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Ten Important Questions To Ask.

If you want to find a good plumber then hire a professional local plumber. You want to hire the best in the business, someone who not only knows what he's doing, but treats every customer with respect and is worthy of a glowing review.
While it's easy to recognize the work of a professional once you see the end result, how do you judge the
merits of a local plumber when he first starts on a job? Here are 10 signs of the plumbing professional
As with any local plumber you engage, there are some very practical things you need to know or establish before any plumbing work begins. 

1) Are you a licensed plumber?

This is the biggest and most important question. Never, ever forget to ask to see the local plumbers licence, and don't ever just take the local plumber's word for it. Ask to see their licence. Some people try to operate without a plumbing license, this question is always worth asking. Having a license means the local plumber will be registered with the governing body. When you ask your local plumber if he's licensed, he should be happy to show you his credentials and provide a list of references who can attest to the quality of his work and service. Make sure that all documentation you see is current and valid, and when calling references, don't just ask about the end product but also the plumber's attitude, demeanour and timeliness.

2) How long have you been a licensed plumber for?
Experience is always one thing that's needed in deciding lots of things, and it even includes employing a Licensed residential plumber for all your household maintenance or maybe even a bathroom plumber for a renovation project. Inexperience can and will be costly, specifically if the concern is not addressed or even worse still, larger problems are caused consequently. The more time a Licensed plumber has been in the plumbing profession, the better the likely hood he posses the necessary qualifications and vast experience to fix your local plumbing emergency and fixes issues correctly first time round.

3) Are you currently Insured?
Besides licensing,  Local Plumbers insurance plays a very important part of every Licensed Plumbers credentials. If The plumber is Not insured, you are defenceless against future disputes that may arise if anything goes wrong during the plumbing job. Plumbers Insurance offers the reliability and stability needed when and if mistakes and accidents happen. Whilst it rarely happens, theft, as well as accidents and mistakes can take place, causing some awkward problems specially when insurance coverage is not present. A licensed plumber with proper Insurance and workers compensation insurance is most likely qualified to take on your plumbing work.
Ensure that you are safe at all times by hiring an insured licensed plumber.

4) How much does a plumber cost?

Just about all professional local plumbers offer a free estimate to a customer. Most will come to your home or jobsite to check out the job specifications before they will start work. Once the prospective local plumber has had a chance to look over the job and provides you with a estimate for cost, always ask if what he has quoted includes all materials, labour and most importantly a contingency plan for any unforeseen issues. Some estimates can look appealing on paper but sometimes may only include some of the basic costs of materials and may skyrocket as a job goes on. Even before work begins, you can tell if a plumber is a professional by the kind of estimate he provides. It should be clear and detailed, including not only the cost for materials but also for labour. He should also be upfront about cost overruns and how he bills for any extra time or materials needed for your job.
Ask if its going to be billed out at a reasonable plumber hourly rate or flat rate? - Many local plumbers may build clauses into their contracts that may say the homeowner will bear the reasonable costs to complete the plumbing job. When getting plumbing quote, make sure you ask if the total you are being quoted for is a flat rate or one that will not change due to the labour costs  or if your local plumber is using the hourly rate plus the cost of plumbing materials. The usual problem with the 2nd option is that whilst materials can be at a fixed price and if the plumbing job runs to long, the cost may keep sky rocketing up whilst you pay for the labour. Always make sure you know what you're getting into always before you sign any contract.

5) When do you want payment?

Always ask when the local plumber wants or expects to be paid for his work, and how much if any of the total cost he wants upfront. If your potential  local plumber asks for one hundred percent of the costings way before the any job starts, walk away. Some local plumbers will use a system of mile stones Once a certain aspect of the work is finished, you may be asked or required to finance a certain percentage. Some will use time. After a specified number of weeks, you will pay a certain portion of the total cost. Mile stones are often and can be better since payment is only made upon the final completion of certain aspects or job tasks. Time payments may work, however if the local plumber works to slowly, you will be paying too much for the plumbing job.

6) Who is doing the work?

Some professional local plumbing companies or sole traders often may employ more than just one plumber, and for very large jobs or projects they have been known to use a team of local labourers. Always make sure to ask if the local plumber who is giving you the quotation is the one doing the work. If he says no or seems unsure ask who will be doing the job on his behalf and what level of expertise and  plumbing qualifications he has. If you feel at all uncomfortable about the answer or if the local plumber can't provide licence details, you may want to keep looking.

7) Do you always clean up your mess?

This seems like it should have a very obvious answer however some local plumbing companies do not clean up when they're finished. This may leave a home owner with old plumbing parts, left over boxes from new equipment or materials and one hell of a dirty mess. Always make sure to ask the local plumber if the clean up is inclusive as part of a quotation, and if it's not, always ask why. Some local plumbing companies may have an additional charge for a cleanup in addition to the completion of a job. The the cost may sometimes be worth it  So always remember to ask.

8) Will you correct any problems?

Even the best Local plumbers make the odd mistake, and they shouldn't have a problem fixing one if it occurs.
Most Licensed plumbing contractors include some type of plumbing warranty with their completed work, meaning that in the event a problem reoccurs, the licensed plumber or plumbing contractor will repair it free of charge.

9) What exactly is your typical response time and do you offer a 24 hour plumbing emergency service?

Response time may be absolutely crucial in any emergency plumbing scenario. You sure don't need to be stuck with flooding or a major leak or disgusting sewerage overflow for days while waiting for your plumber to visit you. There's 2 distinct varieties of licensed plumbers. You have the ones that offer 24-hour service work and those that don't make emergency house calls. Why wait for the cheapest plumber to show up and have a $4,000 bill for water damage when you can always have a quick five dollar washer fixed from the 24 Hour Emergency Plumber?

10) Do you have a web site?
In this modern era, a website can be a great indicator of the reputation of any Licensed plumber or plumbing firm you're conversing with. With a website, every piece of the essential info you would need in selecting a plumber should most likely be there, from their physical address to the applicable terms and conditions. Some plumbing sites might even offer promotions or deals that may come in handy when selecting a plumber.

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