Individuals should get three estimates from local plumbers, ask for recommendations from people who have used plumbers in the area, and ensure the plumbers are insured and licensed when seeking a reliable plumbing company. Homeowners should also ask plumbers for a list of references and contact people who have used their services to determine if the work was completed on schedule, if the price was fair, and if the quality lasted after services were completed.
Individuals seeking plumbing services should ask for a written estimate or contract that outlines a guaranteed price and the scope of work for a project. Some plumbers charge a flat fee whereas others charge an hourly labor fee. An estimate or contract should detail the amount of hours expected for the job. Reliable plumbers should also provide an overview of their experience and issue a warranty on parts or labor to offer the homeowner security on repairs completed.
Reliable and credible plumbers are prepared to present credentials from the Board of State Examiners prior to completing work. Homeowners should check the expiration date of insurance and licenses to determine how long the plumber has been practicing. Verification of insurance protects the homeowner from liability if plumbers are injured while completing work on site.