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Choosing a Plumber The best time to pick a plumber is before you deal with a plumbing emergency. Unluckily, most people who have an emergency have almost no time to know more about a plumber. A leaking toilet or a basement ceiling that is wet from a broken pipe above it, requires immediate help. First talk to someone you trust – maybe a friend or acquaintance who owns a home. Most people, at one time or another, have used a plumber and can recommend someone with a good reputation. If you know a contractor or builder, give them a call as well. These people deal with plumbers on a regular basis and often have well-formed opinions about various local plumbers, the quality of work they do, and how competitive they are in terms of pricing.
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Also talk to the real estate agent you worked with when you bought your home. Agents are usually willing to help.
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Don’t just leave your name and phone number on the plumber’s answering machine, unless you make the call after hours. If a child picks up the phone, be suspicious. While reputable plumbers can work out of their homes, usually in rural areas or small communities, most of them are professional enough to use a software receptionist or at least take calls themselves. When speaking to the plumber, ask for their license number. There’s no reason to be shy – just say it’s a requirement to make a homeowner’s insurance claim. Also remember to ask if they are insured, and ask for proof. Even with the best plumber in town, accidental damage to your plumbing structures or the system itself is not totally avoidable. They may even cause accidental injury to themselves while performing their task, so you need them to have worker’s compensation as well. In case you or anyone in your household is accidentally injured, that will fall under their liability insurance. Of course, you need to be very clear about price and costs before the job rolls out. Most good plumbers will give you a formal bid, or at least a quote that includes a maximum price, except when the plumbing problem happens inside a closed wall or ceiling. In such a case, the plumber might choose not to quote a firm bid until he has actually checked the structures. This is where you can ask for a “worst-case scenario” quote. Finally, check if the plumber offers a service warranty. If they can’t guarantee their own work for a reasonable period, they are a waste of your money and time. Except when your pipes and other fixtures were very old to start with, a responsible plumber will always come back to repair whatever there is to be repaired after his initial visit.