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Questions to Ask Before Hiring Professional Plumbers

There are hands-on things you need to verify before the work begins, as with any contractor you hire. Here are some of the key questions to ask a professional plumber:

  • License

“Do you have a license?” or “Are you licensed?”, those are big questions. You should not forget to ask either one of those questions. Also, do not just take the word of the plumber for it. There are a lot of plumbers operating without any license. However, there are also a lot of homeowners think that every plumber has one. That is why this question is worth asking. A licensed plumber means he is registered with a governing body at a local level or state level.

  • Estimate

There are several plumbers that offer a free quote to customers. However, you should be careful if the plumber gives you one over the phone. A great plumber will always come to check the job first before giving you the price. After the plumber came to your house and gives you the total cost, ask him if the price includes labor, materials, and a contingency for any problems.

  • Rate

Ask the plumber if he charges an hourly rate or a flat rate. A lot of plumbers build sections into contracts that say you will bear any costs to complete the work. Make sure to ask if the total cost when getting an estimate is a flat rate or if he is using an hourly rate plus material cost. Hourly rate means that the material costs are fixed, but the cost will keep increasing while you pay for the labor if the job runs long.

  • Worker

Oftentimes, professional plumbing companies hire more than 1 plumber. On the other hand, large projects will have a team of workers. That is why ask always if the plumber giving you the estimate will do the work. If he isn’t the one who will be doing the work, ask who will be working and what qualifications and level of experience he has. You may want to keep looking if the plumber can’t give any information or if you are not comfortable with the answer.

  • Mess

Keep in mind that some plumbing companies do not clean up the mess whenever they are finished. This is usually a burden for homeowners, leaving them a huge, dirty mess. Ask always if the company will cleanup and if it is included in the estimate. If they answer no, ask them why. In addition to completing the work, several companies charge extra for the cleanup. Do not worry, the cost will always be worth it. Just don’t forget to ask first.

  • Damage to Property

Another big question to ask is if they include a warranty with their work. Make sure that any kind of warranty or guarantee is in writing. Also, make sure that the worker is insured and bonded.

Plumbing companies offer different services such as water heater Anaheim repair, drain cleaning, shower and tub installation, and much more. So, if you want to avail their services, be sure to ask the questions mention above.