Searching for the Right Plumber
When the time comes to seek out a professional for your plumbing-related troubles, you want to make sure you find the right plumber for the job. What should you be looking for when you conduct your search? Allow Lion's Plumbing and Heating to answer this question for you.
Read below for tips on how to separate the good plumbing contractors from the best. With any luck, these tips will lead you to the right plumber for the job.
Questions? Comments? Contact us at your leisure to learn more about what a great plumber can do for you. You can reach the region’s finest plumbing company by calling (240) 793-0198.
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Finding the Right Plumber for the Job
As a homeowner, you have a lot of things to worry about in the run of a week. There are professional obligations to juggle, a family to tend to, and no shortage of errands and chores. When you’re in need of a plumber for reasons related to the construction of a new plumbing system, maintenance, inspection, or repairs, the search can be overwhelming. With so many plumbers operating in any given area, it can be hard to know who to call.
Who should you call? Better yet, who should you trust? These are the sort of questions that will run through any dutiful homeowner’s mind when seeking out the right plumber for the job. We are here to simplify the search.
Is Your Plumber Licensed?
Not every plumber your friends and neighbors recommend will have the qualifications you need. Some people who advertise themselves as plumbers might only be handypersons or ambitious amateurs. As competent as they might be, you should never entrust the complicated work of plumbing to individuals who are not qualified and certified.
You can always ask if a plumber is certified. They’re more than likely to give you an honest answer. Alternatively, you can also check the plumber’s website. Their website should list some or all of the following:
- Licensure status
- And more
Their website might even provide photos of past projects. Information like this is sure to give you peace of mind during the decision-making process.
How Long Has Your Plumber Been in Business?
Experience counts for a lot in any industry. When you come across a plumbing company that has offered their services for years—or decades—you might feel a little more comfortable contacting them. Why is that? The more on-the-job experience a plumber has, the more confident they’ll be in assessing your plumbing problems.
Newly established plumbing companies might be just as competent as longstanding plumbers in the community, so don’t let this be the sole deciding factor.
Do They Offer Written Estimates?
Every client loves getting a written estimate from their plumber—so long as the estimate is honest and accurate. One way to know whether your plumbing offers accurate estimates is to determine when they offer them. Do they offer them upon the first point of contact? As courteous as that might seem, you might not be getting an estimate that speaks to your unique plumbing problems.
The best plumbers will only offer an estimate after conducting an inspection of the issue at hand. Only after familiarizing themselves with the problem can they give you an informed service estimate. Don’t be fooled by the promise of an up-front estimate!
Read Your Plumber’s Reviews
Even if your plumber of choice does not have the flashiest website, there are sure to be a few reviews of their business online.
Take a look at these reviews. Are there a lot of reviews? Are there only several reviews? Are these reviews overwhelmingly positive, or do they paint the plumbers in a negative light? You can learn a lot from customer reviews. Be sure to take a glance when conducting your search.
Do They Respond to Reviews?
No plumbing company can please everyone. Some plumbing projects don’t go as smoothly as a plumber hopes, and this might leave a client feeling like they received poor service. Negative reviews might appear from time to time. If the company you hope to work with has garnered the odd criticism online, take a second to see how they address these criticisms. Do they respond to reviews in a defensive manner, or are they polite? How a plumber responds to the inevitable negative reviews will tell you a lot about them.
Do Their Services Come with Warranties?
Many plumbers will offer warranties with their services, but not all of them. You might have to ask them directly prior to enlisting their services if you want to know.
Not all warranty policies are the same, and few warranties cover all repair work and replacement parts. Your plumber might only offer a 30-day warranty on their work, or they might be unwilling to repair an obsolete appliance that is bound to break down again and again.
Check for Referrals
Have other people in your community turned to your plumber of choice before? This might tell you a lot about the plumber that you want to work with. When a friend or neighbor has relied on the expertise of a plumber, you can feel a little more comfortable relying on the plumber in question.
Do They Offer Emergency Services?
All plumbers operate within traditional working hours—but does your plumber offer service outside of the regular times of day? Knowing which plumber to call when an emergency strikes can save you a lot of time, money, and stress. Be sure to ask if your preferred plumber offers emergency services. They could be the ones you call any time you are in need.
Book the Best Plumbers Today
More often than not, individuals who follow our guidelines during their search find their way to us. When you want up-front estimates and a great return on your investment, there is really no better choice. Call our team at (240) 793-0198 if you would like to learn more about what makes us the team for the job.