When you have a plumbing emergency at your home, you need to quickly find a qualified, professional plumber to fix the problem. Here are several ways to find a plumber:
Check with your family or friends for a referral.
If you have used another contractor in your home, ask the contractor for a referral. If you search for a plumber in your city on one of the popular search engines, such as Google or Yahoo, you will find the search engines “Local Listing” of plumbers geographically near you, links to their website, and customer reviews of their work.
After you find a plumber in your area, what do you look for before you hire them? Here is a checklist of items you need to ask a 24 hour sterling heights plumber… BEFORE you hire them.
Are you licensed by the state of Michigan to do plumbing?
Always check that you are working with a licensed plumber, ask to see his state license!
There are a lot of skills you need to succeed as a plumbers in sterling heights. As a result, there are many steps an apprentice plumber needs to take to become a Journeyman Plumber. These steps and the rules for obtaining the designation of master plumber are set by the state. For a Master Plumbers license part of your experience must include industrial plumbing. In addition, they should have additional certifications to test and certify backflow devices or work on septic systems.
How many years have you been in business?
This gives you a gauge as to how viable and stable the business is and if they will be around to warrant the work they do on your home.
Are Service Technicians background checked?
The benefit of dealing with an experienced, qualified plumbing company is… they are equipped with all the necessary training, skills, plumbing tools, and experience to handle all sorts of plumbing emergencies in your home.
Does your plumber have insurance?
A plumbing company performing service in your home should have General Liability Insurance and a current Workman’s Compensation insurance certificate.
General liability insurance covers damage that might occur to your home directly caused by the plumber. If the plumber does not have his own general liability policy, any damages would be covered by your homeowners insurance.
So as a customer you do not need to worry about being responsible for a plumber having an accident while working in your home.
Do you offer plumbers in sterling heights michigan Emergency Service after hours?
A livonia MI plumbing company that advertises that they have “24/7” plumbing service should have a customer service person ready to take your call after hours. Further, the sterling heights plumbing and drain services should have on-call or after hours plumbers available to repair your plumbing emergency.
The manufacturers of plumbing parts, fixtures, and appliances typically offer a limited replacement warranty on their products.
Will my work as a sterling heights plumbers require a permit from the city or county where I live?
Typically, you must be a licensed Master to secure a 24 hour plumber sterling heights permit. The city or county will inspect the plumbing at various times during the installation to insure that the project is done to the local and state plumbing codes.
What are your sterling heights plumbing and drain services rates?
Service sterling heights plumbers charge for their work one of two ways, Time & Materials Pricing or Flat Rate Pricing. Let me explain the difference, this is very important.
With this method you only pay for the actual time it takes and materials used on the job… no more, no less.
A 24 hour plumber sterling heights using Flat Rate Pricing will charge a “Diagnostic Fee” to determine your plumbing problem and then will give you a flat rate quote to fix the problem. You know up front what it will cost for your repair. If you do not want to proceed with the repair, you are only obligated for the Diagnostic Fee.
I can tell you that the flat rate price you are given is based upon the worst case scenario for the plumbing company.
What is the most time it would take for a slow plumber to fix the problem?
In addition, with Flat Rate pricing most Service Technicians are paid commission on the price of the ticket.
Do you guarantee your work?
They should offer the homeowner a workmanship warranty and safety guarantee on their work.
Can you provide me with referrals from clients you have done work for?
Also, ask them if they are a member of any state or national plumbing associations, local chamber of commerce, or have received any awards or recognition in the community.