Choosing the right local plumber can save you a lot of headaches and money. But with so many plumbers in Northern California, how do you know which one you should call?
Don’t worry, we got you coveredwith these tips on how to choose a local plumber that’s right for you.
Find your local plumbers
You can start your search by Googling “plumber near me” or “plumber (name of your city)” and create a list of the top plumber services based on proximity. Once you have the list, it’s time to filter through it!
Only licensed plumbers are worth considering
California plumbers are required to be licensed, and you should consider licensed plumbers who know what they are doing. Calling your neighbor’s friend who once helped fix the sink might result in creating more damage and cost you more money down the road.
Therefore, it’s always better that you consider licensed, professional plumbers.
Check their reviews and credentials
Check online to see if local plumbing companies have current licenses and credentials. You can also look over their references and reviews online before you contact them.
Most plumbing companies proudly post their reviews on their website (here’s just a few of our most recent testionials). If they are professional and get the job done, they won’t have any viable reason to hide their reviews and their satisfied clients won’t shy away from recommending their service.
The uninsured plumber is a huge risk factor. Even if they are licensed, and know what they are doing, one accidental mistake can cause property damage to the surrounding areas and neighbors.
At the very least, your plumber should have liability insurance and it’s even better if they have worker’s compensation.
Check for professionalism and how they respond to emergencies
Professionalism is an essential part of any job, plumbers included. A professional plumber has his business running smoothly, with a well-organized and systemized scheduling system, and their dress code consistent and clean when on the job.
They should also be punctual, polite and ready to answer your questions in an honest, professional manner.
How does the company deal with emergencies? You need someone who sends out a plumber near you in order to respond within 24 hours.
Check the costs
Before you make your final decision you need to check for pricing. Professional plumbers can give you an accurate estimate over the phone. There are also different payment options, some may charge by the project, others by the hour. Make sure you know this before you hire them.
Be mindful of companies who seem too good to be true. Meaning, they have prices that are significantly lower than the rest and/or make you pay upfront before they even start the job. Typically, these kinds of plumbing companies do not offer authentic plumbing services and they can likely trick or bail on you.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
You need someone professional and reliable, and you can establish whether they are right for you only through asking questions.
Here’s a few questions you should ask before hiring a local plumber:
- Are they licensed and insured?
- Do they require background checks for their plumbing contractors?
- Do they have emergency plumbing services, and what’s their time response in case of emergencies?
- How much experience does the plumbing company have?
- What are the payment methods, and how much the project will cost?
Always take into consideration all of the answers before you make your decision to hire them. Feel free to call Super Service Plumbing at (707) 544-6444 today or email us here if you have any other questions or concerns about hiring a local plumbing company for your home.
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