If you have a problem with the plumbing at home that you cannot fix yourself, then it might be time to call a plumber. Generally, most problems can be dealt with easily, such as leaky faucets, leaky pipes under the sink, blockages in the drains or the toilet and air in heating pipes that cause vibrations. Beyond these problems though, you may have to deal with cracked pipes in the winter, a blocked main sewer line or even flooding.
The Right Time to Call a Plumber
Many people end up not calling a plumber because they think that they can fix it themselves or that they “should be able to” fix it themselves! This is simply not true. You should call a plumber as soon as you are uncomfortable with what you are doing. Your plumbing is extremely important as it is part of the hygiene and basic necessities of your home. These should always be working to their full potential and you should never let a plumbing problem get out of hand. Call a plumber immediately if you do not know what the cause or the fix of a problem is!
What to Look for in a Plumber
The basic things to look for when hiring a plumber are experience, references and professionalism. These three are the bare minimum and you should not settle for any less. A plumber should have years of experience and they should be able to show it. A good way to see whether a plumber has the experience they claim to have is to ask them for contact details of previous clients and whether or not they can provide a reference. Additionally, you might want to look for a plumber through your own contacts in the first place as often your friends and colleagues can recommend a good plumber. Experience can also be shown by the amount of training a plumber has had. Ask any company you are dealing with to present their certificates of their education and to see if they have all of the permits necessary to be plumbers in your area.
Another important part of finding a plumber is to look for a professional company who respects your home by not causing damage to tiles unless necessary and with your permission, not tracking mud into your clean bathroom and most importantly, showing up on time or calling if they are unable to come when promised. Only work with plumbers who can tell you what the problem is and what the fix will be up front.
Other Things to Look for in a Plumber
When you are trying to find a plumber to deal with problems that you have at home, look for a company that gets the job done and can guarantee it as well. You should always ask in advance if there are guarantees or warranties given for parts and labor.
Plumbing does not have to be very expensive either, so find out what the standard rates are in your area and get a good and fair quote for the work that needs to be done.
Val M. is a freelance writer for Las Vegas Plumber King’s Rooter.