How to Find a Plumber You Can Trust
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How to Find a Plumber You Can Trust

Finding a local plumber you can trust is not a difficult task. In most states plumbers must have a State license in order to operate. You can start by pulling up the secretary of state website for your state and put plumber in the search bar. This should give you a list of plumber’s state wide that is licensed. You can then narrow your search down by zip code.

Call three and compare prices for a basic service or problem you are experiencing. Find out if they charge for estimates and if they charge by the hour or by the job. Ask for references, at least three and make sure you call them. If they own a company make sure they have the proper insurance to work in your home. Keep in mind while companies may have several plumbers who work for them the plumber they send out to service your problem may not be licensed. This is legal. The person who has the license in the company usually insures any work completed.

Hiring an unlicensed professional

While a lot of people choose to not have a licensed plumber to save money you are putting yourself and your property at risk. Many times we say we will find someone who knows how to do the work. There is nothing to say you can’t do this but if something goes wrong you may have a greater problem then if you just paid the licensed professional to start with. This is true with all trades. Though the licensed professional may cost more, you are getting a better quality of service. The licensed professional is insured and is backed by the state you live in. If anything happens you can always call and report that person. If you hire someone without a license you are taking a risk.

Plumbing charges

Always make sure you get an estimate and ask questions. There should be a price for parts and then labor. This will help you understand what you are paying for. Ask how long the service is warranted for and make sure it is written on your receipt. Most will not warrantee any manufacturer’s parts, only their service. Ask to keep any parts removed especially if you are in a house under 5 years old. Major repairs under 5 years are usually at the cost of the builder and their supplier.

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