When you’re looking to hire a plumber, make sure to do your homework ahead of time. In addition to reading websites and online reviews. When you’ve narrowed down the list, call them up and ask these questions:
- Are your plumbers licensed?
When a plumber is licensed, it means they are registered with a governing body at the state or local level. Unfortunately, many plumbers operate without a license, so don’t forget to ask.
- What’s the total cost?
The plumber should provide you with a quote. The quote should also state the plumber’s payment terms. Some plumbers ask for a percentage of payment upon reaching certain project milestones. Others ask for payment after a certain number of weeks. It is important you ask for clarification up front so you know what to expect.
- Do you clean up afterward?
Not all plumbing companies clean up after a job, leaving homeowners on the hook for disposing of old fixtures, boxes for new plumbing materials, and cleaning up the mess. Ask if cleanup is included in the quote. Some companies may charge an extra fee for cleanup, but it may be worth the added expense.
- Is there a warranty if something breaks?
It’s a good idea to find out what kind of guarantee the plumber offers if something breaks or doesn’t work as expected. Some plumbers will come back and fix problems within a year of completion. Other plumbers specify the types of issues they will come back to fix, such as certain fixtures or if there is a leak. Do make sure that the warranty or guarantee is in writing.
Asking these questions will help you hire someone who knows plumbing, does good work, and will leave you with a completed project as expected. Quality plumbers will anticipate that you will ask these questions and should have their responses and documentation ready to share.
Call us to have an experienced, licensed plumbing technician at High 5 Plumbing provide an in-home estimate for meeting your plumbing needs.