Helpful Hints for Hiring a Reputable Affordable Plumber

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					Helpful Hints for Hiring a Reputable, Affordable Plumber

It's inevitable. At some point in time, you, as a homeowner and do-it-yourselfer, will have to call a plumber.
While the going hourly rate for plumbers can be a bit pricey, remember they earn their fee because they are
the professionals, especially in really icky situations. However, that doesn't mean you have to throw your
money away either. There are several helpful hints to follow to ensure you find a reputable plumber and get
the most bang for your buck.

1. Do not focus on the hourly rate alone when calling around for a plumber. Talk to several plumbing
companies and narrow down your choices to those with comparable rates. Then, you need to determine
whether they have an upstanding reputation or a bad track record. The plumbing company with the largest
yellow page ad, the biggest website or the most commercials on the radio or television is not necessarily the
best choice just because they are visible.

Get references from neighbors who were pleased with their plumbers. Consider using a service that
prescreens contractors in advance so you know your choices are reputable. Look to the Better Business
Bureau for plumbers who are members and in good standing with no unresolved complaints or issues.

2. Ask about travel time expenses, cost of supplies and any other "extras" you might find on your final bill.
Often times, there are ways to reduce the price you pay. For instance, you can purchase the plumbing pipes,
fixtures and supplies in advance at a cheaper rate than what a plumber would charge you. This is particularly
helpful when you know what the problem is but cannot fix it yourself.

To save on the hourly rate, have a list of items to be worked on in advance and relay it to the plumber. That
way, they will pack the correct tools and parts so they do not have to return to their workshop for them, thus
accumulating extra travel and time charges. Consider clearing or prepping the plumbing work area to save
time for the plumber and expense for you. Offer to do the clean-up yourself to save a little more.

3. Preventative maintenance is important as it can reduce your dependency on a plumber thereby keeping
money in your pocket. Clear the drains of hair and other debris. Clean grease buildup with a solution of
boiling water and soap and pour it down sluggish drains on occasion. Invest in a plunger or "snake" tool to
remove clogs on your own.

Word of mouth and referrals are the best ways to hire a plumber that is both reputable and affordable. If you
trust in your neighbor's opinions and the price is comparable to other quotes you received, go with that
recommendation. You are likely going to get better service and better pricing when you mention a referral
more often than not. Repeat business is what keeps them in business.

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