Reference for Hiring a Qualified Plumber
When you have a plumbing emergency at your home, you need to quickly find a qualified, professional plumber to fix the problem. Here are several ways to find a plumber:
Check with your family or friends for a referral.
If you have used another contractor in your home, ask the contractor for a referral.
If you search for a plumber in your city on one of the popular search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, you will find the search engines “Local Listing” of plumbers geographically near you, links to their website, and customer reviews of their work.
After you find a plumber in your area, what do you look for before you hire them? Here is a checklist of items you need to ask a livonia plumbing service… BEFORE you hire them.
Are you licensed by the state of Michigan to do plumbing?
Always check that you are working with a licensed plumber, ask to see his state license!
There are a lot of skills you need to succeed as a livonia plumbing service. As a result, there are many steps an apprentice plumber needs to take to become a Journeyman Plumber. You must have 3-5 years of primary plumbing experience, references, and pass an exam to get a Journeyman or Master Plumbing license. For a Master Plumbers license part of your experience must include industrial plumbing. In addition, they should have additional certifications to test and certify backflow devices or work on septic systems.
How many years have you been in business?
This gives you a gauge as to how viable and stable the business is and if they will be around to warrant the work they do on your home.
Are Service Technicians background checked?
Further, professional Service Technicians working in your home should be uniformed and have name tags.
What are your skills and experience in plumbing?
Plumbing demands specific technical skills and knowledge.
Does your plumber have insurance?
A plumbing company performing service in your home should have General Liability Insurance and a current Workman’s Compensation insurance certificate.
General liability insurance covers damage that might occur to your home directly caused by the plumber. If the plumber does not have his own general liability policy, any damages would be covered by your homeowners insurance.
Workman’s compensation insurance covers an injury to the while he is working in your home.
Do you offer plumbers in livonia Emergency Service after hours?
A plumbing company that advertises that they have “24/7” plumbing service should have a customer service person ready to take your call after hours. Further, the livonia plumbers should have on-call or after hours plumbers available to repair your plumbing emergency.
Does the plumber install quality, recognizable, brand name fixtures and materials that offer manufacturer’ warranties to the consumer?
Will my work as a livonia mi plumber require a permit from the city or county where I live?
Typically, you must be a licensed Master to secure a livonia plumbing permit. The city or county will inspect the plumbing at various times during the installation to insure that the project is done to the local and state plumbing codes.
What are your 24 hour plumber livonia rates?
Service livonia plumbing charge for their work one of two ways, Time & Materials Pricing or Flat Rate Pricing. Let me explain the difference, this is very important.
With the Time & Materials method; the plumber charges a small “Service Fee” to mobilize to the job, an hourly rate while he is on the job, and whatever materials were used to repair the plumbing.
A livonia plumbing using Flat Rate Pricing will charge a “Diagnostic Fee” to determine your plumbing problem and then will give you a flat rate quote to fix the problem. You know up front what it will cost for your repair. If you do not want to proceed with the repair, you are only obligated for the Diagnostic Fee.
With Flat Rate pricing it is difficult to know how much the plumber is charging you per hour.
What is the most time it would take for a slow plumber to fix the problem?
In addition, with Flat Rate pricing most Service Technicians are paid commission on the price of the ticket.
Do you warrant your work?
A professional plumbing company is concerned with the safety and quality of their work.
Can you provide me with referrals from clients you have done work for?
Also, ask them if they are a member of any state or national plumbing associations, local chamber of commerce, or have received any awards or recognition in the community.