No one likes a dirty bathroom or a wrecked kitchen sink or a leaking tap. The repairing and maintenance of all these areas come under plumbing zone. Plumbing is an important area in the home infrastructure, and if a plumbing job goes wrong, it creates havoc. Even to install new fixtures in a bathroom such as shower, a basin tap, or even a washing machine in a laundry area, we need a plumber.
Plumbers can be expensive, and finding the right plumber can be a tedious job. As a consumer we don’t have the knowledge of plumbing job. Finding a trustworthy plumber who charges you a reasonable rate for his service is like the proverbial needle in a haystack situation. More often than not, plumbers grossly exaggerate the problem by tapping a few times across pipes and making strangely worrisome expressions and then quote an exorbitant amount for fixing what a minor issue is really.
With some unscrupulous elements in the otherwise reliable profession out to cheat you of your hard earned money, following some basic rules can help you manage the plumbing work in your home both performance and cost wise.
Before hiring the right plumber seek recommendations from neighbours or friends. Recommendation can help avoid, hiring a cowboy plumber. One can even consult local plumbing merchant for an experience plumber, as plumbers do visit on a regular basis to these shops to buy plumbing equipment’s.
Not One, Or Two – Three Quotations
After identifying the finalising the entire scope of plumbing work required, draw up a shortlist of plumbers after scanning the local directory pages, searching on the internet and taking references from family and friends. For such tasks, “word of mouth” works best. From this shortlist, select 3 plumbers whom you think will be right for the job after you have spoken with them and checked their credentials after cross checking with references provided on parameters of work quality, sticking to committed timeline and charges. Explain the work requirement and ask for their best lowest quotes inclusive of all taxes and service charges, if any. This will leave nothing to chance and avoid the usual post completion haggling over a small amount.
A Contract is a Must
After finalising the plumber, work out a basic contract indicating the exact scope of work, the timelines and the total cost, with the name of his registered trade association and his licence number clearly mentioned. A licensed plumber is your sure bet that he his work matches industry standards and that are getting your money’s worth. Insist on verifying his original membership identification card before sign up. If the plumber insists on an advance payment, make sure that it is not more than 25% of the total charges, and you get a signed receipt. The balance payment should be staggered over the work period, with the final payment due only after the plumber completes work as per the contract terms.
Personal Supervision is Highly Recommended
No matter how trusted or organized your plumber is, personally supervising the work at regular intervals is the best way of letting the plumber know that you are not entirely in the dark of what he is doing, however this does not give you the go ahead of continuous interference, which will make things tougher for both and end up delaying the work. Last, but not the least, before making the payment of each level of completed work personally verify that the job has been done to your satisfaction, as once the instalment is paid, the plumber will not entertain any dispute regarding that level at the same cost.
An Unprofessional Plumber Can Be Costlier
A sloppy job done by an underpaid and less qualified plumber will prove to be a costly affair, and you will actually end up paying more. A professionally qualified licensed plumber with a sustained record of exemplary workmanship will demand more, but the longevity of his work will make your decision pay in the long run.
Neelam is a full time writer and writes for AQVA Bathrooms. With these above guidelines from Neelam, one can avoid hiring a cowboy plumber, and can hire the right plumber for their plumbing desired job.
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