Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Benefits of Using a Reliable Plumbing Company

Benefits of Using a Reliable Plumbing Company
With growing appreciation of the need for good quality works, we are also being blessed with the rise of good and reliable plumbing companies.  Many a time, we cannot but admit that such trustworthy forward-looking companies have won us peace of mind.  Indeed they have helped us save much time and money, which otherwise would have cost us more had we been dealing with sub-par ones.  Needless to say, whether we are engaging a plumbing company or any other form of services, having minimum risks and ending up as happy and satisfied customers are what we desire and deserve.  Hard earned monies are meant to be well spent.

The benefits of engaging a reliable company as compared to a sub-standard one are simply too many:

1.    Trustworthy Completion
A reliable company usually means an experienced one.  It has seen failures and outgrown them to become stable and trustworthy.  While one may argue that new companies also had their chances to see the potential plumbing problems that can go astray in a household or office, they probably haven’t seen them enough to make justifiable suggestions and interventions.  One very good thing about working with good experienced company is that it had gone through the problem that you’re having many many times, and can instantly know how to appropriately deal with the issue.  Because they have dealt with such issues over and over again, you can rest assure that you will be spared from the miseries of having to call them back again for a rework or an omitted task, or any fault that is to happen due to their mishandlings.  They believe in “Getting It Right the First Time”, which greatly eliminates complications arising from an unacceptable work.  And that translates to a lesser cost.

2.    Warranties & Guarantees
If oversights and misfortunes indeed happened, reputable companies are often more than happy to return and re-fix any problem that is clearly in their fault.  In any case, warranties and guarantees are offered for all installations and work rendered by most good plumbing companies.

3.    Lesser Utility Bills
Thoughtful companies will thoroughly go through all repairs proper, cutting down leaks and diminishing plumbing problems.  Utility bills can be greatly inflated from unattended water leaks coming from a shower head or loosened tap.

4.    Safeguard from Insurance Costs
Good trusted plumbing companies are often equipped with workmen compensation and liability insurance.  This can save you greatly should some misfortunes occur at your place when the plumber is trying to fix your problem.

5.    Good Recommendation of Products

A large number of good plumbing companies have good product knowledge and preventive maintenance suggestions they are glad to share with you.  They help to keep your system functioning well without major disruptions, thereby staying free from costly repairs.

6.    Prevent Small Problems from Turning into Bigger Ones
Similar to a regular health check program, a regular visit from a reputable plumbing company can help savage unnoticed minor problems from aggravating into unmanageable ones.

Take heed that not all plumbers are good at their jobs, so are some who are just unreliable.  Although the charges from good and reliable plumbing company are usually slightly higher to cover their higher overheads, you stand a much higher chance of avoiding hardship later on.  Don’t gamble when you’re after plumbing service.  CHEAPER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER!

Friday, July 13, 2012

How to Select a Professional Plumbing Company?

How to Select a Professional Plumbing Company?
Today, the market has too many plumbers, plumbing contractors and plumbing companies that exist in different various forms and sizes.  So much so that you’re at a lost when it comes to whom to contact for your plumbing needs.  Some may be new to the market and yet able to deliver excellent jobs.  Some may have been long in the market but unable to provide sustainable good works.  And there are also those that have existed long enough to earn themselves fantastic reputations.

While it is true that finding the right professional company is challenging and may take quite a bit of work, you can be sure that once you’ve established that, it will be there for life.  Here are some simple tips on going about your search.

1. Choose Company over Individual
Why should you choose a plumbing company over an individual plumber for your needs?  The reasons are simple.  A company, with better resources, can respond immediately to your call in most emergency cases.  With a plumber who operates individually, this may not be so as he is often behind schedule and tends to put you on hold for some time.  This individual (if unlicensed), does not belong to any group and will not be held accountable for when complications arise from sloppy work or work that doesn’t conform to agreements.  Things would be different if a proper licensed company handles your job, as work provided is generally held to a higher standard and they are committed to resolve your problems efficiently.

2. Ask for Recommendations
Consult friends, family members or any trusted individuals around you for good recommendations.  Most home owners would have at some point of their life, met up with reliable plumbing companies.  Check with them on the performance of their plumbers, if they ever leave the house in a mess, if jobs were fairly priced and if jobs were completed competently…
Your acquainted contractor is another good source you can turn to.  Contractors are constantly in touch with plumber companies.  If your contractor can trust that company, so can you.

3. Browse the Internet & Forums
Things have become more convenient with the internet.  Simply search for plumbing services and a chunk load of information will be made available.  Read customer reviews and feed-backs, they tell you a lot about what to expect.

Yellow pages aren’t as informative though, and it is hard to know the competitiveness of the listed plumbers as no customer review is available.

4. License & Insurance
Check for valid license/certification from issuing authorities.  An unlicensed operator means a lack of insurance to cover both himself and his workers.  That can be a problem when damages or injuries arise during the course of the job.  You, the customer, becomes fully responsible for the resultant expenses.  Take heed that engaging an unlicensed operator can be a chaos decision in the making; preventing future hardships should be your choice.

5. Job Warranty
It pays also to watch out for little red flags.  They are good ways to gauge if your selected plumbing company is in par with your expectations.  Some of these would include not keeping to their words, leaving you waiting for days or weeks, making strange excuses, etc. 

In your course of your selection, don’t forget about comparing quotes, some companies charge simply for walking through your premise.  Be clear on what you’re paying for.

Everyone understands that hiring an unreliable plumber is a risk unworthy to take.  With the knowledge you now have on smelling out the reliable ones, do a little research and you shall be rewarded, for long years to come.

Monday, July 2, 2012

How to Select the Right Plumber

How to Select the Right Plumber
Be it in the industrial, commercial or domestic sector, plumbers and their expertise are essential to the sound operation of a community.   Some of you may be adventurous and keen to undertake your own repairs, but sometimes, situations can go out of hand and become aggravated.  The undesired result often comes one with more property damages and bigger repair bills.  Remember, problems in plumbing area tend to escalate; a light task may suddenly turn into a big confusion.  Dripping taps, jammed toilets, sluggish water flows may all be signs that the help of a competent plumber be called for.

With so many potential plumbing problems waiting to take off in our households, knowing where to contact a credible plumber is a consolation should a pipe burst unexpectedly.  Indeed, the best time to select a good plumber is before you actually need one as it can be difficult to do so in an actual emergency.  And it is also worthwhile to have another plumber added to your emergency list in case your top choice happens to be living his overseas holiday dream at the time of your misfortune, or is busy attending to another misfortune and has no time to see yours soon enough…

Getting hold of a reputable plumber, however, is not too difficult as news of inferior workmanship spreads easily and you can often sniff them all too easily.  When you’ve hit upon a good one, consider engaging them for future emergencies, repairs or even installation of new works.

Here are some of the ways to reach out for a credible plumber:

1. Ask homeowners whom you trust.  Most homeowners, have, at some point of time, been in touch with   a plumbing professional and happy enough to recommend him to you.
2. Call a contractor you know.  Contractor have frequent dealings with plumbers and have well-formed opinions about plumbers, their work qualities as well as their price competencies.
3. Talk to your realtor who helped you bought your home.  Realtors often introduce contractors and plumbers to their customers out of good will.  They also do it to delight their customers to stay as repeat customers. 
4. Browse the web or newspapers if you have no one above to help you.  You can easily find out if the plumber you’re eyeing is reliable, simply by reading their customer feedback or reviews (on the web).

Having scouted out your potential plumber, also keep a look-out for other red flags that may further add on to your misfortune. 

1. The plumber should best be licensed, as it signifies that he has undergone a certified training program that entails correct usage of equipments and materials.  They should have the required tools to give timely and efficient service.  Most importantly, they must be doing it.

2. The plumber observes strict safety guidelines to make sure jobs are finished without complications.

3. Make sure the plumber offers safety guarantees during projects.  It is important they your selected plumber can deal with accidental injuries or property damages that occur in a professional and timely manner.

4. You are not being waited too long before a job starts.  A good plumber should finish his job in good time.

5. Compare quotes from another plumber/s so that you are content with your choice.  Quotes need to be detailed so that you understand what you’re really paying for.  Clarify doubtful costs to avoid stunning expenses later.

6. Clarify all unknowns to avoid any disagreement that might occur later, not agreeing right away to all the products and services may save you from a bad situation.

7. Professional attitude of cleaning up work area after finishing job, which also include restoration of area to pristine condition and removal of rubbish.

As in all services, negative experiences and disputes are undesirable and tend to transform into unforgettable and unforgivable events.  Doing some homework and taking some slight precautions can help you ward off unpleasant happenings that will turn your new experiences into both a happy and trustworthy one.