Finding a Family Plumber
Hiring a reputable plumber is a no-brainer, but note that not all plumbers will accept all types of work. If you’re in search of someone who can address your family’s day-to-day plumbing needs, read on.
The Family Plumber
While plumbing isn’t rocket science, it needs substantial of knowledge. It takes a professional, for instance, to crank on PVC as much as necessary without causing it to crack. Expertise is what keeps $10 job from overflowing into a flood of problems.
Be ready for a more urgent scenario by starting a relationship with a plumber before you even need him. If possible, make him do non-emergency repairs or fixture installations within regular business hours. If you’re a regular customer, it’s usually easier to get the plumber’s attention as opposed to being a panicked stranger begging them to fix a pipe on a Saturday night.
Before you pick a certain plumber, let them show you proof of their license. Most states need plumbers to have a licensed, and they usually give a phone number where you can call to verify whether the license is current, and check if there are any active consumer complaints against it. The plumber you hire also has to hold a current workers’ compensation policy, along with a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance.
The best way to find a good plumber is through personal recommendations from friends and relatives, neighbors, etc. As soon as you find a plumber you’re happy with, keep his contact details handy for emergencies.
Most people are shocked by the bill for emergency plumbing. Should you think that plumbers only taking advantage? Not necessarily. In most cases, it is the job’s short duration that drives up the high rates. While the plumber may only spend an hour to fix the problem, you’ll basically be paying for the time he spends driving to and from your home, buying parts, etc.
A plumber who mainly works with drain-clearing services is paid around $70 per hour for drain lines and about $125 per hour for sewer lines. Most problems are done in under an hour. As expected, hourly rates for weekend or night call will be higher.
For basic plumbing, like leak repair or new trap installations, you’ll probably pay around $45 to $65 hourly on top of parts, which the plumber is going to mark up from his wholesale price. For night or weekend calls, you’ll probably pay around $just for the call and about $75 after an hour. At these rates, you probably don’t want to keep chatting, but do ask what options are available to you and what can be done to keep the same issue from recurring.