It is very easy to neglect locating a suitable plumber until you need their services. However, this is almost certain to cause issues as you may need to use a firm which does not provide the best service but is available at short notice. If you pre-empt any emergency and locate a plumber who can deal with regular services and emergencies then you will already have built a relationship and rapport which will ensure you are taken care of should you need a plumber in a hurry.
The answer as to when to employ a plumber is simply now! The sooner you start your relationship with a qualified plumber the easier it will be to get assistance in an emergency. However, it is not always simple to find the right plumber; one look at the phone book or a search of the internet will bring up a wide array of potential plumbers. To ensure you find one which will provide a good service for the right price it is important to use the following tips:
The most important part of any service is the reputation they have built up. Despite huge advances in technology, the best way of telling a high quality service provider is by asking your family and friends what experience they have had with specific plumbers. Of course, there are plenty of reviews online which can help you to make a decision. There will always be some negative ones and these should be read with caution; a few negative comments out of thousands are not a concern; but a majority of negative comments does suggest an issue.
Once you have established a plumber or plumbing firm has a good reputation you must look at the costs and estimates regarding a variety of simple repairs. Ideally you should compare the costs between at least three different firms to ensure your preferred firm has the right pricing level. They do not need to be the cheapest, but they do need to be competitive.
The best plumbers will have a heavy caseload and may struggle to find the time to fit in any standard work. However, they will always be able to slot emergency repairs into their schedules. As part of your review process you should confirm what hours they are open, how easily they can be contacted in an emergency and what level of charges apply to any visit. If you are convinced that the firm you have chosen is the best one for your needs then the cost of this may not be a critical factor to your choice of plumber. However, it is worth knowing the cost to ensure you can budget for it.
A plumber should be fully registered and insured; this will ensure you are well protected when they are working on your property. They should also have proper insurance which can be shown to you on request and a guarantee scheme to provide you peace of mind regarding the work they have completed.