The problem with plumbing in general is that things can go wrong when you least expect them to. Even plumbing systems which have just been installed or those that are a few months old can start giving you trouble for an array of reasons. However, matters can become worse when you hire a cheap plumbing service that has little experience. An inexperienced plumber will end up doing more harm than good even though it may appear that they have fixed the problem.
The only way around this is to perhaps start by hiring the best and most experienced plumbing service in your area.
Below we look at how to evaluate plumbers before you decide on which is the best and hire them.
Find the one with the most experienced
The plumbing service you hire should obviously be very experienced. However, there are many plumbing services that specialize in certain aspects of plumbing like they may specialize in hot water plumbing and opening blocked drains. These are usually the best plumbers for specific types of problems if they have been doing it for over five years. Make sure to check how long the business has been operating to get an idea of their experience.
Steer clear of the newest plumbing service even if the claim is that they are experienced and from another city because verifying this information is difficult.
Ask friends and family members
When searching for a plumbing service makes sure to get friends and family members involved. Ask friends and family members who they recommend. Usually, people will remember plumbers they have had a bad experience with so if you have a list of plumbers you are considering make sure to ask people around you if they used the services you’ve short listed.
This way at least you can get off to a good start by eliminating services which they have had a bad experience with. The other thing you need to do when speaking to friends and family members is to ask what type of job they hired the service for. So, if they had a really good experience with a particular plumber for a specific type of plumbing job, a problem you may be facing too then you may want to consider the plumber they hired.
Does the service offer guarantees?
A good plumbing service that has confidence in the work they do will have no problem backing their work with a solid guarantee. Many offer a money back guarantee while others may also offer a satisfaction guarantee.
However, make sure to inquire about the terms of the guarantee. For instance, if the company is offering a satisfaction guarantee then find out what they will do if you are not satisfied? What happens if what they fixed breaks down again a week later? Only consider a service that is willing to come back and fix the problem again and again until it does not bother you anymore.
Does the service have trained plumbers?
Always hire a plumbing service with trained and experienced plumbers on their payroll. You can ask the service to confirm if their plumbers have at least five years of experience. At times established plumbing services company with a dozen plumbers may not always have fully trained plumbers on their payroll but you need to verify this before you hire. Not doing this could mean that you’re plumbing ends up becoming an even bigger problem than what it already is.
One final step before you hire a plumber is to make sure that you are not being overcharged. Some plumbers like to give people a large quote and will later lower their prices slightly if the clients shows some interest. However, after the first round of quotes from all the plumbing services you have short listed the next step is to find the lowest quote. Then negotiate with the service to get a further discount.
In most cases a really good service will rarely settle for anything less than what is quoted, so at best you may get a further 10% discount after they have examined the problem in detail.
Mark is a plumber by profession and has worked in the industry for over fifteen years. His plumbing experience encompasses many different types of jobs which he has undertaken over the years. Currently, he blogs about plumbing and trains newbie plumbers so that they can offer better services to people around Sydney.