Hiring a Plumber – What you should know?

A plumber is someone who knows the internal workings of the water and piping system of your home. They are very much like electricians who have very good knowledge on a certain aspect of the house and how the water flows from the public pipes into your bathroom, kitchen and porch and how waste gets out of the property.

Hiring a plumber can be a daunting task especially during renovation as it would require some planning and costing. Getting a value-for-money one will be harder as the water works in the home is something you do once in a very long time. This is because you would not want any leakage once the renovation is over.

Cost of the plumbing work

Before engaging a plumber’s services, you need to work out the costing. Good ones are usually more expensive than inexperienced ones. The rule of thumb here is that you need a good plumber because pipes are hidden and if there is a problem later, it is very difficult to spot them. Hence, costing would be something that you need to consider. You should start with a budget which is high enough with some room to increase but not too low. Always shop around and compare their pricing before deciding.

Qualifications and Experience

– Get recommendations from your contractor or anyone who might have contacts. You do not need to agree to the first proposal. During the conversation with the plumber, you will be able to get the sense of whether he knows what he is talking about. If he needs to ‘get back to you’ on most aspects, forget this option. In most cases, qualified plumbers are those who have done these jobs for many years.

Room for expansion

You need to talk to the plumber about any future expansions. What if there is a leakage later? What should you do? Can you solve the problem yourself? A good plumber will be able to provide you with options on solving problems and not problems that need him to come around everything they occur. This means that the plumber should be able to ‘educate’ you about how to maintain the piping of your home once the work is done.

Ultimately, you need to find a plumber of whom you are comfortable with. Costing is one thing, trust is another. Water supply is one of the most important elements of the home and if there is a problem, it will end in distress, frustration and a lot of headaches. Choose wisely.

Author: sheila

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