Plumbing in homes consist of a complex system of pipes and fixtures that work together to provide clean water for a variety of uses. Plumbing systems are regulated by building codes and plumbers are regulated to ensure proper workmanship. It is never a good idea to do any plumbing work yourself. Hire a plumber, but not just any plumber, a good plumber. When hiring a plumber it is your job to find the right one and oversee the quality of workmanship.
Types of Plumbers
In general, you will find two main types of plumbers. Some plumbers specialize in the installation of plumbing systems for a home-building or remodeling project, while other plumbers focus on the repairing of existing plumbing systems.
The competency of a plumber is designated by one of three credentials:
The Apprentice Plumber is a plumber in training which consist of both classroom instruction and hands-on work.
The Journeyman plumber has fulfilled the requirements of apprenticeship and can do most kinds of plumbing work, but usually do not operate their own business.
A master plumber is the most qualified and must have worked several years as a journeyman. They are qualified to run their own business in addition to handling all types of plumbing jobs.
Finding a Plumber
Personal Referrals – Nothing beats personal referrals when looking for a reliable plumber. If you know of someone who has had plumbing work done recently, and was happy with the quality of work, ask them for the plumber’s contact details. You can also ask for recommendations from real estate agents or remodeling contractors.
Online Referral Services – Online referrals have become a popular way to find a service professional in your area that is endorsed by the community or vetted in-house.
Print Ads – Although useful as a resource, print ads are not always a reliable measure of good plumbers.
Choosing the Right Plumber
Insurance – Ask if the plumber has insurance so that in the event of possible incidents the plumber will be liable and the consumer protected.
Company References – Check if the company has references. You can also check their website for additional information and information about current work that they are busy with.
Experience – Find how long the plumber’s business has been in operation, and how many years of experience the plumber doing the work has.
Warranty – Work with a plumber that will guarantee the work and the parts for at least a year.
Social Skills – It helps to work with a plumber that communicates clearly, is trustworthy, and has good work habits.