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.