How to Hire a Good Plumber

Plumbing requires extensive knowledge and experience. When you've reached the end of your abilities with a wrench, it’s time to call a qualified plumber.

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How do you determine the appropriate plumbing services you need? How do you know a plumber has the right skills, and will be courteous, honest, prompt and professional?

First, review their qualifications, certifications and history. Compare those plumbing skills to the needs of your property and any special fixtures you may have, including sinks, washers, tubs, toilets, pumps, storm drains and your sewer system.

Next, ask neighbors and real estate agents for a referral. Their opinions will speak volumes about a plumber's integrity.

Interview plumbers, BEFORE you need help, so you'll have a plumbing partner to help you manage any emergencies.

Ask the plumbers about their plumbing service history and company details: Are they Licensed & Insured (Work Comp and Liability)? Are they certified (BBB, Diamond Certified, special fixtures)? Do they offer Free Estimates? Do they charge per hour or per job? Is there a Service Guarantee? Will the worksite be left clean? What is their response time? How long have they been in the business? Do they have the skills to service any special plumbing equipment you have in your home?

When you have all the facts, you'll know which plumber will serve you best.