Factors To Consider When Choosing A Plumber

Plumbing is an industry that’s growing. In fact, the United States Department of Labor expects jobs in the industry to grow by as much as 26 percent from 2010 through 2020. Many plumbers enroll in and finish apprenticeship programs to learn the skills of the trade.

After they get trained, plumbers generally take licensing examinations through their state’s licensing department before they start repairing household and commercial pipes and other equipment. However, just because someone has a plumbing license doesn’t mean that they will do a commendable job for you.

State Licensing Is Not A 100% Guarantee of Workmanship

State licensing departments work to ensure plumbers working in their jurisdictions have the knowledge and skills to provide you quality service. However, state regulations may not prevent some plumbers from doing less than satisfactory work.

One way you can increase the likelihood that you’ll get your money’s worth of service when you contact a plumbing company is to check in with your family and friends.

Ask them to give you contact information of reliable plumbers they’ve used to repair leaks and other plumbing work in the past. You specifically want to ask for plumbers that they would give high ratings to in areas of customer service, knowledge, skill and pricing.

Shop Around for Local Plumbers

As a tip, to get the best prices on plumbing services, consider reaching out to several plumbers. In fact, if you find a low price offered by a lesser known plumbing company, you may be able to negotiate services with a more skilled plumber just by letting them know that you received a lower quote from their competitor. Plumbing is a very competitive field so do not underestimate the power of this simple negotiation tactic.

To save yourself time, you can contact plumbing companies via telephone or email. Because State licensing departments often record licensing information for responsible master plumbers, these are the ones you want to aim to get in contact with first.

Plumbers who have active State licenses generally are at least meeting the State’s minimum requirements. For example, they may be taking ongoing courses and completing hands-on training to advance their knowledge.

Choose An Experienced Plumber for Your Particular Project

Lastly, find out if plumbing companies you want to work with have experience working on the types of projects you want them to perform for you. For example, if you are building an addition to your home or business, you may want to verify that a plumber has experience reading blueprints and building codes.

You also may want to ensure that plumbers know how to install pipe systems, test pressure systems, repair steam systems and pipes on household equipment like washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators if these are the services you need. It’s best to make sure upfront to avoid problems and misunderstandings, not to mention a waste of money and time if you and your plumber are not on the same page.

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28 Responses to Factors To Consider When Choosing A Plumber

  1. Rene Dom says:

    I agree with all of this, finding a good plumber is essential, even more when you just moved by your self. I couldn’t even imagine how I would do any of this. Thank for the advice!

  2. Anna says:

    I will keep these advices in mind. It is a great idea to ask for recommendations first from someone you trust to assure that the service of the plumber you will get is reliable and of good quality. Also the negotiation tip will be really helpful for me.

  3. Rob Hall says:

    I completely agree with your point on state licensing. I once hired a state-certified plumber, thinking he’d fix the leak in my pipes. He ended up making it worse! People shouldn’t feel obligated to stick with the first plumber that comes knocking. As customers, we all have rights to get the best service we pay for. Get your money’s worth!

  4. Allen W says:

    I would definetly put these advices on practice, specially looking for plumbers near my area for better rates and check in with your family and friends to make sure my money will worth of those services, thanks!

  5. Rosario G says:

    Thanks Contractor Guy, this was really helpful! Having no maintenance experience, this article will come handy.

  6. Mary Love says:

    This is a very insightful article. Most homeowners where I live take for granted the need to look for reliable plumbers. They often go for the cheaper and faster route without taking into consideration that such hasty decision could lead to a more serious (and expensive) problem.

    I agree with you on checking with your family or friends when looking for a plumber. But when you’re the first one in the group to look for one, then perhaps home maintenance related forums could do the trick.

    I look forward to reading your other articles.

  7. Natasha Taylor says:

    This is a great article, especially for those first timers who know nothing about plumbing. The content can be easily understood, and I think anyone who takes an interest in this sort of activity will benefit from it. I for one do not understand the mechanics of plumbing and sometimes I also do not know how to pick the right plumber. Just by reading this article, I can now take full advantage and start applying it. I like everything about this post, and I think it is a very useful piece of information.

  8. Keira Castrodes says:

    Thanks for the information. I been looking for a good plumber and thanks to this i know what are the qualities that i will look for. Very helpful for people who has no idea with plumbing.

  9. Lucas Magn says:

    For the longest time, I’ve always thought that being state-certified was enough of a criteria for my plumbing needs. Guess I’ve just been lucky so far. It never hurts to know more, even when it comes to the simplest things I suppose. I’ll take these points to heart.

  10. Denver Gallardo says:

    It’s good that you pointed out that we should be looking for plumbers with active state licenses. Before we actually let anyone work the plumbing job in our home, we need to make sure they are reliable and has the necessary skills to do a fine job.

  11. Famie Lynn says:

    Indeed plumbers are everywhere and in fact, this is the most underrated profession. Aside from that, plumbing issues are the most diy as well as most homeowners assume that they are just simple which is quite risky if you will think of the aftermath. But though it is highly recommended to hire professional plumbers most of the time, still one should know that not all with license can deliver the expected results. This is why, it is still best to check with friends and relatives for recommendations.

  12. kaanek94 says:

    Plumbing is one of the most important things when you own a house; it can be a nightmare or a dream. Choosing the best plumber for each project, budget and house is like choosing a doctor. This article was more than useful, and gives more than one excellent advice. Reminding house owners to consult different plumbers is more than relevant; different professional opinions and budget options are always the best alternative.

  13. Jai Sabharwal says:

    Finally I found an article that truly explained me how to choose a plumber in the simplest way possible. Little did I know that plumbing rates can vary so much. I always chose what was available near me and never bothered to look for such factors in deciding a great plumber. I guess that changes now.

  14. sen says:

    This is a very interesting article I came across. I didn’t actually think that it could be this in-depth to even find a plumber for the toilet. Now, I think that I’m more knowledgeable on the fact that I would need a very experienced plumber so I won’t run into any problems in the future. Do you think someone with 5 years of experience would be reliable enough? I mean they’ve been in business for 5 years, so I’m assuming they are, but I don’t really know. It would be great to have some feedback on this.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Hi Sen, thanks for visiting. Depending on what you need done, a plumber who has been in business for 5 years may very well be capable of doing the job. Again, it just all depends on the requirements and expectations of the job. Most plumbers will offer you a free inspection to gauge the requirements of the job and give you a quote. Also, it’s best to go with a certified plumber to minimize the chance of problems occurring.

  15. Naganandhini says:

    Useful article, Good point made. “It is important to hire experienced and Licensed plumbers” especially if you are hiring a plumber for renovation. The renovation works or addition works should not affect the existing systems pressure. If you hire an inexperienced plumber you might end up in disaster.

  16. aoiarambs says:

    Thank you for your great post! As a new homeowner, aside from getting a plumbing inspection on a house before buying, one must also consider who’s the best plumber in the area to get most of money.

  17. Carly B says:

    This is a helpful article! Thanks, I needed this. I agree, having a license doesn’t completely mean one is competent and skillful enough. Its always best to ask around first and get some feedback from other people to get your money’s worth.

  18. Sara D. says:

    Thanks for the great pointers! We’ve hired so-called plumbers before (a friend of a friend), and we ended up fixing the problem ourselves – after hours of fiddling. Next time we need a plumber, we’re hiring a professional.

  19. Mary Swingler says:

    You have some excellent points, with well thought-out criteria. The more information you have, the more capable you will be in making an informed decision.

    Checking with the Better Business Bureau to see if a company has received any complaints. You could also read the comments and reviews of customers.

  20. Rod H says:

    Indeed, I agree with the what the article says “just because someone has a plumbing license doesn’t mean she or he will do a commendable job for you when you call them”. In our place (I’m living outside the U.S.) most of plumbing works on residential areas and within our neighboring community are done by unlicensed plumbers. They get the job done though quite well. I believe the key there is knowing your craft.

  21. Aleksandar Yordanov says:

    Although plumbers might cost you a lot,in most of the cases,it’s better to call a plumber then just letting your husband or neighbour do the job,after all,a professional plumber knows what he’s doing.

  22. Erwin Capin says:

    You might find more affordable local plumbers in the area but I would still consider the credibilty of the plumbing company as I don’t want to risk the safety of my family. I would suggest asking friends or relatives who know plumbers for quite sometime. This way, I am more confident they will do commendable job and who knows they might give discounts for referral.

  23. Ona M says:

    Great article, especially for a first time home owner like me with no experience in dealing with plumbing issues or finding a plumber on my own.

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