Leaking pipes, dripping faucets and choked systems are a part and parcel of a household. No matter how many precautions you take, one of these problems is going to arise every now and then. So instead of putting on your super home maker cloak and getting to business yourself, in which case chances are you’ll aggravate the problem further, you should always contact a plumber and get it fixed. And ignorance won’t work either. A simple slow leak can transcend into a costly complication. So you may wonder what to look for in an ideal plumber. Here are some steps you should ensure before you book a plumber:

1) Make sure that they have a plumbing license

Make sure the person or the company you contact are licensed so that it is a safe regime and you know the person coming in is no crook. Plus, this provides an insurance of sorts in case any damage is administered while carrying out the repairs to yours and your neighbour’s property.

2) Get two or more references and read up online

You can go through some of the works they’ve done online and check reviews for references on work review websites. You can check their Facebook page or Twitter account in case one exists to see how they interact with their customers.

3) Check how long they’ve been in the business for

At the very least, this tells you that they won’t disappear on you. Theoretically, reputable companies should last, while disreputable ones fade. But sadly, that’s not always the case. So checking the number of years they’ve been into it is an assurance.

4) Get another quote for the job, but make sure you are comparing apples with apples.

Some companies strip their jobs back to the absolute minimum so they can come in at the lowest price, but the work won’t last the longest possible time. Ask the company that is more expensive why their price is at that level, so you can determine if there is a difference.

5) Ask about their guarantee

Find out if there is a cash back? Is it limited in anyway? Is it included with the quote? Plumbers with great belief in their work and capabilities put their money where their mouth is. You don’t want the faucet to start leaking after a couple of hours and then the plumber charges you again for the same procedure.

6) Person quoting prices over the phone isn’t necessarily a master plumber

A plumber who assures you of the expenses over the phone shouldn’t always be appealing. One who takes the pain to coming to your place to analyse the issue and then divulge the necessary cost should be considered. You don’t want to feel cheated because he quoted one price, but then upon arriving raised it to 10 times.

So the next time keep a very rational and analytical approach while getting plumbing solutions so you have a secure affair and the cost is minimized.

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