6 Questions to Evaluate Your Plumber’s Qualifications

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When it comes to hiring anyone to come and work in your home, you need to make sure that you have the right man for the job. After all, you will be allowing this person into your home.

You will also want them to be competent as a leaky pipe or improperly fitted seal can cause a lot of damage to your home. So, how do you find the best plumber in your area with the skills you need. Read on to find out.


1. Do they have the skills?

You should not feel shy about asking the plumber about their experience and qualifications. They will probably be more than happy to demonstrate their certifications and accreditations so that you will be confident enough to not only hire them for the job you need but also to recommend them to family and friends. If they are vague about their skills and experience then this is a red flag that you should not ignore.

2. Are they an individual or do they work for a company?

There is a big difference between a friend of a friend who can fix a leak and a career plumber who has many years of experience and thousands of satisfied homeowners as proof of their ability. If they work for a company you will be able to verify that they are who they say they are when they come to your door and that they come with a pre-established reputation.

3. What times are they available?

As you look to hire a plumber, it is important that you find someone who is available at a time that suits you. If you are only able to be at home in the evenings that they will have to work around your schedule. Also, if you have a plumbing emergency you will need to make sure that they or a member of their team is available 24 hours a day so that they can help address your urgent plumbing issue.

4. Do they have a good reputation?

Plumbers rely on word of mouth to get business. For this reason, they will go out of their way to ensure that every customer is completely satisfied with the work that they do. You will be able to search the company or plumber by name online to find out what people have to say about them. This is the best way to learn exactly what people are saying about them so that you can make an informed choice on whether to hire them or not.

5. Are they close by?

In an emergency, you need to be able to know that the company that you are hiring is local. This is something that you should consider as this will affect their response time in an emergency. Both local tradespeople and large, national companies can have their benefits. The major things that you will need to take into account when considering who to hire are reputation, convenience, and of course the cost of their services.

6. Do they have a good website?

This is a very important part of the vetting process. If your plumber has a helpful website, this can make choosing an engineer much easier. For example, if they have a blog of useful tips and information, this is often a sign of a company that is happy and willing to help its customers. If their website is old fashioned and unhelpful then you know that this is not a company that takes their customer’s experience with them seriously.

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