How to Choose 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
Plumbing isn’t rocket science, but it requires a good amount of knowledge. For example, professional plumbers know how hard they can crank on PVC before it cracks. It’s expertise that keeps a $10 repair from turning into a flood of woes.
You can prepare for a more urgent situation just by developing a relationship with a plumber even if you don’t need him yet. If possible, make him do none-emergency jobs or installations within normal business hours. Plumbers usually favor regular customers over panicky strangers who want them to work on a Saturday night.
Before you choose a plumber, ask for proof of their license. Plumbers have to be licensed in most states, and usually, you can also ask for a number that you can call to check whether they have a current license with no active complaints against it. Any plumber you consider must also hold a current workers’ compensation policy and $500,000 liability insurance worth at least $500,000.
The best way to locate a reputable plumber is to ask your people around you – relatives, friends and neighbors, real estate agents, etc. As soon as you find a plumber you’re happy with, keep his contact details handy for emergencies.
Your emergency plumbing tab usually comes as a shock. Should you think that plumbers only taking advantage? Not all the time. Usually, the short duration of the job is the main factor behind the high cost. 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.
For a plumber who specializes in drain-clearing services, prepare at least $70 hourly for drain lines and $125 hourly for sewer lines. Problems mostly can be repaired within an hour. Naturally, the hourly rate is higher when you call on a weekend or at night.
For routine plumbing services, such as new trap installations or leak repair, you might pay some $45 to $65 an hour besides the parts, which the plumber will mark up from the price for which he got them wholesale. For a weekend or night calls, expect to pay as much as $100 for the call alone and $75 after the first hour. At such rates, you don’t want to spend a lot of time chatting, but do ask them what the options are how you can prevent the problem from returning.