wHere at the Plumbing Circle, we strive to help consumers get the most bang for their buck when it comes to plumbing issues. To that end, we’ve built a vast library of articles explaining plumbing theory and processes—both why’s and how’s, plumbing news, with some humor mixed in as well. Sometimes though, even seasoned do-it-yourself-ers, with all of the information that the World Wide Web has to offer, need to call in professionals.
What It Means to Be a Professional
While a professional plumber is the guy who is going to pull you out of a sticky situation (to put it mildly), he’s also a person who has put in a lot of time in the classroom—and in the books—to learn how to help your family stay safe and healthy. A good plumber will give you a good estimate, a fair price, and a very good overview of what the particular job entails. He’ll know and be able to tell you what kinds of things could go wrong, and how much extra it will cost to right those wrongs.
References and Credentials
First off, if a plumber or any other type of contractor comes to your door without being asked ahead of time, there is a good chance a scam is in order. Ask them to leave, then call the police and report the incident. Even if they are on the level, you only need to talk to contractors that you’ve asked to talk to.
When you do decide to call a plumber, ask people that you trust who they’ve hired and what their experiences were. Go online and check out the local Better Business Bureau, and your state’s consumer protection website, looking for reviews both good and bad. Use sites like Bing and Google to look up plumbers in your area, and after you’ve settled on a few names, put those names in the search engines to see if any complaints or citations have been lodged in their direction.
Make sure any plumbers that you call have licenses, certifications, and credentials, and that they allow you to see them.
The Plumbing Circle is also another very valuable resource. Our growing nationwide database of plumbers have been vetted to ensure that only the best plumbers are included.
Technology And Neatness Count
If a plumber that you call shows up in a ratty old truck and is already dirty before the work begins, a red flag should go up in your head.
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