If you’ve ever experienced a problem with your plumbing, you know that what seems like a small problem can turn into a major catastrophe if it’s not fixed fairly quickly. For example, a toilet that won’t stop running can begin to overflow and require the assistance of plumbers in Modesto, CA.
However, it’s not a good idea to hire the first plumber you see in the Yellow Pages or find on a site like Angie’s List. There are several questions you should ask to make sure you’re hiring a reputable company.
Are you licensed?
You should ask this as soon as possible. The last thing you want is an unlicensed plumber who may not know what he or she is doing with your pipes. To be licensed, the plumber has to be registered with a governing body on the local and/or state level. The license holds the plumber’s work to some accountability. If a licensed plumber does a shoddy job, you can file a complaint with the governing body. If an unlicensed plumber does a poor job, however, you don’t have as much recourse, as the plumber is simply not held to the same high standards.
What does the estimate include?
Many plumbers will come take a look at your plumbing situation and give you a free estimate. However, sometimes the plumber’s estimate will only include the cost of basic labor. The final price can go up significantly if the plumber only quoted you for his labor, and not for the cost of materials. Keep in mind that an estimate is only an estimate, but it’s good to know what all is included in the price you’ve been given.
When will you want payment?
If a plumber wants the full amount paid up front, just say “no thanks.” However, it’s not unusual for plumbers in Modesto, CA to ask for a certain percentage of the total payment before they get to work. Sometimes plumbers will ask to be paid as they complete certain tasks. This might sound unusual, but it’s actually a fairly normal approach.
Do you clean up your mess?
The answer to this question should always be “yes.” However, unless you pay extra for the work, some plumbing companies just leave all of their used junk behind once they complete the job. Always be sure that the estimate the plumber gives you will include any potential cleanup tasks. You’d be surprised how messy some plumbers can be if they don’t have to worry about cleaning up after themselves!
What happens if something breaks?
Most plumbers will give you some kind of warranty if their work fails prior to a set time in the future. It’s pretty standard for a plumber’s work to be guaranteed for one year, or else they’ll fix it again for free.
We know your mind is racing when you’re trying to find a plumber to hire quickly. But please don’t hire just any plumbers in Modesto, CA without asking these five questions. Feel free to ask the plumbers at Alvarado Pumping Septic Service these and any other questions that occur to you. We look forward to assisting you soon!