How to Hire a Professional Plumber
A professional plumber is worth his or her weight in gold. Here's how to find one.
By Sabah Karimi
Whether you're working on a home remodeling project in the kitchen or bathroom, building a new home, or need to replace broken pipes, a professional plumber can assist with any repairs and installations. Learn how to evaluate the reliability and expertise of a professional plumber.
Professional plumbers must be licensed and insured in order to provide services to the public. The plumber's license information should be registered with the state's licensing board, and may also be listed with the Better Business Bureau. Plumbers must show proof of liability insurance before any work can be performed. Plumbers in 24 states must also hold a journeyman's certification, which means they have passed competency exams and served an apprenticeship.
Types of services
A professional plumber typically offers a wide range of services for residential and commercial projects and for construction sites. They have experience in areas such as drain cleaning, sewer repair, water heater repair or installation, flooded basements, pipe and waterline leaks, clogged toilets, drain or sewer backups, and copper repiping. They often use specialized tools, and in some cases, heavy-duty equipment to handle all types of plumbing projects.
Some professional plumbers charge by the hour, but others offer a flat fee for the project. When working on a home installation or remodel, a plumber may offer a quote or estimate during the consultation. When hired for an emergency situation, such as a toilet blockage or water leaks, plumbers may charge an hourly rate plus additional fees for travel time or cleanup.
Warranties on the installation of plumbing fixtures, such as new toilets, sinks and bathtubs, make it easier to order a replacement if you experience any problems after the installation. Some plumbers offer a customer satisfaction guarantee on all work performed for a certain period of time, which means you can have the plumber perform repair work at no additional cost.
About the Author
Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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