Hiring a plumber can be a daunting experience. When you’ve got literally hundreds of plumbers in your city to choose from how can you be sure that the one you hire is going to do a great job?
Here are 5 questions to ask a plumber before you hire them so you know you can trust them to do a good job.
Are You Licensed?
Using licensed plumbers is essential. Any plumber that does not have a license may not do their work properly or to any specific standard.
If your plumber is not licensed, their work may not be in compliance with local plumbing codes. This could mean they don’t complete the job properly and you could be out of pocket and still not have fixed your plumbing problem.
They’re also unlikely to be able to offer you any guarantees for their work and it could even be unsafe.
Using a licensed plumber means that all work they carry out should be in accordance with the rules, regulations and standards set by their local licensing body.
Does Your Work Come With A Guarantee?
Depending on the type of work carried out, most plumbing work should come with a warranty period. This can range from a few months to several years.
Ask your plumber what warranty period their work will come with and if the key parts they are using have a warranty as well.
Do You Have Any References?
Getting references from a plumber is a great way to find out what their work ethic and quality is like.
If you’ve already been recommended a plumber by a family member or friend, this is often the best method of choosing a plumber. Any plumber asked for a reference should be happy to give you a few of their previous clients to speak to.
Check their reviews on Google, Facebook and other third-party sites too.
Are You Insured?
All plumbers need to have adequate insurance, just like any other kind of business. They should be able to confirm their insurance details if required so don’t be afraid to ask.
In a worst-case scenario option, you want to know that should there be any damage to your property during their work, that you’ll be covered by their insurance.
Is This A Quote Or An Estimate?
This is crucial, especially on bigger projects. If you’re the kind of person who likes to know exactly what they’ll be paying when it comes to their home improvements and maintenance, knowing whether you’ve got a quote or an estimate is important.
There will be some cases in which your plumber may not be able to give a fixed quote though. If they think there may be unforeseen problems that could arise when they start work, they may want to estimate a cost rather than quote. However, they should be upfront about this and make you aware from the start that you could incur more costs if the job does not proceed as they would hope.
If you’ve asked your plumber these questions and are satisfied with their answers – great! Go ahead and book them in!
Dean Williams is the owner of Perth-Fection Plumbing. As a Perth plumber, he knows all the answers to these questions and more, so if you’re looking for a plumber in Perth you can trust, call Dean today!