Finding A Great Plumber: How To Start Your Search


By John Hansen

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Finding a good plumber who provides a good service at a reasonable price can be a challenge, especially when home emergencies call for fast action. Unlike other repair professions, it’s unusual for a plumber to give you an upfront estimate of the final price. Some charge a set amount per job type, others may charge by the hour, and most add additional fees for the parts they need. This makes it very important to find a trustworthy service professional when your home needs help.  So, are there any good companies to choose from?

In a highly populated area like New York, there are hundreds of skilled and highly qualified plumbers to choose from. Some work for large companies, others for small businesses, and some as independent professionals. The following tips can show you how to narrow down your search to one that will do a great job:

- Professional Certification

Once you have a list of people to choose from, the first factor to check for is accreditation. When they are fully certified it means that they have undergone a set term of training.  To obtain a  license in New York, you have to pass one of these three minimum requirements:

- Have at least 3 years of experience

- Hold a bachelor’s degree and have 5 years of experience

- Have 7 years of experience under a master plumber

These rigorous pass requirements help to ensure that the company you hire will have all the necessary knowledge for the job. As well as demonstrating a high skill level, gaining a license also shows that they have s a commitment to training and a willingness to abide by the state’s laws.

Unlicensed plumbers tend to offer cheaper rates, but there is no way to know how much experience they have, if any. If unsure, you can check with the New York Licensing Unit to confirm that a license is valid and also check a few different plumbers out and see what their rates are.

- Satisfied Past Customers

The internet is a powerful tool for savvy consumers.  Simply by running a quick check of a company’s name on a search engine, you can see pages full of relevant reviews and ratings from past customers, along with the company websites and its social media pages.  By browsing through, you can get an understanding of the level of customer service, workmanship, and prices to expect from the company that you are interested in.

- Warranty

All good companies should provide a warranty period on new services, such as newly fitted appliances in a bathroom or kitchen.  This ensures that if your home springs a leak a short time after work is finished, you do not have to pay extra for the problem to be fixed. However, on repair or maintenance jobs, when problems are likely to reoccur naturally overtime, warranties are not standard practice.

Leaving a  problem unattended or attempting to do the work yourself can often cause even more harm to your property and end up costing you more in the long run. Fortunately, with the right research, there are plenty of excellent companies to choose from.