As a homeowner, you’ll inevitably have to call in a contractor to deal with electricity or plumbing problems at some stage. It’s one of the ‘pleasures’ of owning property! Choosing the right contractor can feel a little overwhelming, but it is always important that you take swift action to remedy problems, or even ask a contractor to mitigate an issue before it arises. The same goes for gas pipes. Those pipes can rust over many years, and it’s better to update them rather than wait for a leak and all the distress it causes. A plumber can deal with both of those problems. So here is a quick guide to help you select a plumber.
- When seeking a quote, be clear on what you need. You can’t obtain comparable estimates if each plumber is asked to price a slightly different job. Always get a minimum of three quotes.
- There’s no set price for plumbing work. A plumber will charge what they think is reasonable for the work requested, so don’t expect identical pricing.
- Should you accept the lowest price? That will depend. The cheapest isn’t necessarily the best. Arguably, you’re best served by hiring the individual who listened to your issues, asked questions, and communicated their solutions clearly.
- Ask for each plumber’s license number. Texas has license obligations for plumbers and varying abilities according to license type.
- Be very careful of unlicensed plumbers. If you take the risk, there’s a much greater likelihood you’ll have problems, and your insurance company will show zero leniency. Run an online check of each plumber’s license number to validate it.
- A license isn’t the end of the paperwork. Plumbers must hold appropriate insurance cover, too. Ask for details of their public liability insurance – this will cover any breakages, accidents, or injuries incurred on your property.
- Did you know that not all plumbers are equal? Here’s the deal: Some can work on gas supply, and others will be qualified in handling drainage and roof plumbing issues. These tasks are all separate skills above and beyond traditional home plumbing.
- Many plumbers work hard and will take on routine jobs on weekends. If they offer to come to your non-urgent job on a Sunday, check they’re not going to charge additional fees.