is such an integral system in our homes; it is important that it is properly cared for. While many homeowners enjoy DIY, most will leave plumbing repairs and installations to the professionals. From unclogging a drain and repairing a garbage disposal to replacing a sewer line or installing a new water heater, you will need to have confidence that you are using a top rate plumber. Of course, choosing a new plumber can be a challenge. You shouldn’t simply pick a name from the phone book, as you might not be able to tell whether the plumber you call is fantastic or mediocre. So, here are three qualities you should look for when choosing your new plumber.
An Established Reputation:
While there are likely to be some excellent plumbers who are new to the business, when you want the best for your home, it is a good idea to look for someone who has an established reputation. Education and training are important components of the plumbing industry, but they cannot compare to actual experience. You should look for plumbers that have years of industry experience in all aspects of plumbing. The plumber should have an enhanced reputation with membership to trade bodies and community organizations. These associations are usually proudly displayed on sales material and advertisements, but if you are unsure, be sure to ask.
Insured, Bonded and Licensed:
The requirements for plumbing professionals
vary from state to state, but it is still important that they are properly bonded and licensed. The easiest way to spot an amateur claiming to be a plumber is that they lack the proper licensing. Additionally, remember that your new plumber will be working in and around your home, so you need the assurance that they have the proper insurance. If you hire someone who lacks insurance to work on your plumbing system, you may find yourself liable if an accident or injury occurs on your property. Again, these credentials are usually proudly displayed on letterheads and other marketing materials.
Finally, you need to check if your new plumber offers any guarantees for the work they perform. Some disreputable plumbers wash their hands of a project as soon as the bill is paid, which can be extremely problematic if an issue develops later. If your plumber fits a new water heater or other equipment, you may need their assistance to benefit from the manufacturer’s warranty. A true professional is confident in their services and skills, so provides excellent service and a guarantee for their work. This means that you don’t need to worry if an issue develops after you’ve settled the bill.
Choosing a plumber can be a challenge, particularly if you have a plumbing emergency. So, before an urgent issue arises, it is well worth taking the time to investigate your options and choose a professional
who has all the qualities you need in your plumber. This can save you a great deal of time and frustration should the worst case scenario happen and you need to call for an emergency.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.