You know where your living room is, but your life support rooms are your kitchen and your bathroom. Don’t deny it – a home without either one would be intolerable.
Good plumbing – which provides fresh, clean, toxin-free water – is vital to these life support rooms. Just imagine if the water wasn’t running. Most of us have done minor repair/declogging work in both of these rooms, and that has taught us it can be a messy job. More reason for us to appreciate professional plumbers!
Good plumbing really is worth its weight in gold – and it is a true investment in your home and the health and comfort of all who live there.
What steps do you need to take to find a good plumber?
- First, be clear about what you need. Do you need an improvement – new pipes, modern faucets, or low-flow showerheads and toilets (important for everyone, but especially here in California)? Or are you in an emergency situation (blocked pipes) and time is of the essence?
- Make sure to check out the company’s license. All states, including California, require professional contractors to be licensed. In California, contractors are licensed by the Contractors State License Board (CRLB). A plumber can be a licensed independent contractor, or work for a contractor that is licensed. Without the backing of a license, you cannot tell how well-trained a plumber is – and low-rent work can be a disaster.
- Make sure that your plumber(s) are insured. Without workman’s compensation and general liability, if a plumber is injured at your home you may have to pick up the bill for medical expenses.
- Make sure that the plumber(s) know the local building codes.
- Ask what kind of fixtures will be used if replacement is needed. If you have purchased fixtures/pipes on your own, ask if the company will install customer-purchased items. Some companies will not. (Before buying, make sure that what you buy has the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) stamps of approval).
- Ask about the warranty. Don’t be surprised if material has a longer warranty than labor.
- Ask about their billing protocol. Some companies bill by the hour, while others go by flat rates based on the service provided. A low hourly rate may not be a bargain when equipment fees and material fees are added.
- Find out the company’s Better Business Bureau rating, and if it is a member of the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and the Association of Master Plumbers.
Finally, you need a website where great plumbers are concentrated. That website is JobQuotes.com, where you will find professionals of all kinds. Plumbers on JobQuotes will be listed by name, address, phone number, website, and special assets. Plus, you will find reviews from other customers, which will help you make the best choice.
JobQuotes.com – where good work begins!