Plumbing is one of those areas in home maintenance where a DIY approach can lead to disaster! That said, when finding a tradesperson to work on your home it’s important to know exactly what to look for, so you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your property is in the hands of a professional. Follow this simple guide to ensure you know exactly what to look for, whether you’re after emergency plumbing or simple maintenance from your local plumber.
Make sure you have the right professional for your job. A little bit of research is a great way to separate the masters from the apprentices and figure how who amongst your local plumbers is best suited for the work. Does the plumbing service have a website or Facebook page with reviews, quotes and customer testimonials? Leave no stone unturned. Ask how long they’ve been in business for, if they’ve completed similar jobs and even consider getting a second opinion on major work. Companies like Hall and Baum will have all their experience available on their website, you can click here and check it out for yourself.
License and Insurance
This one might seem a little obvious, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the most important things to look out for when choosing between local plumbers. Having work completed by a plumber that isn’t licensed can leave you liable for accidental damages caused to your and even your neighbour’s property. Be sure to check that the plumbing professional you choose has a valid license and liability insurance so you can be confident that all your bases are covered.
Understanding & Communication
Choose the best tradesmen and make sure the plumbing work is undertaken and completed on your terms. It’s important to communicate and have a clear understanding of the work and materials required for each particular plumbing job. An awareness of the costs and time constraints of the project can help you prepare for any delays that are out of your control. Be sure to get a flat, fixed quote to minimise hassle and make life easier for both parties.
Household plumbing can be dirty work, but that doesn’t mean plumbers have an excuse to skimp on their appearance. You’re spending your hard earned money, so make sure it gets put to good use. Choose a plumber who is punctual, polite and well presented. An immaculate professional is more likely to deliver a professional job.
Again, this one might seem like a given but plumbing can be dangerous work so it’s important that your local plumber isn’t cutting any corners when completing their project. It’s absolutely essential to make sure your plumber is taking all the necessary safety precautions required when completing the job to protect them, you and your property.
Has this advice been useful? Are there any other tips and tricks you use when looking for a plumber? Be sure to leave any additional advice or thoughts in the comments below.
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Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: