How to Choose a Reputable Plumber

If something goes wrong with your plumbing at home, you can always DIY. But bear in mind that plumbing knowledge, skills and tools are crucial to the success of a plumbing project. Using the services of a professional plumber is surely the better option, but how should you pick one exactly?

Types of Plumbers

Apprentice
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An apprentice plumber is one who trains with a union or non-union contractor organization. This training has two components: classroom instruction and paid hands-on work. An apprentice usually works with the guidance of a journeyman or master plumber.
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Journeyman

A journeyman plumber has complied with all the apprenticeship requirements and received a state license. A journeyman plumber is capable of doing most kinds of plumbing jobs but doesn’t have his own plumbing business.

Master

A master plumber is the most qualified among all other types of plumbers. He is the most qualified plumber – one who has worked for many years as a journeyman, obtained an associate’s degree from a vocational school, and passed a series of written and practical exams. Master plumbers in most states must complete a specific number of hours of ongoing education every year. Aside from being qualified to do all kinds of plumbing jobs, master plumbers are also allowed by law to run their own plumbing business.

License

A license is required of plumbers in most states. Their complaint record must also be clean, and you can check this one with your state government’s website, where you will find a number to call, or by calling fthe Better Business Bureau.

Insurance

You may have homeowner’s insurance offering you some protection, but your plumber also needs to have workman’s compensation and $500,000+ of liability insurance for the protection of both you and the plumber, just in case a worker is accidentally injured while doing their job at your home.

Experience

Research how long your prospective plumbing service has been in business, as well as how much experience the particular plumber assigned to you, has. Hire a plumber who’s been around for no less than five years – if they survived that long in this competitive industry, they must be good. You should also ask for customer references and actually call them. You want to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say.

Warranty

Pick a plumber that can provide at least a one-year warranty on workmaship and parts used. Otherwise, don’t bother with them and just move on to the next plumber on your list.

Rapport

Like it or not, you will probably encounter more than one plumbing issue in your life. So it’s important to choose a plumber with whom you can get along beyond the technical level. In fact, the moment you feel you’ve found the right plumber for you, try to start a real relationship with them. You won’t only get extra special service, but extra special discounts too.