Ten Questions to Ask a Plumber

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The best time to find a plumber is BEFORE we actually NEED one, but let’s face it, our home plumbing is an out-of-sight, out-of-mind type thing.  We won’t fix it until it’s broken, yet this often leaves us in an all-too-sticky situation.
We need a plumber now, and we need them to fix it fast!  “Just get here,” no questions asked.  The problem  is the difference between what can be a simple $65 to $100 job and what could end up being a $5,000 to $10,000 clean up.

Save yourself from the headaches, heartaches and pocketbook aches of having the wrong person do the job.  Before you hire a plumber, ask them these ten simple questions and you’ll be set!

Ask the right questions to find a good plumber1.       Are you licensed and qualified to work in [your state name here]?

All plumbers are required by law to be licensed in their state of work.  You can check a plumbers license by going online (in most states) to your State Contractor License Board website and searching by the company’s name or license number.

2.       Are you insured and do you carry Workman’s Comp?

A plumber should carry adequate liability insurance to cover any job site damages as well as Workman’s Compensation to cover any job related injuries or health risks.  This information can also be found on most State Contractors License Board websites. If not, you can always request a certificate of liability and Workman’s Comp.

3.       Are you bonded?

Bonds are recommended for any work done over $500.  It is set in place to protect you if the terms of the contract are not met by your plumber.  You want to make sure that their bond will cover the entire cost of completing (or re-doing) any of the specified work.  You can also find this information on most State Contractors License Board websites as well.

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Laurie Castillo

Laurie is a writer for Daniel Cordova Plumbing, a full service plumbing company located near Los Angeles, California. Although a standard service company, they go above and beyond the call of duty and do their best to help keep their customers informed when it comes to their home plumbing. You can check them out online by clicking here to the Daniel Cordova Plumbing website, or check out more of their money saving tips and informational articles on their Plumbing Tips and Information Blog.