Have you recently moved out into a home of your own? Is this the first time that you've been living by yourself? As an adult, there are many things that you should know, but that often isn't taught in school. One such thing that everyone should know but that is usually not taught is how to choose the correct plumber so that you have one when you need it. Although plumbing issues may be rare, knowing who to call to handle the situation is extremely valuable knowledge. Before you have any problems, some things you should ask prospective plumbers include the following.
1. What type of plumbing do you do? Different plumbers have different specialties. One plumber may focus mainly on outdoor plumbing, such as sprinklers or sewage lines, while another may have HVAC plumbing as their specialty. If you have a gas furnace, for example, you may need to call on an HVAC plumber at some point for maintenance. If you have a burst water pipe and call a plumber who specializes in gas lines instead of calling an emergency plumbing service, you're just going to be wasting both your time and theirs with the call.
2. Are you insured and/or bonded? Even the most experienced plumber in the world can sometimes make a mistake. Sometimes these mistakes might be costly and need to be remedied immediately. If he or she is carrying around a ladder and accidentally breaks one of your windows, you'll need to have it repaired or replaced.
An uninsured plumber may refuse to compensate you for this damage, and there is little you can do besides taking him or her to court. With an insured and/or bonded plumber, you can be more easily compensated for this damage without having to file a claim on your own homeowner's insurance policy.
3. Are you licensed? You should never hire anyone who claims to be a generic handyman or a plumber without ensuring that they are properly licensed per state and local regulations. While a generic handyman may, indeed, be able to replace a rubber washer to fix a leaky sink or install a new flush mechanism in your toilet, anything else should be left to a professional plumber who is able to provide proof of licensing.
Dealing with an unlicensed plumber now could be costly in the future; unlicensed plumbers may not be fully knowledgeable in plumbing matters and may do things like connecting two incompatible types of pipe together or using the completely wrong type of pipe for the job, resulting in costly damage in the near future.