When plumbing goes wrong it can cause a lot of headaches, it could mean waiting till the next morning if something happened in the dead of the night, perhaps the emergency services are working short-staffed and it might be a few hours still till an engineer can get to your house, either way, they are not great experiences.
Having your local or regular plumbing company number close by when an emergency does strike is essential if you want to tackle the problem quickly and efficiently, the quicker you begin the solution process the fewer chances there are of further damage occurring while you wait or rush around searching for the closest available plumbing service.
You want to make sure that when researching who to hire to install your heating and water system that you have done your homework and checks. There are a few quick tips on what to look for which we can take a look at to get the ball rolling and have you starting in the right direction.
Plumber traits to consider.
- We have all heard horror stories of companies coming in to essentially fix the problem, charge an extortionate fee, only for you to discover that they were not legally certified to carry out the initial services in the first place. Now you have to call another firm in to fix the mess and be charged again. No thank you, do your background checks.
- Make sure that the business has been operating for a minimum of 5-years, it will show they have a steady customer base, are reliable if they have return custom, and have seen and dealt with all possible issues regarding installations and repairs of heating and water equipment.
Many people have fallen prey to a cheap deal rather than considering the type of workmanship they might receive, or worse the quality of parts the engineers may install, see here why paying that bit extra is more beneficial in the long run.
- Searching the area and weighing up the average prices regarding the services you’re looking at asking for will give you a great indication if the company is over-charging, or even under-charging – sometimes if a price seems too good to be true it usually is.
- If you don’t want to ask the firm for previous jobs references then checking their company website for the comments and reviews left by customers who have used the firm. They will always give an honest comment whether good or bad to warn or praise others looking to use the brand.
- Read the contract fine print before signing anything, do they have a warranty and insurance policy or agreement in place? This will cover you in case something goes wrong after they have completed the job.
How much is too much.
There are more factors than we may realize when it comes to determining a fair price for a plumber, certain reasons validate the cost, others should raise a red flag, so be certain before saying yes to any job getting started.
Circling back to licensing, this is more common than should be allowed, but some contractors advertise themselves as unlicensed, this way they get to charge less which attracts customers and they cannot be held responsible for their work.
A call out as the older generation refers to it is when an employee comes to the property to view the issue, assess the damage, and give a quote. If a company asks you to describe the problem over the phone this could lead to more harm than good, not only might the engineer not bring the right parts or even have all of them in his van, but not having an itemized quote could leave you with a hefty bill at the end of the day.
It sounds daunting, but you can also check companies like American Ally Drains & Plumbing free estimate to not only save you a call-out fee but give you peace of mind that a reputable company will complete the job right the first time around.
You want to feel confident but also comfortable, these engineers will be in your home, voice any queries or concerns you may have, and don’t rush into hasty decisions, take your time to find the right fit for you and your home.