One of the main systems in your home is the plumbing. Proper plumbing design is a science; its one we think very little about until there’s a problem in the system. Your plumbing system brings water in and flushes waste out. It must be properly regulated to provide adequate water pressure throughout. It must work properly to keep toxins out of your family’s way.
In short, there’s a lot of nuances to keep the system functioning properly all year through.
How do you find the right plumbing contractor to help you through both the small repairs and the emergency situations? How do you take the stress out of finding a reputable plumbing company you can trust?
What to look for in a plumbing contractor:
Ask to see a plumber’s state license. In order to work as a plumber in Colorado, all plumbers – including sub-contractors all the way up to master plumbers – must be licensed in the state.
Check for proof of insurance. For your own protection, make sure the plumbing contractor you hire has general liability and workman’s compensation insurance.
Make sure the follow building codes and receive proper permits. Depending on the job and your location, proper procedures must be followed.
Are they stable business owners? Even a simple search online can point you in the right direction. Find out if they have a web presence. Are they listed on review sites like Yelp. What is the general population saying about the plumbing contractor you are considering?
What you should know about rates:
Yes, not all plumbing contractors will charge in the same manner, which makes it that much more difficult for you to compare and make sure you are getting a fair deal. Some will charge a flat rate, while others will price things out and show you time and materials. The key is in asking what the price quoted includes, and where additional charges may come into play.
Some plumbing companies may offer low hourly rates, but charge extra for additional items as needed, such as equipment fees or trip costs. Others may charge higher prices, but it may be on an all-inclusive basis where the entire job is quoted up front. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples when selecting your final bid.
Also remember that a plumbing contractor can help you in many ways … beyond the emergency plumbing repair. You know that leaky faucet that’s been driving you crazy for months? Or the new faucet you wanted installed in the kitchen, but is still lying in a box in the cabinet? Plumbers can help you with all that and more. Just keep in mind that if you have older fixtures to install, they have to meet current guidelines for a plumber to install it. If you have any questions, he would be happy to answer them as you are contemplating the job.