When you are sick, you see the best doctor in town for the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment. From another point of view, this is practically the same as when hiring a plumber to do your plumbing plan, repairs or maintenance. Because your water system at home is one of the fundamental aspects of your living, you cannot simply pick anybody out there who feels like doing the job. Each detail from the input of water to your home up to its exit in the drainage system should be well scrutinized.
In general, plumbers out there can be subdivided into two: one who can do the basic maintenance plumbing duties and the other one who is capable of handling more complicated and general works. Let’s discuss these two types.
Basic repair and maintenance plumbing works such as simple installations, cleaning the gutter and unclogging sinks can be done by all plumbers. Anybody with gusto can openly offer this service as the government does not provide legal standards for such practices. The usual set-up is they get knowledge and apprenticeship with the licensed plumbers. Though they are not licensed, they are still referred to as plumbers as they are doing plumbing jobs. Plumbers who only offer basic works are of course generally cheaper – that is if you trust and employ them.
But when it comes to specialized works such as making a plumbing plan, installation of main pipelines, major repairs and installations of water heater, then you need to have the best plumber in your area! One good tip is work only for a real plumbing company and not for a one-man plumbing business. A reputable company always employs licensed plumbers and provides trainings for the professional growth of the employees.
So how can one find the best plumber in the area? Basically there are two starting points that will eventually lead you the right local plumber.
1. Referral and Testimonial. If you are still about to have your dream house built and this is your first time to hire someone for a plumbing plan, then getting referrals is the best option. In addition to families and friends, one great source of referrals is real estate professionals as they are always in contact with plumbers for plumbing plans and repairs.
2. Google. I’m a fan of Google but any search engine would do! Do some research on the internet for local plumbing service providers. Take extra note on the testimonial and customer satisfaction. If the site provides contact information of past clients, then making some calls would greatly help.
By the time that you have made your pick, make sure to check ID and Certification. Remember, these individuals will be doing their works inside your home. The security of your family is also an issue here. If they can’t present any papers of identification, then don’t take them in! When it comes to your family’s safety, there’s no room for experiments.