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.