Plumbing problems are a norm in almost every home. It can be a leaky faucet, frozen pipes in the basement, a clogged toilet, or no hot water in the hot water tap. Although some plumbing issues may be easy to fix in a DIY, there are instances when only a certified and experienced plumber can fix the problem. Finding the right plumber for the job isn’t however everyone’s piece of cake. Hiring a plumber entails ensuring he/she is qualified for the job. Some of the key factors to consider when looking for a plumber to hire are outlined below.
1. Licensing and Insurance All plumbers are required to carry a license to be allowed to operate in Singapore. Always ask the prospective contractor for a copy of their license to confirm this. Most plumbing companies will have these details on their websites. The license alone isn’t enough, consider checking the license validity with the relevant licensing body. Only plumbers with an updated license should be considered for the job.
The plumber should also be insured as well. The insurance policy should cover the plumber in case of an accident and the items he/she is working on. The insurance cover eliminates liabilities that come with the job – this includes the plumber getting injured while on your property.
2. Experience. According to SG1 Plumber, a good plumber should have several years’ worth of experience on their back. Although this may depend on the task at hand, any plumber with several years’ active experience in the field understands various plumbing issues and how to handle an emergency. Although some plumbing companies may have been around for the longest time, you still need to check to ensure the plumber in question has some experience in the field. You don’t want a newbie sent over to fix a boiler problem.
3. Competence Training, certification, and licensing need to be accompanied with the contractor’s expertise. Although most plumbers have undergone regular training and certified to operate, very few are competent enough to deliver a high-quality service to their clients. Just because one has all the documentation doesn’t mean he/she will deliver. One way to know whether a plumber is competent or not is by checking their portfolio, customer reviews and ratings. Testimonials too can tell you much about the person’s expertise and reputation as well.
4. Cost of ServiceBe sure to discuss the cost of service with the plumber before awarding the job. Asking for a quote from several plumbers should help you determine the best one for the job. Although some of these plumbers may be cheap, it is best you stick to an affordable one. Some of the cheap contractors in plumbers offer substandard services. This however doesn’t mean you should go for the most expensive plumber either. Take some time to go through all the quotes to see which plumber offers value for money.
Experts recommend asking for a service guarantee for services rendered. While some of the best plumbers Singapore will be ready to give assurance for their service, most of them will shy away from this. Follow your gut feeling when making the final decision on these contractors.