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Considerations When Choosing A Plumbing Company

Issues with our plumbing are always unexpected. In some cases, it may be an emergency plumbing issue; in other cases, it may be a minor issue such a clogged drain. Whatever the problem, you need to find a reputable plumbing company. If the plumbing issue is significant, you may need to get more than one estimate. Getting an estimate could cost you if you’re not aware. Some companies will charge for an estimate if they come to your home and they don’t get the job. At Big B’s Plumbing, all our estimates are free whether we get the job or not. We believe the customer should never have to pay for an estimate. Additionally, we prefer to give an accurate in-home estimate rather than one over the phone. 

Choose a Plumbing Company With A Good Reputation

Choosing a company with a good reputation is critical if you want to get the value and service you expect. We live in a time when technology is at our fingertips, so take the few extra minutes to complete a search for the right plumbing company. If your plumbing problem is significant; for example, trenchless sewer line repair, broken water heater, and a slab leak are all reasons to get more than one estimate. Consider the time when you’re getting an estimate as a time to interview of the plumbing company you’re considering for hire. Ask questions like, “Do you guarantee your work?”, “How long are the parts and labor guaranteed?”, and “When can we expect the job to start and finish?”

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Hire A Licensed Plumbing Contractor

Make sure you hire a licensed plumbing contractor. You cannot replace education and the experience of a state certified plumbing contractor. An approved plumber from the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) will empower the consumer to check on the status of any license. With a couple of clicks, you can know if your plumbing company’s license is current, along with other information on the bond, workers’ compensation history, and insurance information.  The CSLB, in a sense, holds a contractor accountable and to the highest standard. The CSLB goes to great lengths to protect the public and the contractor as well. 

Reviews Speak Volumes About A Company

When choosing a plumber, do the obvious and check their reviews. While reviews aren’t the tell-all for every plumbing company, they will speak volumes about the integrity of the company. Check how many reviews a company has. Read the excellent reviews as well as any bad ones. A company with lots of reviews are soliciting a consumer for comments on their work, which is a good thing. A company with a minimal amount of reviews are either a new company or don’t make an effort to ask a customer to comment on their work. 

When choosing a plumber, here are some tips:  

1. Ask for an in-home estimate.

2. Treat the estimate as an interview.

3. Hire a California State Plumbing Contractor.

4. Check Reviews.

5. Choose a company you’re comfortable with and that provides excellent value.

7 thoughts on “Considerations When Choosing A Plumbing Company”

  1. I like that you said to make sure to hire a licensed plumber since you can’t replace the value of education and experience. My husband and I are thinking about hiring a plumber soon because a bunch of the drains on our top floor keep getting clogged, and we can’t seem to fix them. Hiring one that was licensed would help give us the peace of mind that they knew what they were doing and would be able to fix it correctly.

  2. It’s great that you elaborated on considerations when choosing a plumbing company. Especially the part of checking the reviews of the company. The other day, my cousin mentioned that she’s been thinking about hiring a plumber. But wasn’t sure where to start. I believe the information on how bad or good reviews speak for a company’s integrity can be very useful for her, so I’ll definitely share it.

  3. I like that you said that I should read past clients’ reviews on a plumbing company before hiring them to ensure they provide quality work. We need to hire a plumber for our home because one of our pipes had burst. I’ll take note of your tips and consider them when looking for a plumbing company nearby. Thanks!

  4. I love how you stated that reviews are great for understanding the integrity of a company better before you hire them. My roommate and I need to hire a plumber for our bathroom because a pipe broke last night. We will be sure to check reviews online to make sure that a company is reliable and good at their job before we select one.

  5. I like your suggestion to use technology to search for a plumbing company with a good reputation. My brother mentioned he wants to have the drain line of his townhome inspected since he suspects it might be clogged. Using your advice should make it easier for him to find a plumber he feels confident about hiring!

  6. I like that you suggested getting the time to interview a plumber to ask if they guarantee their work. As you said, reputation is critical to get the service that you expect. We need to hire a plumber so we can install new water lines in our garden. We want to make it easier for us to water our plants and to use our inflatable pool when the kids want to play on the water. I will consider all your tips since I want to have peace of mind that the job is going to be done right the first time.

  7. I like your suggestion to ask how long the guarantee is for the parts and labor. I’ll be moving to an older home soon and want to find an emergency plumber beforehand for peace of mind in case anything goes wrong. Using these questions should make it easier to find a nearby plumber I’ll enjoy working with!

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