Hiring anyone to do work around your house can be a very challenging task. First off, if you’re just like any average reasonable person, then you probably are worried about your budget. Secondly, you want to make sure that you’re actually hiring someone who knows what he or she is doing. So if you’re plumbing system is in need of fixing, here are some questions you should ask before deciding to hire a professional:
How long have you been a plumber? While some individuals who are straight out of trade school can actually do a decent job, it’s pretty common knowledge that those who have been in the profession for a longer period of time have seen almost everything there is to see with regards to plumbing problems. If you think you have a very intricate problem on your hands, then go for someone with more experience.
Are you a member of any professional organizations? The benefit of hiring someone who is part of a professional organization is that such individual has access to continuing education which can help to hone one’s knowledge about the field of plumbing as well as keep that person abreast with the latest in the field.
Are you a licensed plumber and are you registered with the state? A licensed individual obviously had to go through a lot of hoops in order to be certified and that includes passing a standardized exam to determine the competency of an individual. At the same time, a person with a license would be more careful and thorough with the plumbing projects he or she handles for fear of that licensed being revoked.
Do you have any references? It’s natural for people to say whatever they need to say in order to get clients. This means that you need to take ads and promises made by plumbers with a grain of salt. Make it a point to ask for contact information of people who your prospective plumber has worked with and ask them whether they were happy with the project, and, generally, whether they would hire the same plumber again.
Do you give out written warranties? In order for you to avoid having to contact another plumber to re-do the entire job or having to pay for a back-job, ask your prospective plumber if he or she gives out written warranties to ensure that you can have a job re-done if you’re not satisfied with it or if anything goes wrong.
The writer , Jeannie Conner, has been in plumbing industry for over 10 years. She gives insights for all your plumbing repair needs. Visit Filan & Conner Plumbing to learn more.