Guidelines For Hiring A Reputable Plumber

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Finding the right plumber for your project can be a very daunting task. It raises a lot of questions that the homeowner needs to find answers to before settling on a particular expert. You want someone who will give you assurance of quality and long lasting work after hiring him. This is why you should always carry out extensive research about water technicians in your area before hiring any of them. Below are some tips which may assist you in making this difficult decision.


You must first ensure that any technician that you seriously consider for the work is licensed. Being in possession of a license is always an indication that you are dealing with someone who is qualified in this field. This is because it is not just dished out to anybody but only those plumbers who are fully qualified.


Insurance cover is another imperative factor. Plumbing is a very risky trade. One may get injured when they are in your compound. In such situations, the client is always held responsible for any injuries the technician suffers unless the technician himself and his support staff are insured. To avoid incurring such extra expenses, you should always look for someone who is insured.


It is also important to ask the expert for a few of his past projects so that you can have first hand experience of their workmanship. A good technician will always have at least a few projects that they can show for their expertise. Anybody who is not willing to allow you see his past projects may be hiding something and is not worth taking the risk.


Service charge is another critical factor. You should insist on upfront charges as opposed to hourly rates. Any contractor who does not want to give an upfront quotation may be planning to inflate the rates after the work. Because of this, you should always agree with your contractor in advance on how much you will pay him on completion.

Get Referrals

To find an expert with all these features, you can ask your friends, colleagues and other homeowners for referrals. Among all these people, you will find a few of them who know good water technicians. An expert whose name keeps on popping up whenever you ask for recommendations is likely to be a good one.

Be Ready

By considering all the above factors when looking for a plumber, you should always be able to find the best. Because you never know the next time you will need these experts, it is advisable to keep the contact details of any good plumber you come across. This will save you the trouble of having to search for one when faced with emergency.

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32 Responses to Guidelines For Hiring A Reputable Plumber

  1. Danessa Violette says:

    Many websites now take care of the daunting task of searching for a licensed professional, for you. For example; Angie’s list, is a website with a large list of different professionals who are licensed with references.(Including plumbers.) The references and licensing are listed on the site for you to see, along with all the available information about that particular company. This is a great way to set your mind at ease. Sites like these are ideal for any hired help.

  2. Audrey Smith says:

    It is most convenient if these factors were actually present in times when our household needs a plumber but there are certain places where plumbers are not even licensed but have a good reputation for his past works. It is okay to still hire them despite lack of such requisites because work within your home will undoubtedly take longer if you find someone who is not available. Just make sure that you come to agree on the payment/charges and the flexible time with which he can certainly do his job.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Thanks for your comment Audrey. I agree that reputation trumps all, but for everyone it is not always okay to still hire someone without professional credentials. This is why it’s best to be proactive and have a home plumber on standby for emergency situations – just as you would a your physician, dentist or mechanic. It’s no different; it’s about being prepared in advance so that you won’t have to scramble looking for someone and accepting anything that just happens to be thrown your way at times of emergency.

  3. Nadine Marcos says:

    Hiring a plumber is not unlike hiring a mechanic. Some mechanics, unfortunately may cite more than one problem in your vehicle where it may not exist and thus get paid for more ‘repair jobs’ The article raises a good point making sure that the plumber charges upfront so as not to ‘stretch the job’ with hourly rates..

  4. Lucas MacQuarrie says:

    Having a referral from a trusted friend or colleague is crucial in finding a plumber you can trust. For most of us, plumbing is a complete mystery and knowing that who you’re hiring has done quality work for someone you know is great for peace of mind. Take your time when choosing and make sure that any quote you get for work is reasonable and that your plumber sticks to their original quote. Also, getting a second opinion is always a good idea when the situation permits.

  5. Cammy F says:

    I wish I’d seen these tips sooner! When our pipes burst this winter, I had to get a plumber fast. He gave me a great estimate but the actual bill was way higher and he made such a mess. I’m going to do my research now so I know who to call next time.

  6. Mina says:

    Having insurance as mentioned in this article, is absolutely key. A terrible situation happened to me in which, due to technician carelessness, resulted in his injury. I was then penalized heavily for this error. This also could have been avoided by using a proper referral, something else mentioned in this article. Live and learn!

  7. Jason Daniel says:

    In my experience, I’ve found that solid referrals are the most reliable indicator as to whether or not you are dealing with someone who knows what they are doing. If they did a good job for someone you know and charged a reasonable rate, chances are you will receive the same treatment, particularly if you mention that you chose them based on a referral. Online rankings can often be misleading, I’ll take the word of a friend or neighbor any day as opposed to anonymous reviews online.

  8. Katy V. says:

    A plumber may look good on paper, being licensed and insured, but does he walk the walk? Reputation and referrals are a great indicator as to whether you are getting what you pay for. We all want to keep a little money in our pockets and have the job done right the first time.kkk

    • Sandra says:

      Excellent point, Katy. Getting referrals from past customers is always a great idea and can save future headaches!

  9. Andres says:

    This article is quite useful. I would not have considered to review all these points before hiring a plumber or a technician. It will be very satisfactory to find a handyman with all of these qualities so the work can be done without any issues. Also, I think is important to respect the trade and to support the careers of so many technicians. Many thanks!

  10. Clare says:

    This is a very helpful and informative article! These are great guidelines to follow in this type of situation, and making sure they are insured could certainly avoid incurring any additional charges.

  11. Daniel Hopkins says:

    I never thought to ask if my plumber was insured. Also, remember the an estimate is exactly that, an estimate. Plumbers that give low estimates may just want your business. Go with the plumber who won’t cut corners and who is honest.

  12. Brett C says:

    Helpful article, I like to take on most home improvement projects with a DIY attitude but accidents happen; as any home owner can attest so it is good to have a set criteria like this handy. In my experience most plumbers offer free estimates to customers, but be wary of any who prefer to give over-the-phone as they can be hasty and lead to inaccurate quotes on overall cost.

  13. Chris S says:

    Great article! I personally believe that a personal referral is one of the best ways to find a trusted plumber (or anyone who provides a service). I used to run a computer repair business and most of my clients were obtained through referrals from their friends or family members. The part of the article that mentions requesting an upfront fee instead of an hourly wage is also very important. It shows that the plumber has experience and know’s his worth, and is confident in their work.

  14. cjmoure says:

    Make sure your plumber is licensed! Can’t stress that enough. Its always a good idea to ask around for the number of a plumber who has worked for someone you know.

  15. S. Alexander says:

    It is a risky trade. I have a few pals who are in the industry. Trust goes a long way. But finding the right one who knows his craft, and won’t cheat you is even harder. If you do find the best fit, they do deserve good coin.

  16. Noah says:

    This is a helpful article! We tend to contact plumbers only when there’s an emergency (i.e. sewage backup, leaking pipes, etc), which makes us just want to get the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Using this information, I think it’s a good idea to have a plumber chosen in advance to avoid hiring someone out of desperation. We should know his/her credentials and reputation beforehand.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Exactly. Avoid desperate decision making. That’s a recipe for disastrous decision making for anything in life.

  17. elchasai says:

    Your point about insurance is so key man. My parents ended up covering someone else’s rear end because of this, they had a leak in their boiler room, the plumber slipped and he sued them! Turns out he wasn’t even accredited in anyway. So, bully to you in three points actually — get referrals, ask for evidence of past work AND make sure the plumber is insured.

  18. Daniel Hopkins says:

    licensing is the first thing you should check for…after that, if you can find someone you know who recommends a great plumber you should trust them. My barber is efficient and excellent so i go every time. A plumber should be the same; reliable, gives an honest quote, delivers a good product. lessons to live and learn by.

  19. Danny says:

    This is really great to know how to hire a plumber for our homes. Is there a place we can get a list of licensed plumbers for different regions?

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Hi Danny, well we don’t have a published public list, but if you every need help finding a qualified plumber in your area, simply contact us and we’d be happy to help.

  20. PK Sardar says:

    The guidelines are great. However in developing and under developed countries getting a Licensed Plumber is not easy. And if one looks for a Licensed Plumber with Insurance coverage on his profession, I doubt whether any would be available in these countries.

    • ContractorGuy says:

      Yes that may be a challenge in some areas, but another option is to at least get referrals of a good plumber from friends or family.

  21. Jose Santos says:

    Indeed, hiring a plumber is almost like playing the lottery, if we know little about the subject. Therefore, these are great tips to make sure we hire the right one. In my opinion, the best guarantee is knowing the work someone has done for our friends and familiars(the word of mouth).

  22. Sanju Mathew says:

    Finding a good plumber is a nightmare for most. We knew most of the points but what stood out and what we tend to forget is the insurance. Always better to get a person who has his / her own insurance. Also you must take an upfront rate and an hourly rate

  23. Javier fresn says:

    thanks for provide the link to find plumber

  24. SUE RILLS says:

    really this is the most sensitive sector of house building which a plumber do,,

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