Hiring a plumber can be confusing, especially if you’ve never worked
with a plumber before. As with all service professionals, it is important
to conduct a thorough interview with a plumber prior to securing services.
During an interview, there are a few key questions that every customer
must ask. Here are seven key questions to keep in mind:
Are You Licensed?
Choosing a licensed plumber is extremely important. Licensed plumbers must
adhere to and maintain strict industry standards to keep their licenses
in good standing. If you choose to work with an unlicensed plumber, any
damages or loss that may occur while work is being performed can leave
you vulnerable. If a plumber is licensed, look up their license number
with the issuing agency to ensure it is in good standing.
What's Your Level of Experience?
One of the first questions to ask a plumber is their level of experience.
How many years have they been in business? Can they provide customer testimonials
or references? Before choosing a plumber, evaluate their level of experience
and reputation for providing quality services. Often, former customers
or online reviews can provide an indication of quality.
Do You Have Specialties?
Some plumbers only provide residential services, while others specialize
in providing plumbing services to businesses and commercial properties.
When interviewing a prospective plumber, ask about their specialties or
areas of expertise. If you're a homeowner and plan to remodel in the
future, ask if the plumber will be able to provide services during the
Can You Help Me Save Money?
Reputable plumbers can often provide money-saving products and services
for their customers. Ask a plumber if they provide plumbing solutions
that will help reduce energy costs and increase the value of your property.
Choosing a plumber who provides these options is beneficial for homeowners
and business owners alike.
Do You Recycle?
Many plumbing services result in the need to dispose of waste materials.
To reduce your environmental footprint, ask a plumber if they recycle
waste materials. Eco-friendly plumbers proudly recycle waste materials
so customers can rest easy knowing that plumbing waste is not harming
Do You Offer Free Estimates?
Plumbers are not required to offer free estimates, but many qualified plumbers
in Columbus do. In addition to asking whether a plumber offers free estimates,
be specific about what the estimate entails. Some plumbers may briefly
discuss your concerns over the phone and consider this your "free
estimate." Instead, it is wise to choose a plumber that conducts
an on-site estimate and provides detailed solutions.
Do You Offer a Warranty?
Just like free estimates, plumbers are not required to offer a warranty
on parts or services. Plumbers that do not offer service warranties leave
you vulnerable to needing more repairs in the future. When interviewing
a plumber, ask specifically about warranties offered on parts and labor.
A solid warranty provides peace of mind if additional services are needed.
Asking these questions will help you to be more informed about your options
and ensure you’re able to make the best decision possible.
If you're in need of quality plumbing services,
contact The Eco Plumbers today.