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How to Pick a Plumbing Company

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Introduction

When it comes to our day to day lives, things happen. This is especially true in the home, where everything has a life line and we can expect things to break down over time. This has recently happened in my own home, where I ran in to an interesting problem: there is a leak between the first and second floors. After following the second floor and seeing nowhere that there is any water, I decided that I would need to call in a professional to help figure out what the problem is and fix it. After a short bit of research, what I found is that this would be a plumber. And that is where our journey begins.

Free Estimates

If you live in a city, or at least close to one, you should be able to find plenty of plumbers that offer free estimates for the repairs you need. This allows you to shop around to decide a couple of different things:

  • Do you like the plumber? Do you trust them? If they are going to be working on your home, it is important that you are dealing with someone you can trust. Otherwise you are possibly going to pay someone to fix the problem, only to find out later that you are back where you started (and without the money you already paid)
  • Is their price good? Every person that you speak to is going to have a different price. This is going to be because they are from different companies and have different overheads, levels of experience, are more needy when it comes to getting some more work, etc. Finding someone that works at a cost that you can afford is important

If at all possible, I would avoid anyone that does not offer free estimates. I have found from the past that some people will take money up front, only to let you know that they can not handle the work or something else (and usually justify running off with your cash by saying that they had to travel to you). It is better to alleviate this altogether by simply getting estimates so that you can compare and contrast the costs of going with different people.

Flat Rate vs Hourly

A lot of plumbers are going to want to be paid by the hour. Each project is different, even if they are similar, and if they are spending more time on one project than another, it makes sense that they would get paid more as a result. The issue here is that you are paying for time where they are not working or are using delay tactics to help slow it down for more money. Because it is so difficult to determine who is doing this and who is not (and it is important to also note that people with more experience should be working faster than those with less, which brings up more problems), I prefer to go with flat rate. This allows the plumber to get a specified amount of money once they complete the job, and helps protect me as well in that as long as it gets done, I do not care if they finished it in 10 minutes or 10 hours; the cost is still the same to me.

It is important to understand that, as stated, a lot of plumbers are going to want to be paid hourly. If you are like me and want to go with the flat rate instead, it is pretty simple: find someone else that is willing to do it for a flat rate. As long as you continue having options for how you want to get the job done, there is no reason not to exercise them.

Do Not Settle

Absolutely do not ever settle for a certain person or business. All too often I hear people complain because they decided to take the first person to make it out or just chose a random one, and things did not go as well as they had wished. Always vet out anyone that is doing work for you and only take those that you feel comfortable with. If you do not feel comfortable paying someone and trusting their work, you should not allow them to do it. It is that simple.

I think the easiest way to relate this is to being a job. Essentially you are the employer (and in fact you are employing the person or business to come fix your plumbing), and they are applying for the job. You want someone you can depend on. Just as if you were the manager of a store, you do not want to just take the first person to apply for it, nor settle for someone that you are unsure of. It is just a recipe for disaster.

Ask About Guarantees

Always ask about work guarantees. Some people will not offer these, but most reputable plumbers will. Essentially it is just like a warranty on something you just bought at the store. If their work ends up not being up to par, or goes bad shortly down the road, they will come fix it for free. It would make no sense to pay someone to do something, only to have to pay someone else to do the same thing (but better) in a week. The guarantee helps ensure that the work is as good as it should be, or better, and helps protect you from potential problems as a result.

Ask About Bonding

Being bonded is another important thing. This is a type of insurance that helps protect the plumber in case they mess something up. If they are working on a small thing in the house, for example, and a lot of damage is created as a result, the bond covers the costs for them to get it all dealt with so you are not left with even more expenses than you started out with. This protection is essentially protecting both you, as the home owner, and the plumber, in that you can both be rest assured that everything is going to be handled. Most home owners will not even deal with someone that is not bonded as a result.

Ask About Licensing

Plumbers should have a license. This shows that they have the knowledge to handle the job and that the state has acknowledged this. Any plumber without a license should be suspect, being that they could be operating illegally or may not even really know what they are doing. Of course there are also plumbers that do not have a license that do know what they are doing (much like there are people that can drive cars and do not have a license), but for your protection it is best to always go for someone that is licensed over someone who is not.

Look for Reviews

Most plumbers should be on review sites for people to drop a line as to how their experience is. This lets others (like you) get a better look at what others thought about their services, and the information you obtain can go a long way towards validating them. Before you just take all the reviews in and accept them, though, there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of.

First of all, anyone and everyone can leave a review. This means that the plumber themselves could even leave a lot of great ones on their own, or they could hire that out to others to do for them, in order to create a false sense of security and trust within them. Looking at how they are written will help weed these out quite a bit, in that if it is the same person writing one review after another you can usually tell. If you are on a site that shows when the accounts were created, this also helps, as you can see if there are a lot of them being created at the same time. Pay attention to post dates for all reviews and look for inconsistencies. If you see ten posted on one day, but twelve reviews total over a year, that could be a potential red flag.

The other thing you need to be aware of is that reviews are what we call selective responses. Most people are not going to take time out of their day to leave positive praise, regardless as to how much they loved the service. This is just a part of life and is not only related to reviews, but surveys in general (and, in a sense, the reviews are just surveys). You are much more likely to find bad reviews than good ones, in that when people are upset they are more likely to leave one so that they can keep others from visiting the service. This leads to two new issues:

  • It is sometimes hard to tell what are “edge cases,” or situations that arise that are out of the ordinary. We have all had one of these happen, where something occurs that nobody else really experiences, yet it still annoys us. In the case of reviews, you would be likely to see this reported
  • Sometimes the person could have a ton of happy customers, but what you are seeing is the worst of the bad ones. It can create a false sense of whether or not the worker is high quality

At the end of your reading, you just really have to mull it over and see how you feel about the plumber. It can be hard to make a decision, for sure, but the more you think about it and the more you evaluate what you have learned through your reading, the better off you are going to be and the more informed your decision is going to become.

If you really want to help change things when it comes to reviews, something you can do is help people out by reviewing their services online when they are finished. Whether you are happy or not with the service, just by leaving your own experience online you are helping others learn what they are getting in to before they move on. The more people that do this, the more wholistic our view of services is going to become, which is a good thing for everyone in that it helps protect customers from bad services and helps good services gain more customers.

Conclusion

Picking out a plumbing company can be hard. There are usually a lot of them to choose from, and they include national companies, local ones, family owned ones, solo plumbers and even those that are not licensed and are willing to work cheaper. Each one comes at their own price and experience, and picking the right fit is a tough decision. Through this article I have hopefully helped push you on your way to knowing what you need to in order to pick a great one. Just keep in mind that even with all of this information at your disposal, it is up to you to use it. The less due diligence you do when you are selecting your service provider, the more problems you are opening up your doors to. Do not slack on these things. They are important and picking the wrong company or person can lead to more problems than you already have, which means a bigger headache and more money spent. It is better to take the time to get it done right the first time instead.

Feel free to check out my next article, on what to do after the plumber arrives. This will continue where we left off, dealing with the actual service you are getting and what you need to do in order to help smooth over the process of the work.

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