Maybe you’ve just moved to a new area, or perhaps you’ve had it with unprofessional plumbers who can’t get the job done. How do you find a reliable plumbing contractor who knows what they’re doing?
Word of Mouth
The easiest way to find a decent plumber is to simply ask around. Colleagues, friends, and family are usually the first people we turn to when we need a recommendation. For small jobs around the home, this is absolutely fine. But sometimes you need to dig a bit deeper, even if you’re interested in the recommended plumber.
If you want a really solid recommendation, speak to someone in a related industry. Contractors and builders, for example, will have a better idea of a plumber’s skill and professionalism than your friend or uncle.
Do Your Research
Nowadays, we can all get online and search for reviews and ratings of local businesses. This is a good place to start: you’ll get an idea of what other customers think about their services and fees.
However, take online reviews with a pinch of salt. Have you ever found a highly-rated restaurant online, only to find them mediocre when you ate there yourself? The same applies to other services.
You can contact the Better Business Bureau for a more in-depth review of a plumber’s business practices.
Check Their Qualifications
Plumbing is difficult work. When hiring a plumber, you want someone who is qualified and up-to-date on their licenses. Licensing regulations differ in each state but, typically, your plumber needs to renew their license every 2 years.
You can ask to see your local plumber’s license, or contact the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board for more information.
As a layperson, you might assume that one licensed plumber is as good as the next. But there are actually different types of plumbers. So it’s also useful to know if your plumber holds a specialization in a particular area, or multiple specializations. For example, a residential plumber may not be able to tackle big commercial or industrial projects. Similarly, a plumber who installs plumbing that requires major reconstruction might need extra or specific qualifications.
Make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job by knowing what they’re qualified to do. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation can provide you with a list of the different types of plumbers and licenses if you want to know more.
Experience is Key
An established plumber will be accustomed to the specific weather and land conditions in an area, and how they affect the plumbing work in a building. In Florida, for example, humidity and flooding are factors that must be considered when tackling certain plumbing projects.
Also pay attention to how long your plumber has been in business in an area. If their business has been around for a while, that’s a good sign that they’re doing good work and have a steady clientele.
At Art Plumbing, AC and Electric, we’ve been operating our business in South Florida since 1983, Call us for more information, or to ask about our qualifications. We’re always happy to assist and put our clients at ease!