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Questions You Should Ask A Plumber Before Hiring One

Finding an honest and reliable plumber may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult chore. There are a great many reputable plumbing contractors available in your area. Unfortunately, there are probably also a great many fly-by-night operators that are incompetent, scammers or too inexperienced. The trick to finding the right plumber for your job is to ask the right questions before you hire him. Asking the right questions, in the beginning, will save you a lot of hassle, headaches, and money by avoiding plumbers who cannot or will not complete the job in a proper and satisfactory manner.

References: Ask the plumber to provide you with a few local references who will verify the plumber’s reputation for honesty, competence, and reliability. Make sure that you get references from people who have had the plumber perform work of the same size and scope as the job that you need to be done. Any reputable plumber will be able to provide a list of local references to satisfy your needs. When you talk to a past customer, ask them how often they have used the plumber’s services. Good plumbers are in high demand. You will find that a good plumber has a list of customers who have used him repeatably over the years.

License, Bond and Insurance: Other questions that you should ask a plumber relate to the status of his license and bond. A good plumber will have a valid current license and will have posted a bond with your state contractor licensing agency to guarantee his work. Also, you should ask the plumber about the amount of insurance that he carries. A reputable plumber will have no problem providing the necessary proof of his license, bond, and insurance status. Furthermore, you can do a quick online search of your state’s contractor licensing board to verify that the plumber meets the current license bond and insurance requirements.

Price: Of course, one of the most important questions to ask the plumber is the cost of the plumbing job. A good plumber will have no problems in providing an estimated cost of the job. Make sure that you understand the worst-case-scenario price so that you have a clear understanding of the maximum amount that you will have to pay.

Finding the right plumber for your job is easy if you take the time to ask the right questions ahead of time. Are you looking for a home plumber in the Birmingham area? Call Latta Plumbing at 205-631-6445 and get started today!