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4 Steps for Finding the Right Plumber

Are you in desperate need of a plumber? Do you want to hire the right person for the job, but you’re worried that you could get scammed? If so, you need to follow the right steps to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Here are four steps to follow when searching for a plumber:

When and Why to Hire a Home Professional: The Ultimate Guide to the DIY or Not to DIY Conundrum

There are many options available to people who are about to undergo a home improvement project. You can hire a general contractor, an architect, or a designer; you could get a handyman or just do it yourself. But which choice best suits each homeowner’s specific needs and interests? During our 7th Blog-Off, we asked our panel of over 50 home improvement experts to weigh in… The Expert Opinion: Things to Consider Before Deciding to Hire a Professional The biggest step towards deciding how you want your home improvement project to proceed is understanding the factors that are involved. Bill Riggs …

The Pitfalls of Working Without a Contract: A True Personal Story

Considering working with a friendly contractor sans a contract? Think again. Contracts are extremely important in all working relationships, whether you are working with a friend or a new professional. They protect both parties from potential conflict, and ensure that the project is completed successfully and everyone is happy. Still need convincing? Hear a personal account of our partner Thumb and Hammer’s experience working without a contract. Several years ago, I discovered some structural damage to an exterior wall. I hired a contractor that was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I was satisfied with his work. …

Plumbing Rates vs Quality Work

For most people, if they have heard the name of a plumber many times over the years, they feel that the company must have an established reputation. Unfortunately, this is often untrue. In the plumbing field, in particular, several of the most highly promoted companies have the worst track records. A problem with the hourly rate is that it is difficult to compare rates because of the many ways plumbers count the hours. Travel time is a factor that should be considered. Plumbers spend a good part of their day driving from job to job. They must be compensated for …

Group All Plumbing Repairs For One Visit

Grouping all of your plumbing problems for one visit is one of the easiest ways to save money and time. Before you call a plumber, go through your home and check every faucet and fixture. Make a list of everything that drips, runs, clogs etc. Then, when the plumber comes he can handle all the problems during one visit. By grouping all the plumbing repairs, you’ll avoid additional trip charges, set-up time and the hassle of scheduling multiple visits. Anything you can do to save the plumber time will also save you money. Be organized. This means having a written …

Have The Plumber Estimate The Costs

A written estimate from your plumber will give you peace of mind and make sure you and the plumber are on the same page. Make sure the estimate details the cost of the plumbing project and a time line. Many estimates also include what parts are needed and their cost. Along with a written estimate, if your project isn’t an emergency, be sure to request current references and take the time to check the references so you can rest assured that the plumber has a good work record. Satisfied customers are usually happy to recommend a company or individual who …

Make Sure The Plumber Is Prepared

Choosing the right plumber will increase your chances of being 100% satisfied. Whenever possible, ask for and check references before hiring a plumber. Getting a good recommendation, assures that you will, most likely, be hiring a professional, experienced and well prepared plumber. Most home plumbing jobs or repairs can be fixed in one trip if the plumber is prepared. Experienced, professional plumbers have fully stocked trucks so it’s less likely that smaller jobs will go unfinished for want of a part. Occasionally, a job will require a trip to the shop. And, sometimes, the plumber will need to order a …

Don’t Pay The Plumber Until The Job Is Complete

It’s reasonable for a plumber to require a deposit in advance for large jobs, or in pre-arranged payments as the job progresses. But, always reserve a percentage of the total cost until the work is completed as promised. It’s important to know, at the end of the job, that everything was done. To make sure you’ve received what was promised, ask the plumber to give you a detailed estimate before the project begins, detailing the work to be done, parts needed, a time line and projected completion date. At the end of the finished project, before you make the final …

Basement Waterproofing

If you have wet basement, the problem should be correctly as soon as possible. Basement waterproofing is not so much a science as it is a technique. But, the proper equipment and supplies are needed to ensure that the job is done correctly and the leakage is permanently stopped. This is one job you shouldn’t attempt yourself. There are many solutions for a wet basement: a sump pump installation, proper downspouts outside the house, drainage tiles in the basement floor, and waterproofing the walls with a special formula. Professionals are trained in all areas of basement waterproofing. If a sump …

Choose A Licensed And Insured Plumber

By following our tips, you can improve your chances of finding a professional plumber who will do your job right. Always make sure that the plumber you call is licensed and insured. This is critical, especially in a plumbing emergency and is your assurance that the plumber has met state training requirements. Insurance coverage gives you the peace of mind that the plumber will cover any accidental damage or injuries they may cause. Before your project is started, always ask to see a copy of the plumber’s license and their insurance to make sure everything is up to date. Need …