It’s no secret that taking the Do-It-Yourself route can save you money – the handier you are, the more you can save. Still, no matter how handy and well-equipped you might be, there are times when a certain task requires the skill and experience of a professional.
Take your water heater, for example. By law, only a licensed plumber can install or repair it. That’s because they’re highly complex systems that takes of training and experience to master. And then there’s the safety factor, especially if yours is a gas unit. And that’s just one of many examples of when and why you should leave the job to a licensed pro.
If you’re looking to hire a plumber now, here’s a guide on what to look for, and why:
Experience. Simply put, professional plumbers deal with plumbing issues every day. They bring years of experience and training to any situation a homeowner might throw at them. That enables them to look beyond the obvious, and get to the root of the problem before recommending how best to correct it.
In-person communication. The right plumber should be able to explain the problem in plain English and provide you with a range of equally understandable options. That way you can decide what’s best for your home and budget.
Written guarantees. We all want to take people at their word, but that approach doesn’t always bear fruit. Besides, it takes time to build trust and confidence – typically it’s not something given or earned on first contact. That’s why you should ask questions about what you can expect starting from the time a plumber enters your home. Do they provide written price estimates and guarantee you won’t pay anymore? Do they guarantee your satisfaction with their performance?
Timely service. Plumbing problems don’t always arise during normal business hours. Which begs the question: will your plumber be there to assist you even when the problem occurs at night or on weekends? Only you can decide how important that is to you, but it’s a question well worth asking.
Licensing and insurance – Unless a plumber or plumbing company carries the right kinds and amounts of insurance, you risk a significant financial loss each time they enter your home. As for carrying the right licenses, that’s your best assurance that they’re qualified to do the work you’ve hired them to complete.
Here at Pann Home Services, we’re a family run business now in the third generation of continuous operation. Yes, we can handle all your home plumbing and drain cleaning needs up to or beyond your expectations. We also offer a full complement of heating, cooling, remodelling, and handyman services, all for your added convenience. To learn more about our company and how we can assist you, contact us by phone or email today.