Finding a good emergency plumber can be tough. Those who are good are in high demand, and they are not available all the time because they have much work. Unfortunately, you can also meet some who try to cheat, and who fail to install devices correctly that in time lead to malfunctions. You will find out in this article how to watch out for the people who are not serious and do not do a good job, and how to meet the right one. Here are the steps:
1. Verify if he is authorized
If he is working for a company, check if he has an ISCIR authorization. Especially if you have to do work on the heating plant. Also check if he has been schooled, has a diploma or a specialized course. You can find the names of the authorized companies on the ISCIR website.
2. Find out his name and phone number
Search Google to find recommendations or opinions about him. In some cases, you can also find pictures of his work. Read the Facebook or Twitter page to see how he interacts with clients and people in general.
3. Ask him for how long he has been working in this area
You can tell by his age whether he will disappear after finishing the work or not. Theoretically, firms or people with an excellent reputation should be efficient, and those without a solid reputation should disappear from the market. Unfortunately, no rule always applies.
4. Ask for the second price offer from another plumber
Moreover, make sure you compare apples to apples. A plumber can ask for very little artistry, but his work will not last long. Ask him for the higher price, why his price is at that level to figure out what the difference is.
5. Ask about the warranty
How much is the warranty, three months, six months, one year, two years? Does he give the money back if something happens? Does he release a written guarantee and an invoice? Plumbers who rely on good services will have no trouble answering these questions. See more here.
6. The price on the phone may not be correct
A plumber who gives you the cost of the job on the phone is not necessarily a good one. Some prefer to bid only after seeing the situation on site and can very well estimate what materials and artistry are needed. Moreover, from the perspective of the plumber and the client, there is nothing worse than saying that the work costs an amount and gets to work to find that it will cost more due to some factors.
7. Get a firm and accurate offer
The key is to get a fixed and precise price to know what the plumber will do and what you will have to pay. The only way this will be very accurate is whether the installer is on the spot when evaluating materials and workmanship.
8. Ask your neighbors and friends if they recommend someone.
The best way to find a good fit is through a recommendation. Ask a friend, relative or colleague you trust to give a good plumber recommendation.
9. Ask for advice from another craftsman.
If you had a pleasant experience with a craftsman from another field like an electrician or a builder, ask him for a recommendation. If they work in the area, they are likely to have contacts. Moreover, if you call the installer through a proposal, make sure he finds out who recommended him. He can give you a discount for that.
- Ask the plumber who comes to the job, how long he works for the company or industry. It can be an important indicator. Ask how many years of experience he has.
- If it is a more significant work, ask for at least three offers. If there are substantial differences between them, ask about each price. You will see who cares enough to give you the details, who is enthusiastic and understands you, and you will understand better.
- The cheapest installer may have misjudged the cost and will charge you later. Alternatively, maybe he has a reasonable price. Check it out.
- The most expensive plumber can use another technology, another quality. Or maybe he does not want your work because he is too busy now, or the work is too small, and he does not earn much of it (though in today’s conditions it’s a little unusual).