How to Hire the Right Plumber

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Whether you have a leaky pipe, clogged sewer line, or planning for a bathroom remodel, you’ll want a professional plumber ready and able to assist you as needed. Ideally you already have one you trust to get the job done in a timely manner and to your complete satisfaction.

But what if you don’t? Here’s what you need to know about hiring a reputable, experienced plumber in your area.

What Should a Plumber Be Able to Fix?

A trained, licensed plumber should be able to handle the following:

  • Toilet troubles like frequent clogs, leaks, phantom flushing, and replacement if needed.
  • Slow moving and clogged drains, low water pressure, and slow-flowing water from faucets and showerheads.
  • Plumbing renovations including kitchen and bathroom remodeling, expansions, additions and anything that requires new plumbing installation.
  • Sewer line clearing and repair.

Emergency vs. Non-Emergency Situations

Before you hire a plumber for a specific job, consider whether you think it’s an emergency or something that can be scheduled at everyone’s mutual convenience.

Flooding due to a burst pipe, for example, or a failed sump pump can result in significant damage to your home and valuables. A backed up sewer line presents a health hazard and prevents you from running water until the problem is remedied. A lack of running water can pose health and safety challenges until the problem is repaired. Such instances require the expertise and immediate action of a qualified plumber.

On the other hand, some plumbing problems, while still requiring a plumber, may not be as pressing. A toilet that clogs too frequently, a minor leak, water hammer, and other such issues need attention, but not necessarily at midnight on a Sunday. Before calling a plumber, consider the urgency of the problem and whether your home and family’s health and safety are at risk.

How to Find the Right Plumber

Ideally, you’ll have researched, interviewed, and selected a plumbing company long before emergency service is needed. Here are some helpful tips:

Consider your needs and wants. Do you want a plumber who can handle common repairs, maintenance, and installation as well as remodeling and emergency services?

Ask for recommendations from neighbors, friends, and relatives. What were they satisfied with and where did they feel their plumber fell short? And don’t forget to ask about the scope of work that was completed.

Check ratings and reviews of various local companies and see if any match up to those recommended by friends or relatives whose opinions you value.

Once you have your short list, contact each one and ask the following questions:

  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • Do you use sub-contractors and are they licensed and insured?
  • Do you offer free estimates and written quotes?
  • Do you offer product warranties and service guarantees?
  • Do you offer 24-hour emergency services?
  • What are your service limitations?

Connor Plumbing has been facing high level scrutiny like this since the early 1900’s. Today, we’ve never been busier. So, for plumbing done right AND to your satisfaction, give us a try. We won’t disappoint.

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