There is more to what a professional plumber does than plugging leaks. Every responsible homeowner would know that a house’s plumbing system is composed of interrelated and interconnected components that all have to be properly installed, running efficiently, and maintained regularly. Unless the homeowner is himself a plumbing expert, all these tasks are best left in the hands of professional plumbers with relevant training and experience, and equipped with the necessary tools of the trade. Fortunately for most homeowners, there are a lot of these plumbing contractors around today listed in online directories and in local directories as well, offering services in plumbing installations, leak diagnosis and repairs, sump pump and sewage ejector services, toilet and sewer repairs, water heater installation and maintenance, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling services among others.
The quality of plumbing services you get, for obvious reasons, should not be compromised in any way – would you rather save money on professional fees and suffer from a nasty mold infestation in your basement because of a haphazardly cleaned up ground water leak? Although there are simple jobs that you do not have to pay a professional for, the more complicated Houston plumbing jobs like re-piping and fixture installations should be relegated to the more capable hands of plumbing experts. You need to make sure that the Houston plumber you hire to do your plumbing services have the right professional credentials and a considerable amount of experience in jobs that are more complicated than fixing a leaky faucet or unclogging a sink drain.
When looking for a plumbing contractor, pay attention to:
- Credentials – All plumbing contractors have to be licensed and should be able to provide their license number for verification with the appropriate state or federal regulatory office. Ask also for information on relevant education, training, and experience the contractor might have to show his level of knowledge, competence, and expertise in his trade. You can also include a background check with the Better Business Bureau in your screening procedure to see whether there are complaints filed against the contractor by previous customers.
- Pricing – Most contractors would be able to provide you with a quote that you can review prior to signing a service agreement. It is recommended that you get quotes from at least three contractors so you can compare them and negotiate for the appropriate adjustments in the quote of the contractor you are leaning towards hiring. Keep in mind that these quotes are often subject to adjustments depending on actual conditions and material costs as the job is on-going. This notwithstanding, the need to stick as close to your budget as possible should be clearly stated and made understandable in all discussions with the plumbing contractor.
- Scope of Work and Warranties – For your peace of mind, you should ask your plumbing contractor to draw up a service agreement detailing all the specifications of the job at hand. A warranty that provides for no-charge servicing on necessary repairs and replacement of parts involved in the job should be included in this service agreement. A Houston plumber who refuses to take accountability for the quality of his work by agreeing to come back for unexpected repairs is not worthy of being considered for the project at all.