's compensation insurance is a way to cover injury to the plumber while working in your home. So as a customer you don't need to worry about being liable for a plumber that has an accident in your home. Do you provide Emergency Service after hours? A plumbing company that advertises that they offer "24/7" plumbing service should have a customer service person waiting to answer your calls after hours. Furthermore, the plumber should be on call or have after-hours plumbers to attend to any plumbing issue. Do plumbers employ Quality Materials? Does the plumber install quality recognized, brand-name fixtures and components that provide warranties by the manufacturer to the buyer? What brands does he stock and have on their service vehicles? makers of plumbing components equipment, fixtures and appliances typically offer a one-year repair warranty with their product. Does my job require an approval from the city or county where I live? Typically, you must be a Master Plumber who is licensed to secure a plumbing permit. The municipality or county inspects the plumbing periodically during the installation process to verify that the job is carried out in compliance with the state and local plumbing standards. Unlicensed plumbers aren't able to get the required permits while the work is in progress, and they probably are not sufficiently trained to meet current plumbing code requirements. What is your plumbing cost? Service Plumbers charge for their work in either in one of two ways: time and material Pricing as well as Fixed Rate Pricing. Let me clarify the distinction and why this is important. With this method, you pay for the Time & Materials method; the plumber charges a small "Service Fee" to mobilize to the job, and an hourly fee while on the job and the material employed to fix the plumbing. There is usually an hourly minimum fee for labor and then you will be charged per quarter hour. This way, you only pay for the actual amount of time and materials used on the job... nothing less and no more. A plumber that uses Flat-Rate Pricing may bill a "Diagnostic Fee" to determine your plumbing problem and then will provide you with an affordable quote to address the issue. It is clear upfront how much the price will be for your repair. If you are not willing to go ahead on the repairs, you're only liable for an Diagnostic Fee. With Flat Rate pricing , it is difficult to find out what the plumber will be charging you per hour. I can assure that the flat rate cost you receive is based on the worst-case scenario of the plumbing firm... What is the length of time it will take the plumber to take to correct the issue. If, however, the customer has left work and waits for the plumber to show up, and is already committed to paying the diagnostic cost, he is hit with a whopper cost to repair an issue with a minor plumbing problem. While the Flat Rate pricing approach is attractive, in the majority cases an experienced licensed plumber can resolve the plumbing problem with a Time & Material basis for less amount of money. Furthermore, with Flat Rate pricing technicians are typically paid a commission on the price of the ticket. In most cases, technicians are trained by experts to make a sale and close a costly sale. This can lead to misuse as the technician at your home can become an agent of sales instead of a plumber. Do you warrant or warrant the quality of your work? A professional plumbing business is concerned with the safety and workmanship of their services. They should offer the homeowner warranties on the workmanship and provide a safety guarantee on their work. Could you provide me with referrals from clients who you've worked for? A reputable plumbing firm will not hesitate to provide references from their clients, plumbers, business bankers, or supply houses. Ask them whether they're members of any national or state association for plumbing, or the local chambers of commerce or have been awarded any awards or honors in the community. Scott Roberts is a Master Plumber and the owner Roberts Plumbing, Inc. Roberts Plumbing, Inc. located

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