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How To Find The Best Claremont Plumber

How to Find a Good Plumber in the Claremont area

So you have decided it is time to bring in a professional to repair your plumbing. I hope you haven't waited until the sink is leaking and the bathroom is flooding. Regardless, whether it is a remodel or a repair there are many things to consider when making this important decision.

Steps to finding a good plumber:

1.) Check to make sure that they have a contractors license.
2.) Get two or more references.
3.) Ask how long they have been in business.
4.) Get at least two other bids for the job to make sure they are not ripping you off.
5.) Find a plumber that will give you pricing for small jobs over the phone.
6.) Get flat rate estimates so you know the total you will pay beforehand.

The best place to start asking about plumbers is your family and friends. Other good sources of referrals include contractors, real estate agents and your local plumbing supply store. Your city may even be able to provide a list of recommended plumbers who are familiar with the codes in your area. When asking for referrals, be sure to ask about the type of job the plumber was called in to accomplish. Also, determine if the plumber specializes in residential or commercial work.

Some good questions to ask:

Were you happy with the quality provided by the plumbing contractor?

Everybody has their own ideas of quality, so if you can, take a first-hand look at the job. Running new pipes in the wall or under the house would be hard to check other than having a leak, but for fixture installations in kitchens or bathrooms, for example, you can have a look at the quality of their work.

Did the plumbing contractor protect surfaces and furniture while they worked?

This would include moving and protecting furniture, flooring and any other articles in the house that could be damaged by tools or water that may leak during the performance of the work. If a plumber was sloppy with one customer, chances are they will be sloppy with all of them. If you are left to clean up after your plumber, this will cost you more time, money and frustration.

Were they courteous and polite?

This is a very important consideration. The entire experience, from beginning to end, needs to be as stress free as possible. Plus if the plumber enjoys their job, the quality and attention to details will be better. The customers attitude can and will affect the entire job. Hopefully, this will be the first question you ask. If the answer to this question is '†'€,',€¬...€,¬',¬¦€¬...€no'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',¬€, then do not go any further, you don'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,t want to work with that person.

Is the warranty included?

If a warranty was included find out if it has a reasonable amount of time before expiring. This will vary depending upon the nature of the job. Simply stating a warranty isn't enough. Get it in writing and understand its limitations! A good plumber is happy to stand behind his warranty. Good plumbers use quality materials and know their level of expertise. If a plumber will not offer a warranty this is a problem in my mind.

How to Hire a Plumber

Think about the last time you purchased a car. Chances are you didn'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,t go to the yellow pages, choose a dealership at random, and buy your car from the first lot you visited. Many times, though, this scenario describes the way homeowners find a plumber -- they look in the phone book and call the plumber with the largest ad or the first one listed. But much like purchasing a car, finding a qualified plumber requires research and comparison shopping.

Ask Questions

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO THEY HAVE IN THE PARTICULAR KIND OF WORK YOU REQUIRE?

If it is a matter of routine maintenance and repair of plumbing that is one thing, but a more extensive job like a remodel or brazing copper pipes beneath the house is more specialized and you want to be sure they have plenty of experience with that kind of work.

DON'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,T MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE JOB OR THE PARTS TO BE USED.

Make sure you'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,ve had all your questions answered, and that the more important agreements '†'€,',€¬...€,¬',,¬,¬€¦,¬" like identifying the type of sink to be installed '†'€,',€¬...€,¬',,¬,¬€¦,¬" are spelled out in the contract. After the job is done it may be too late to make a change and if you do, it will likely cost you more money.

Ask For a Quote

Invite plumbers to look at the job and ask for a quote in writing. In the quote also ask them to specify the time it will take to complete the job. It sucks to try and live in a house that is disrupted by construction work. Make sure the contractors are quoting on the same specifications '†'€,',€¬...€,¬',,¬,¬€¦,¬" the same fixtures to be installed, etc.

Execute a Contract

Execute a contract specifying the work to be done, total cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated completion date. Make sure the contract includes the parts and labor to be used and clearly defines the scope of work. Make sure the contract specifies that the plumber is responsible for thorough cleanup of the work area(s).

3 Things to Look For in a Qualified Plumber

There are a number of qualifications that can set a professional plumber apart.

*Insurance -- Be sure that the prospective plumber you are considering is fully insured, having both workers'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€, compensation and liability insurance. Your selected plumber should be able to provide you with a copy of his or her insurance policy.

*Contractor'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,s License Number -- Be sure to find out what their contractor'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,s license number is in case you have any problems that cannot be resolved between you and the contractor. It can be used to follow-up with the state licensing board, if required.

* Better Business Bureau -- Contact your local Better Business Bureau to ascertain if any complaints have been filed against your potential candidate.

* Use Angie's List http://www.AngiesList.com to see what others have to say about this person. If a plumber has good reviews on Angie'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,s List then it is a good bet they will do good work for you too.

Safety Commitment

Accidents can happen with almost any home improvement project. So ask your prospective candidate what steps he or she will take to prevent injuries and property damage. Again if a plumber is good at his work he or she will be able to answer this question with ease.

Clean Up

Ask the plumber how he or she intends to leave the work area once the job is completed. You don'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,t want to be cleaning up after a plumber for hours after they'†'€,',€¬...€,¬',€¬...€,ve left your home. Also, ask about disruption during the project.

TIPS

* Small business plumbers will be much more affordable because their overhead is lower.

* If it's a big job, as


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