EXPERT PLUMBER SERVICES: MORE THAN JUST PLUGGING LEAKS
There is more to what a professional Washington DC plumber does than just plugging leaks. Every responsible homeowner should know that a house’s plumbing system is composed of interrelated and interconnected components that all have to be properly installed, run efficiently, and be maintained regularly. Unless the homeowner is himself a plumbing expert, all of these tasks are best left in the hands of professional plumbers with relevant training and experience and equipped with the necessary tools of the trade.
Fortunately, for most homeowners, there are a lot of these plumbing contractors around today. They are listed in online and local directories offering services in plumbing installation, leak diagnosis and repairs, sump pump and sewage ejector services, toilet and sewer repairs, water heater installation and maintenance, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling services among others.
The quality of plumbing services you get, for obvious reasons, should not be compromised in any way – would you rather save money on professional fees and suffer from a nasty mold infestation in your basement because of a haphazardly cleaned up ground water leak? Although there are simple jobs that you do not have to pay a professional for, the more complicated plumbing jobs like re-piping and fixture installations should be relegated to the more capable hands of plumbing experts. You need to make sure that the Washington, D.C. plumber you hire has the right professional credentials and a considerable amount of experience in jobs more complicated than fixing a leaky faucet or unclogging a sink drain.
When looking for a plumbing contractor, pay attention to:
- Credentials – All plumbing contractors are required by law to be licensed. They should be able to provide their license number for verification with the appropriate state or federal regulatory office. Also, you should ask for information on relevant education, training, and experience the contractor might have to show his level of knowledge, competence, and expertise in his trade. You can also include a background check with the Better Business Bureau in your screening procedure to see whether there are complaints filed against the contractor you have chosen by previous customers.
- Pricing – Most contractors should be able to provide you with a quote you can review prior to signing a service agreement. It is recommended you get quotes from at least three contractors so you can compare them and negotiate for the appropriate adjustments in the quote from the contractor you are leaning towards hiring. Keep in mind these quotes are often subject to adjustments depending on actual conditions and material costs as the job is on-going. This notwithstanding, the need to stick as close to your budget as possible should be clearly stated and made understandable in all discussions with the plumbing contractor.
- Scope of Work and Warranties – For your peace of mind, you should ask your plumbing contractor to draw up a service agreement detailing all of the specifications of the job at hand. A warranty that provides for no-charge servicing on necessary repairs and replacement of parts involved in the job should be included in this service agreement. Any plumber who refuses to take accountability for the quality of his work by not agreeing to come back for unexpected repairs is not worthy of being considered for the project at all.