Tips & Tricks

7 Tips to Hire a Professional Plumber

by Ian Haynes

A plumbing crisis can never be a good thing! Household crisis such as a pipe bursts or leaking faucets, Garbage disposal jammed  are a few things that can give a homeowner a terrifying nightmare. In such a situation, appointing an inexperienced plumber will hardly give you any sigh of relief and in fact, it could make matters even worse.

Therefore, it becomes very important that you hire a reputable and experienced plumber for a good plumbing company. If you want your homes plumbing to get the right kind of treatment you need to take into account the following before hiring any of plumber.

7 Useful Tips That Will Help You

Here are 7 useful tips that will help you hire a professional plumber.

Ensure that the plumber is licensed and has a good track record

The first thing that you need to do, while looking out for a plumber is to check if they have got a valid license for the job. Other than that, you also need to check and see if they have got an insurance cover that would protect you and your neighbors in case there is any kind of unpleasant issue. 

Another point to keep in mind while checking up their license is that you also need to check and see if they do not have any kind of pending complains against them. You also need to know that even if a plumber has got a valid license it is not necessary that he may be good at his job. The value of a plumber can be understood the best through the word of mouth or through references.

Look out for your neighbor’s advice

If your neighbors have lately got the remodeling of their house done, you could always go and talk to them and ask them which plumber they hired and also ask them about the feedback about the work that he had done. If it is for a quick fix or an emergency repair or for a remodeling and construction work you can look out for a suitable plumber that would fit your need.

Chalk out your plumbing plan

First, before you start looking out for plumbers you first need to understand your need. If the plumber you want to hire represents a company, he would be responsible for each and every minute he spends. The plumber will help you to execute the plan that you have prepared even though he may not have the chance to sit and plan along with you.

You need to have a clear understanding of the services offered by the plumber

Before you hire a plumber you need to understand a few things such as:

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    If he works on project basis or an hourly basis.
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    Get to know if the plumber you want to hire will charge you for any non plumbing task that he would need to do.
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    Also ask him, if he will be charging you anything for the time he would have to wait till the products are delivered to your doorstep.
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    Also ask him if he has any liability insurance.

Spend some time making a few calls

Once you start looking out for a company that provides plumbing services call and speak to the manager. You need to keep your patience in such situations, as in most cases the plumbing companies like to deal directly with the contractors itself and would not deal directly with the home owners.

Buy the necessary fixtures and fittings yourself

After chalking out and finalizing your plumbing plan you can then go ahead and shop for all your plumbing fittings such as toilets, sinks, bathtubs and other essentials things that you might need. This will save you a lot of time and money.

Don’t forget to do your ground work

There are some really good plumbers that will charge you quite a high rate for their services. So, in order to save on those hourly costs you can do some groundwork before hand and keep all the things that he will need so he can finish up all the work as soon as possible.

Let’s say for example, if your wall needs to be opened up, you can do this work before the plumber’s visits your place. You could also clean up all the crawlspaces and light up the basement before the plumber comes over your place to do the job.


So, if you follow up on all these 7 tips religiously you will definitely find a good plumber that will be able to take care of all your needs.

Ian Haynes is an expert writer who has successfully deployed over 500 plumbing pages and other related content. He has an excellent understanding of home plumbing issues and translates his experiences via Plumbing Lab so readers can have a better understanding of common household problems. Outside of his work, Ian likes exploring Brooklyn with his Labrador.