Finding a Family Plumber
Hiring a professional plumber is a no-brainer, but keep in mind that not all plumbers deal with all kinds of plumbing jobs. If you’re in search of someone who can address your family’s day-to-day plumbing needs, read on.
The Family Plumber
While plumbing isn’t rocket science, it needs substantial of knowledge. For instance, a professional plumber would know how to crank on PVC as much as needed without breaking it. Expertise is what keeps $10 job from overflowing into a flood of problems.
Be ready for a more urgent scenario by starting a relationship with a plumber before you even need him. If possible, make him do non-emergency repairs or fixture installations within regular business hours. If you’re a regular customer, it’s usually easier to get the plumber’s attention as opposed to being a panicked stranger begging them to fix a pipe on a Saturday night.
Before you choose a plumber, ask for proof of their license. Most states need plumbers to have a licensed, and they usually give a phone number where you can call to verify whether the license is current, and check if there are any active consumer complaints against it. Any plumber you consider must also hold a current workers’ compensation policy and $500,000 liability insurance worth at least $500,000.
The best way to find a good plumber is through personal recommendations from friends and relatives, neighbors, etc. As soon as you find a plumber you’re happy with, keep his contact details handy for emergencies.
The Cost You Pay
Most people are shocked by the bill for emergency plumbing. Does that say that plumbers are merely taking advantage? Not all the time. Usually, the short duration of the job is the main factor behind the high cost. Even if the plumber might only spend a few minutes to fix the issue, you’ll mainly be paying for his time driving to your home and back, buying parts at the store, and so on.
A plumber who mainly works with drain-clearing services is paid around $70 per hour for drain lines and about $125 per hour for sewer lines. Problems mostly can be repaired within an hour. Naturally, the hourly rate is higher when you call on a weekend or at night.
For everyday plumbing services, like repair of leaks or installation of new traps, you may have to pay $45 to $65 per hour above parts parts, which the plumber will mark up from the wholesale rate he got them for. If you call in a weekend or at night calls, you’ll probably pay as much as $100 just for the call and about $75 following the first hour. At these rates, you don’t want them to spend much time chatting, but you should ask them what options are available and how the problem can be prevented from recurring.