3 Questions Homeowners Need To Ask Before Hiring A Plumber

Are you dealing with a plumbing issue of some kind? Do you need someone to come out and fix it but you're not sure who to call? Picking a plumber can seem stressful, especially when you have multiple ones to choose from. Fortunately, asking the right questions can help to narrow down the choices from many to just two or three for you to pick from. If you don't know what kind of questions to ask, some of the best ones include the following.

What type of plumbing do you do? Not all plumbers handle the same type of plumbing repair jobs. Some plumbers focus mainly on installation, some focus on installation and repair of HVAC units, while others do mainly emergency repair calls. If you're looking for someone to replace your garbage disposal, it won't do any good to try to hire a plumber who mostly installs and maintains water heaters and the surrounding hot water system. You'll waste your time, the plumbers time, and if they come out to your home they may charge you for the visit but be unable to help you with anything. Because of this, finding a plumber who can handle your repair task is essential.

Are you licensed/insured/bonded? Some states have relatively few regulations when it comes to who is allowed to perform a plumbing repair. Other states have much stricter laws in this regard. But no matter where you live, you should always choose a plumber that is at least bonded and/or insured, even if the licensing is a mere formality. If the plumber happens to make a mistake that causes damage to your home, them being bonded and/or insured will allow you to more easily get money to repair the damage without having to go through your own homeowner's insurance. Using your own insurance to enact repairs could result in your rates being raised significantly.

How much experience do you have? Choosing a relatively new plumbing company isn't necessarily a bad thing. But you'll want to make sure that the owner and/or any employees have sufficient experience to be able to perform whatever plumbing repair you might need. Typically, a plumber will be apprenticed for a few years and work his or her way up until potentially going off to start his or her own plumbing business. Someone who didn't go through this system and who has only been working in the plumbing field for a year or two is someone that you probably don't want working on your plumbing. 

For more information, reach out to a plumbing repair service near you.