Tips For Hiring a Trustworthy Plumbing Contractor

As a homeowner, you will most likely need the services of a plumbing contractor at some point. There is a huge chance that you will experience a plumbing problem in your home when you least expect it. If you are not prepared to deal with a clogged pipe, dripping faucet, or low water pressure and you leave it unfixed, it can lead to a more costly issue. 

Aside from plumbing problems, you will also need a professional plumber when you decide to have a little remodeling and renovation to increase your property’s value. In case you want to upgrade to an energy-efficient water heater or eco-friendly fixture, you will have to hire a plumbing contractor to get it installed right. 

So how are you going to go about hiring a plumbing contractor? You want to hire someone who is reliable, trustworthy, and is fair when it comes to pricing. Your home is probably your most prized investment and you want to leave the plumbing jobs to capable hands. Here are some of the things you need to do before hiring a professional plumber.

Scour the internet for online reviews

Another good place to start looking for contractors in your area is the internet. A lot of plumbing contractors and suppliers, especially the more tech-savvy ones, use social media and review aggregator sites to advertise themselves. These sites usually have a rating and review system where previous clients can post their feedback on a contractor’s work. Use this information to look for plumbers in your area with high ratings and favorable reviews. 

Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations

Plumbing contractors mostly rely on word of mouth to do business. Their reputation is part of their capital. They know that if they do a great job, their customers will recommend them to relatives and acquaintances. So if you need to get your pipes fixed, ask a family member, neighbor, or colleague if they have someone to recommend. They will be more likely to give you a trustworthy review of the plumber they hired.

Verify if they are licensed to work in the state

After making a shortlist of contractors, the next thing you need to do is contact them. The first question you should ask is if they are licensed to work in the state. In the state of Ohio, plumbing is a regulated profession. Having a license means that they passed the examination prescribed by the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board and have the necessary skills and knowledge for the profession. Ask for their license numbers and verify them using the state’s verification website. If any of the license numbers do not check out or if they don’t have a license at all, you should think twice about hiring them. 

Ask if they have the necessary insurance

As with all home improvement and repair projects, a plumbing job has a risk of injury for the contractor, a third party and you. In addition, there may also be damage to adjacent properties. Plumbing professionals need to be prepared for these risks by carrying insurance. In general, plumbing companies need to have liability insurance and worker’s compensation. Liability insurance protects the contractor from claims against their work while worker’s compensation gives medical benefits to an employee if they get injured on the job. 

About the Author:

Chris Woodard is the Co-Founder of Handle.com, where they build software that helps contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers with late payments. Handle.com also provides funding for construction businesses in the form of invoice factoring, material supply trade credit, and mechanics lien purchasing.

13 comments on “Tips For Hiring a Trustworthy Plumbing Contractor

Steve Jones

It’s fantastic to learn that you should ask friends for recommendations when looking for a plumber. My wife and I are wanting to renovate our home and we were wondering which plumber we should hire to redo the piping in our bathroom. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should ask our friends if they know of any reliable plumbers in our area.

Steve Jones

I liked how you mentioned that you should ask your friends if they know of any plumbers in the area to hire. My wife and I are wanting to renovate our home and we were wondering how we can who we should hire to redo the piping in our bathroom. I’ll be sure to ask some of our friends about which plumber we should hire.

Fred Gibbons

It’s interesting that you mention that a professional plumber can help you if you are having a problem with low water pressure in your home. The water pressure in my house has been terrible lately, so I’m considering hiring a plumber to fix the problem for me. I’m going to search for a good provider of residential plumbing services in my area to employ.

Patrick Ross

I like what you said about looking online so that you can find a contractor with a good reputation. My sister has been telling me about how her kitchen sink has been leaking. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

Rebecca Gardner

It was helpful when you explained that plumbers need to be covered by insurance to show that they’re prepared for the risks of the job. My brother told me he’s looking for a commercial plumber in his area because the water heater in his office building stopped working consistently last week. The info you shared here should be helpful as he starts the process of evaluating and comparing local plumbers!

Marcus

Thanks for mentioning how you should look for a plumber with high ratings. I can see that choosing someone like this can help you get quality work. We need to find a good plumber that can help us replace our old toilet, so I’m glad I found your page.

Kate Hansen

It was really helpful when you said to get recommendations from a family member. My sister was telling me last night about how she needs to find a plumbing company to help with installing sinks in the school that she works at, and she wants to make sure that she finds a good company to help. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to her so that she can know how to find a good plumber to help.

Kate Hansen

I loved how you mentioned that you can look online for feedback from clients. For the past couple of weeks, the sink in my kitchen has been draining pretty slowly, and I can’t seem to fix it on my own, so I want to look into hiring a professional to help with cleaning it. I’ll make sure to keep this information in mind as I search for a plumber to help me with my kitchen sink.

Bryson Owens

It makes a lot of sense to do some research online to make a list of the best contractors in the area. My spouse and I are trying to find a new plumber to work with because we are having some sewer line issues. We need to find an experienced contractor in the area that can really help us fix this issue before it results in major damages.

Levi Armstrong

I like that you said that I should try looking for a 24/7 emergency plumbing service on my area on the internet since a lot of plumbing services have their own website. We’ve been having trouble with our toilet drain recently but I don’t think it needs any repairs yet. However, I’d like to be prepared so I want to find a reputable plumbing service so I can have their number saved on my phone. I’ll follow your tip and search online for an expert with great reviews. Thanks!

Braden Bills

My drains have been getting clogged a lot, so I want to get a professional to take a look at them for me. It makes sense that I would want to ask my friends and family for referrals on a plumber to hire! That way, I can ensure that I find a plumber that I can trust to do a good job with this.

Fred Gibbons

It’s interesting that you mention that a professional plumber can help you if you have a clogged pipe in your home. One of my pipes became clogged yesterday, so I’m considering hiring a plumber to fix the problem for me. I’m going to search for a reputable local plumber to hire.

Rebecca Gardner

It’s good to know that we should start things off by asking if the plumber is licensed to legally work in our state, since that means they’ll have the necessary skills for the job. My husband and I need to have our water heater repaired because the pilot light needs to be restarted multiple times a week now. I appreciate you teaching me how to find a plumbing service we can feel confident about hiring for the job!

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