Looking for a Plumber? 7 Tips for Choosing the Right One
It’s common for people to think all plumbers are the same until they end up with a bad one.
Like any other industry professional, not all people working in the plumbing sector are the same. And you need one who’s not just good at their work but is also reliable and knows how to deal with people (good customer service is vital). This requires some work, and we’re here to help you with just that.
Read on for some tips on how to find the right plumber for your home:
1. Seek Referrals
Getting started with the plumber search is often the hardest. People often do not know where to find options for potentially good plumbers to shortlist from. Asking your friends and family members is a good old trusted method you can start with.
Ask if they have ever worked with a plumber whose services they liked and would like to recommend them to others. You will likely get a few options. If you want more choices or have been unable to secure any recommendations, the internet is always your best friend.
2. Check Their Licensure & Insurance
It goes without saying that the plumber you choose to work with has to be licensed and insured.
Licenses are proof of their qualification, skills, and expertise, whereas insurance ensures you wouldn’t be liable for any damages and/or injuries that may happen while they are working on your property.
Many people skip this step when they get recommendations from someone they know. Don’t do this. Not everyone knows the importance of checking a plumber’s license and insurance, so don’t just presume. Do your own investigation, always!
3. Ask How Long They Have Been In Business For
Experience doesn’t always guarantee quality; some new plumbing services may also offer exceptional services, and experienced ones can ruin your work (which is why we have other factors to consider). However, it is an advantage in most cases. The longer a plumber has been in the business, the higher the chances they will deliver quality services.
Experience also breeds trust.
You’re more likely to trust a plumber who has been in the business for a decade than someone who has just started their career. And this doesn’t just go for quality, but also for reliability. Trusting a new person with your home and completing the job is hard. Someone with a substantial amount of experience is less likely (expected) to disappear halfway through the project. You don’t always have the same level of trust with a novice.
4. Consider Reviews and Ratings
Don’t just rely on what you hear from the professionals themselves. See what their previous customers say about them, too, before you make a decision. You may do a quick Google search or check on different online platforms.
5. Ask If They Do Background Checks
When you hire a plumber, you invite a stranger to your home, and you don’t want to be standing on their head all the time to ensure they are only doing their job. You want to have the peace of mind that the people you’re letting inside your home are trustworthy. Ask the company you’re considering hiring if they run background checks on the plumbers they hire.
6. Do They Offer Emergency Services?
This may not seem an important consideration to you at the moment, but if you want to save yourself from repeating this whole finding-a-good-plumber exercise, you would want to find a company that offers emergency plumbing services. Plumbing emergencies can occur at any time. Imagine the chaos there will be if you don’t have a reliable professional to call for help when a plumbing emergency arises at an odd hour, weekend, or holiday. You don’t want to be in that situation.
Therefore, it’s best to have a plumber that offers emergency services.
7. Consider Their Professionalism
It’s difficult to figure out how professional a service provider is unless you work with them. But you can get some idea of it from how they deal with you. A good plumbing company always answers your calls with enthusiasm; their representatives talk to you in a friendly manner, and, most importantly, answer all the questions you may have. They also do not hesitate to show you proof of their license, insurance, permits, or previous work.
A good plumber (or any service provider, for that matter) is always gentle, kind, and friendly and is quick to respond.
The Sum Up
Good plumbers always have their customers’ best interests in mind. They are friendly yet professional, patient, and honest. They will never compromise on the quality of work or give you wrong opinions or advice just to make a few extra bucks.
It may seem difficult to find such plumbing services, but we promise they exist. You just have to look around and do a bit of research. If you happen to live in Central New Jersey, we can be the one!
We have the experience, expertise, a reliable team, and everything else you may look for in a plumbing company to trust your home with.
Having been in the industry for over 30 years, we also know all the different plumbing systems in the Central Jersey area like the back of our hand. You can trust us to deliver quality work and professional services and to come to your rescue in emergency situations, too. Call Bob Hoegler Plumbing today at 732-595-2078 for professional and reliable plumbing services in Central New Jersey.
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