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A Good Plumber is Hard to Find: Tips on Getting it RightIt sometimes seems like an impossible dream, but finding a good plumber is absolutely achievable if you follow these five guidelines. Happy hunting!

Your expectations

Obviously, it is a matter of personal preference but on the whole a good plumber is one who:

  • Gets the work done quickly, neatly, and efficiently.

  • Offers a guarantee on work done.

  • Has competitive pricing, and provides valuable service.

  • Can give you references.

  • Is insured and licensed.

  • Installs decent plumbing fixtures.

Guidelines for finding a good plumber

Network: Ask family, friends, and neighbors which plumber they recommend. Word-of-mouth is an excellent way of advertising, and many outstanding businesses depend on it in addition to their normal way of promoting their services. You may find a gem! 

Research: Another way of finding a good plumber is to check with your local Better Business Bureau or similar organizations. Searching the Internet is also a good starting point, but follow up with a phone call to get more details.

Quotes: Get at least three quotes for the work. To make sure that you are comparing correctly, write down your request and give it to each plumber. If it's an emergency, search the Internet for a reputable local plumber.

Questions: Check that the plumber is licensed to operate in your state before you contract for work to be done, and insurance is essential so also enquire about this. Ask about charges, how much the fee is per hour, and whether there is a call-out fee or travel charge; this is so you know exactly what costs are involved.

Documentation: When quotes are given, get them in writing, making sure they include materials and probable number of hours needed to do the work. Also, if a maintenance or service agreement is offered, read the small print and make sure you get a copy of the signed contract.

Contact Sobieski Services today to find out more about finding a good plumber or for any of your plumbing needs. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC and plumbing systems).

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