How to Choose a Reputable Plumber

If things go wrong with your plumbing at home, you always have the option to DIY. But bear in mind that plumbing knowledge, skills and tools are crucial to the success of a plumbing project. Hiring a professional plumber is definitely the wiser option, but how exactly do you choose one?

Types of Plumbers

Apprentice
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Plumbers training with a contractor organization, whether union or non-union, are called apprentice plumbers. This training includes both classroom instruction and hands-on work for which they are paid. An apprentice usually works with the guidance of a journeyman or master plumber.
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Journeyman

A journeyman plumber has satisfied all the requirements as an apprentice and acquired a state license. A journeyman plumber is one who can do most types of plumbing projects but without operating his own plumbing business.

Master

The most qualified type of plumber is the master plumber. He is the most qualified plumber – one who has worked for many years as a journeyman, obtained an associate’s degree from a vocational school, and passed a series of written and practical exams. Most states oblige master plumbers to finish a certain number of hours of continuing education year after year. On top of being qualified for all kinds of plumbing work, master plumbers can as well operate their own plumbing business.

License

In most states, plumbers must be licensed in order to work. Their complaint record must also be clean, and you can check this one with your state government’s website, where you will find a number to call, or by calling fthe Better Business Bureau.

Insurance

You may have homeowner’s insurance offering you some protection, but your plumber also needs to have workman’s compensation and $500,000+ of liability insurance for the protection of both you and the plumber, just in case a worker is accidentally injured while doing their job at your home.

Experience

Research how long your prospective plumbing service has been in business, as well as how much experience the particular plumber assigned to you, has. IF they’ve been around for five years at least, you know they must be good or they wouldn’t even last a year in this highly competitive industry. You should also ask for customer references and actually call them. As they say, it’s best to hear it right from the horse’s mouth.

Warranty

Choose a plumber that provides at least a one-year guarantee for his work and any parts he will use. Otherwise, forget it and move on to your next propsect.

Rapport

Whether you like it or not, plumbing issues may be something you’ll have to deal with more than once in your life. So it’s smart to choose a plumber you’re comfortable and can get along with. In fact, the moment you feel you’ve found the right plumber for you, try to start a real relationship with them. The service won’t only get better, but you may just get more discounts too.