February 25, 2012

What To Look For When Hiring A Plumber

Hiring a plumber for any job, big or small, can make even the most confident consumer shrivel with fear.

The fact of the matter is that hiring a plumber is not always as easy as it sounds. You may think that everything is okay just to learn that you either spent too much money, or hired the wrong person for the job.

The following tips may not be well known, but they can help you hire the right plumber for the job:

1. Group together all of your repairs so the plumber only has to visit your home one time. You can save a lot of money by doing this, while also ensuring that all of the repairs are made without delay.

2. Request a written estimate before the work starts. Many consumers never do this because they take the plumber’s word for it.  There is nothing wrong with trusting your plumber, but to protect both parties this is something you definitely want to do. Every reputable plumber will offer to give a written estimate before getting their hands wet.

3. Select a plumber that is insured and licensed. When you choose a plumber on a whim, such as by an ad in a local paper, you never know what you are going to get.  During your initial conversation, ask the plumber if they are insured and licensed. This can go a long way in easing your stress.

4. Ask how their rate is calculated. Are you being charged a flat rate for the entire project? Or will you be paying an hourly rate? This is an important question, but one that many forget to ask. 

5.  Don't be afraid to ask for references or inquire if they're part of a consumer organization that provides them.  This can be helpful in your selection especially if they are A+ rated.

These four tips may not be discussed all the time, but they can help you immensely when hiring a plumber. If you implement these tips, while also using your common sense, you will hire the right plumber and have all your problems fixed in no time at all.


  1. What an awesome article. I am from your area and will definitely give you a call when I need your services. Thank you for sharing your expert advice.

  2. Also ask if a contract is offered, since this will clearly define the terms and conditions both parties are willing to work with. This would undoubtedly protect you from any misbehavior on the other party’s end and should ensure good service.

  3. Compare notes. It would be good to ask a number of plumbers to see which one offers a reasonable estimate on the repairs. Always go for the one that will balance their service and rate with your budget.

    Carmella Vancil

  4. Carmella is definitely on to something there. It will be very convenient for you to have a spreadsheet of your prospective plumbers. Rates, work-hours, specialties, and other factors should be well tabulated, so that you can better compare and contrast all the plumbers in your data pool.

    - Jaye Conaway

  5. If you are seeking for a trustworthy plumber, you may want to inquire from the BBB or Better Business Bureau. Ask if your plumber has a license and is legit to operate. Another basis you can rely on is if the plumber or plumbing company has a website where you can see all the necessary information you need about them.

    Lane Fortner

  6. I think the things you covered through the post are quiet impressive, good job and great efforts. I found it very interesting and enjoyed reading all of it...keep it up, lovely job..

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