6 Smart Ways to Find the Right Plumber
Have you recently had to deal with annoying leaks or experienced a clogged kitchen sink, bathtub drain or toilet in your home? Is your dishwasher causing you stress? Or have you noticed any other nagging plumbing issues that could use the opinion of an expert?
A plumber can help. Unfortunately, choosing the right plumbing services can be a difficult prospect – where to look, what to look out for and who to call – so make sure you research your options so that you choose a plumbing repair professional who’s reliable, competent and trustworthy.
1. Go online
A variety of online directories list local plumbing companies and also provide reviews from customers – which could give you an indication of the level of service you can expect to receive. From many websites, like Homestars, you can read customer reviews, research the best plumbing professionals in your area and learn who has a strong service track record. You may also want to check service providers’ social media profiles on sites like Facebook, for customers’ comments.
2. Get personal recommendations
Ask friends, family members and neighbours for personal recommendations. Word-of-mouth referrals are a great way to gauge a plumbing professional’s skill, qualifications and dependability, and they could provide more insight than references provided by a plumber.
3. Ask a professional
Pros know other pros. If you’ve engaged the services of a trusted tradesperson in the past and were satisfied with their service, it’s likely they’ll know other top trades, including plumbers.
4.Insist on a warranty or guarantee
Most reliable plumbers offer a warranty or a guarantee on the work that they carry out. This assurance can give you added peace of mind and reduce stress in case something goes wrong or you’re not satisfied with the work.
5. Check for their license
Ask to see the plumber’s trade license – in some regions plumbers must be registered with a governing body, which could maintain a public list of licensed professionals and in some cases, disciplinary records as well. You may also want to check that the plumber has insurance – this could provide a remedy in the event something goes wrong.
6. Ask how long they’ve been in business
If they’ve been providing residential plumbing services for a good number of years and they work for a reputable, established company, your chances will be better that you’re dealing with someone who has satisfied customers, does professional work and will be available to address any issues.
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